What our customers say
Gaurav Bhogale
San Francisco, California

Private Pilot Training


I want to let you know how much I enjoyed working with John to get my Private Pilot’s License. The accelerated program was the best use of my time and was very cost effective. John is an excellent instructor, very patient and always ready with tips to ace all PPL maneuvers. He gave my confidence a solid boost and ensured I was a safe and competent pilot before my checkride. Instead of wasting hours flying infrequently, I would recommend AFIT to one and all looking to get their pilot training completed in the best possible way!

Best Regards

Christo Anderson
Santa Barbara, California

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Hey Tony,

I couldn’t imagine learning aviation any other way than with AFIT. The highly accelerated program let me attain an incredible wealth of knowledge in the optimal and succinct amount of time. My instructor, Shawn, was the ideal teacher for me; his high experience (+9,000 hours), aggressively planned out routines, relatable personality to most all people and enthusiastic appreciation for aviation made my experience nothing short of desired. This man deserves heavy praise, no exaggeration there!

Thank you endlessly for convincing me to take a chance with AFIT – my knowledge gained here will be forever with me.

Justin Bram
Los Angeles, California

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Hey Tony,

Working with Jason over my two weeks of flight training was a blast. Jason pushed me to excel and thoroughly prepared me for my check ride, which I just passed yesterday. He over-prepared me and the check ride went very smoothly (Jason’s standards were higher than the examiner’s). I’m ecstatic and feel like a confident and safe pilot. It was a demanding two weeks, but I couldn’t imagine learning how to fly any other way. It was a pleasure learning under Jason’s guidance and I appreciate all of the care he put into my training. After my first solo, Jason took me flying in his aerobatic plane, which was a great experience and kept me motivated about the possibilities of aviation! I intend to work with AFIT again when I go after my IFR rating.

Thanks for everything.

Andre Maldonado

14-Day PPL Thanks what a great experience

Thank you for your help in making my dream of becoming a private pilot come through.

I want to specially thank you for recommending Tom for the job.

Tom is a great pilot, a great instructor, and a great person. He guided me through this very intense program with a well-crafted combination of patience, strictness, and personal support that got me through in just
14 days!

What else would you ask for?

Un abrazo

Tripp Rosenfelt
Tucson, Arizona

My Private Pilot Training

“I can’t say enough positive things about my training experiences with AFIT and my CFI, Todd. I was incredibly fortunate to start AFIT training the summer I turned 16 and with Todd’s expertise and instruction – I solo’d a Cessna 172 before I even had my driver’s license. I returned to intensive training a year later – after turning 17 (per FAA regulation) – to refresh and prepare for my FAA oral exam and check-ride. Todd (my CFI) was amazing – in my corner every step of the way; truly a world class instructor, coach and mentor. With and because of Todd’s wisdom and expert instruction, coupled with Tony and AFIT’s unfailing support, I now hold a FAA PPL! Most of all, I’m excited about continuing to learn and grow my skill set and ratings as a pilot with AFIT.”

Todd is and was truly awesome and I will forever be in his and your debt for all of the support.

Thank you for everything!

Matt A. Confer Esq.
Jackson, Wyoming

My Private Pilot Training


I had a great time getting my pilots license. Todd was a perfect fit for me and tailored the program to utilize my previous flying experience. I just got checked out to rent a high performance 172 at my local airport and can’t wait to get up in the air again.

Jack Renard USMMA
Kings Port, New York

14-Day Private Pilot Training

My experience with AFIT was nothing short of perfection. The two weeks flew by (pardon the pun). In all seriousness with Tony’s organization and John’s expert instruction gave me the tools to succeed. Getting a private pilot certificate in two weeks is not easy, but with John’s instruction it didn’t feel like work at all.

I recommend AFIT to anyone who wants to earn their certificate quickly and the right way.

Seriously thank you both.

Mark Carpenter
Aubrey, Texas

Private Pilot Training


Thanks for the email. Very prompt as usual, I should not expect anything else!

Your 10-day finish up was exactly as promised. Todd is a real professional, very calm, good humored and knowledgeable. We hit it off great, but honestly I think Todd could get on with anyone. He sized up my experience quickly and focused on what we needed to work on. I soloed in 4 days and passed the check ride at the end of the finish up. Todd really knew when to push and when to call it quits for the day. He made what had previously been a frustrating learning experience really fun again. Rexburg is a good place to learn – plenty of new experience for me at altitude and 10 degrees cooler than Dallas!

As to AFIT overall, you communication has always been prompt and accurate, again very professional.

Once again, thanks and best regards

Nick Casey
San Louis Obispo, Ca

10-Day Instrument Training


I could not be more impressed with the training I received through Accelerated Flight & Instrument Training. The curriculum, equipment, and quality of instruction completely surpassed any expectations that I had. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous at first.. as I had never received so much consecutive training in such a small amount of time. The moment training began, it immediately became clear that there was nothing to worry about. Daily ground and flight training was structured in a logical, intuitive, progression of skills which built upon each other. Mike was awesome well!! I learned more from him in 40 hours of training than I did in the 100+ hours of training I came in with. He is calm, clear, and extremely patient, though he’s not afraid to challenge you when you get too comfortable. He knows when to assert himself and make crucial info known, as well as when to keep the cockpit a sterile environment so you can acclimate to your setting. Repetition was key- I couldn’t imagine getting my instrument license in any other format. I will definitely be training with AFIT again in the near future!


Nicholas Guyer​
​Roseburg, Oregon​ / Anchorage Alaska

10-Day IFR Training

Hi Tony,

Tom did an outstanding job getting me prepared for my instrument check ride. He was willing to work with me and overcome multiple aircraft issues and weather days. He is extremely knowledgeable and an excellent instructor.

I would recommend him to anyone wanting to further their education in aviation. Thanks for everything.


John Bredall
Pacifica, California

14-Day Private Pilot Training

It’s hard to believe how much can get done in as little as two weeks! If you had told me how much progress I would’ve made in such a short amount of time, I wouldn’t have believed you. But thanks to my time with Greg, I now can fly comfortably and confidently. He was always incredibly patient, understanding, and an all-around great and fun guy. We even brought my friend along and flew up to Tahoe after my first week!

It’s hard to overstate how quickly and thoroughly the program trained me in such a short amount of time. I went from soloing a mere three traffic patterns to flying solo long distance cross country in a matter of days! AFIT has given me many great skills and memories as I set out to pursue more with my pilots license. I couldn’t think of a better way to have kickstarted my future in aviation!

Best wishes,

John Bredall

Zackery U Belford
Elizabeth, Illinois

10-Day Instrument Training

After training back in May with AFIT to get my private pilots’ certificate, I turned back to them get my instrument rating. It was ten days well spent advancing my aviation career.

This time I brought my own plane to the party and Mike was wonderful in teaching me how to get the most out of my very limited equipment. The aircraft I was training in only had a single VOR, no DME, and no stand by frequency in the nav. Mike helped me get her set up so that I could shoot VOR/LOC/ILS that requires multiple frequency changes. That’s what I love about training with AFIT, their instructors have plenty of hours under their belt and are excellent at bringing up techniques to make pilot workload lighter.

Instrument training over the short period of time means that it is going to be a lot more intense, and it was. I made sure that I had my cross-country time and some hood time with a safety pilot (per the FARs you need 40 hours of hood time, but only 20 has to be with an instructor). Knocking as much of the training out of the way as possible before hand allowed me and Mike to spend more time focusing on my instrument flying instead of just building cross country time. If you have the opportunity to develop some flight skills before coming out, it will certainly make training a lot easier for you.

For people concerned about AFIT teaching you to pass the tests and having examiners that go easy on you, I had an individual from the FAA sit in on my check ride as part of their standard operating procedure to make sure that my examiner did her job correctly. He was more than happy with my performance and was pleasant to work with as well. At the end of the day I can say that because of my training with Mike that I am confident in my instrument flying abilities.

As always, Tony was there helping me get things set up for my next round of training. This time around I had a better handle for things and didn’t need as much help, but he was still there fielding phone calls and getting back with me in fairly short notice. Overall, it was a pleasant experience yet again training with AFIT.
Very Respectfully,

Zackery U Belford

Mike Trompeter
San Antonio, Texas

10-Day Instrument Training

I have been working on my instrument rating on and off for 5 years. Every time I would get motivated the distractions of life got in the way and I would get sidetracked. I decided to try something different, an accelerated training program. I contacted many of them and felt like Tony at AFIT was my best match. He allowed me to use my plane and he gave me many choices regarding locations and instructors.

I was paired with John in the Denver area which turned out to be a perfect match for me. John is a great instructor and a wonderful person. He not only got me trained for the check ride but he taught me countless tips on how to be a better pilot. His knowledge and ability to explain was excellent.

These guys have everything set up for your success as long as you put in the work. It is not an easy process. It was hard work and sometimes tiring and stressful but I know for me it’s the only way I could have gotten it done.

Thank you John and Tony for helping me get the rating and become a better pilot!!!

Mike Trompeter

Matt Sanfilippo 
Las Vegas, Nevada

Private Pilot Training


I want to commend John on his superior training capabilities.  He has the respect of the DPE as well, which is utterly important in this process.

My experience with John was second to none.  I was convinced that my flying skills were to par for test purposes until arriving in Utah for my week of immersion training.  John instilled the skills and technique that I needed to accomplish any landings, at any given wind angle and speed.  He is a polished provider of aviation training.   I was able to overcome any hurdle that came at me during my check ride as a result of John diligent preparation.   It was a joy to learn from the best!

Best to you,
Matt Sanfilippo

Landon Lox
Pensacola, Florida

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Good afternoon Tony.  I wanted to convey to you how impressed I was at the knowledge and professionalism of my instructor Mike at Lincoln, California.  I wouldn’t have been able to pass my check ride without his cool and calm instruction.  For those that care, I am a combat veteran of Afghanistan.  I know, we’re a dime a dozen now.  But I was in a few gun fights that were never as intense as flying.  The first week I was drenched in sweat I was so nervous.  But gradually, day by day Mike taught me how to fly good ‘ole Cessna 80246.  I knew I was getting better and more confident the dryer I was when I got out of the plane!  Ha!  This was a long road getting this private pilot license and I was a bit skeptical about doing it in two weeks.  It was a perfect block of time.  I would highly recommend this course if you’re on the fence about it.

Having that knowledge test passed before you show up will allow you to concentrate on flying the dang plane.  The days will be LONG and the last thing you will want to do is go back to your lodging and read.  I mean that wholeheartedly. So please for your own good read and study BEFORE showing up.  I can’t say enough about how much fun it was.  It was quite enjoyable and I look forward to doing my instrument training with AFIT as well.

Thanks again Tony for your understanding and flexibility of my schedule.

Kind Regards
Landon Lox

CEO Sandbox Security, Inc.

Justin Kong
Seattle, Washington

14-Day Private Pilot Course

Thank you both so much for helping me in a difficult position; because of AFIT I am now able to apply for the Reserves Pilot Board which meets at the end of the month.

I had a great time with the AFIT program. I was in a tough situation when I was forced to finish a PPL as a requirement for a program. All the flight schools in my area were booked and I was laughed at when I mentioned it needed to be done by the end of the next month. I was ridiculed and told by all 6 flight schools it would take at least 2 months to complete ground school alone.

Fast forward to the AFIT program; Tony was able to schedule me in very quickly and I was in Sacramento the next day from Seattle. I was blown away by the professionalism and ease of instruction by Andy. Andy is a phenomenal instructor with a lot of patience and has a hands off approach to teaching which allowed me to learn from my mistakes quickly.  I came in with 11 flying hours but no ground instruction, and the King’s online course provided by Tony helped me pass the knowledge test and prepare well for the checkride in under a week. Although the course was accelerated, I was not overwhelmed with the flight lessons and the curriculum created by Andy and Tony makes it easy for anyone to succeed.  Andy’s extensive flying experience means he gives tons of practical advice and can explain seemingly difficult concepts with ease. In the end, I was able to complete my checkride and have my Private Pilot Certificate in no time! Thank you AFIT for making this possible!

Justin Kong

Seattle, Washington

Jan Ralph
London and Singapore

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Massive thanks to John my CFI and Tony for arranging training in the U.S to pass my 2 week accelerated PPL Course.  Although challenging the training was great and had an amazing time flying all over Southern California.
Would recommend the AFIT accelerated course to anyone who has a lifelong goal to be one of the few with a PPL.  I look forward to coming back next year to add an instrument rating to my licence.

Many thanks again John and Tony

Jan Ralph

Mitch Carlson
Cottonwood, California

My Commercial Training


Overall, my experience with Greg and AFIT was very positive. Greg put in a ton of effort to provide thorough and professional training.  We spent many long hours prepping for the oral portion of the check-ride and the practical portion of the check-ride. I was pretty worn out at the end of every day, and that’s what I was wanting.  When Greg had some personal issues come up, he made arrangements with Mike Poteet to come in and assist with my training.

Greg and Mike were very knowledgeable and presented information in a professional and easy to follow manner.  Both went the extra mile to make sure I was prepared for my check-ride.  I would definitely recommend Greg and Mike as instructors.

Thank You,

Mitch Carlson


John Lauria
New York

My Private Pilot Training

Obtaining my pilot’s license has always been a lifelong dream, however, life events have always seemed to get in the way of this goal.  I’ve had some flight training prior to taking the AFIT course but the skills erosion associated with being a weekend warrior, at the mercy of inclement weather, prevented me from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

I’m a banker in New York City with a hectic and dynamic schedule.  The AFIT course made obtaining my pilot’s license a safe reality in a compressed timeframe and is specifically designed for people who are self-disciplined, driven, committed, and willing to do the pre-work required to hit the ground running.  I opted to take two weeks off of work, disconnect myself from everyday life, and park myself in a rural California town where I could focus on the goal at hand.

I was paired with an outstanding flight instructor who was dedicated to me and only me, day in, day out; he also ensured safety was the primary goal, not successful completion of the course.  The way the AFIT course itself was laid out gave me a well-articulated roadmap to follow as I progressed through my lessons and FAA requirements.  I felt comfortable at every stage – my first solo, my first cross-country, my FAA oral and check ride – and am now a Private Pilot, thanks to AFIT.

Flight instructors are, in essence, teachers.  Not all teachers are created equal and the same is certainly true about flight instructors.  I’ve had a few flight instructors in the past but none as committed, knowledgeable, and patient as Andy.

Flying involves a lot of science – physics, statics, dynamics – but Andy’s teaching techniques are an art.  He has a unique and effective way of articulating complex subject matter, often times through easy-to-understand real-life examples.  I ask a lot of questions and Andy was as patient in the cockpit as he was on the ground; he took the time to explain things in depth which greatly improved my overall flying and learning curve.  Andy does things by the book, as all pilots should, and during every step of my lessons with him, safety was the top priority.

Flight instructors have a lasting impact on the future flying habits of their students.  I certainly lucked out with Andy – he is a class act and I will undoubtedly be visiting him again for my instrument and commercial ratings.  Highly recommended!

I highly recommend this course to anyone who fits the personal attributes mentioned above.  I cannot speak highly enough about Tony, my flight instructor Andy, and the AFIT course.

Greg Adler
Manhattan Beach, California

A Great experience / My 14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

I had a terrific experience learning to fly with AFIT!  Tony was very helpful insuring a smooth process. My instructor, John Mowatt, was top notch and made the training enjoyable from takeoff to landing.

I would recommend AFIT and John to anyone looking to fulfill their dream of becoming a pilot.  I sure did!

Chris Flynn
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Success in Salt Lake City (Private Pilot Training)


Please let me send enormous ‘Thanks’ to you and my PPL instructor, Tom.  After years of working toward my private pilot’s license (and having invested thousands of dollars in another ‘finish up’ group who could not deliver what they promised), you both helped me to earn my certificate in November. What a tremendous feeling of accomplishment, that is directly related to Tom’s incredible knowledge as a pilot and skills as an instructor. Tom has ”nerves of steel and calmness of a saint.”  Hour after hour in the air or on the ground, he would (without ever raising his voice) continue to reinforce good habits and correct bad ones.  He was intensely dedicated to getting my training done, too.

Tom was extremely friendly to get to know, as well.  He is a remarkable man and I’m so fortunate to have met and learned from him.   

I can’t thank you both, enough — for helping me to achieve this life-long goal!  

David Weisser
Tacoma, Washington

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training


John has the ability of making the unique challenges and pressures of learning to fly seem fun and doable.  His positive attitude and approach combined with his impressive logbook really do make him a highly sought after instructor.

I really enjoyed my time with him and am glad we got to work together. 

Thank you John.

Michael Buller
Honolulu, Hawaii

My 6-Day Commercial Training

Aloha Tony and Mark,

I want to thank you and your school for your help and last minute schedule flexibility.  Mark is a patient instructor who works on Hawaiian time.  We went with the flow according to the weather, and we either started earlier or worked later depending on each days unique situation. I was able to earn my rating in the promised time, and now I’m on to becoming a VFR Captain with my current flying gig


Tam Anh Doerp
Berlin, Germany

My 14-Day Private Pilot Course

My experience at AFIT was an unforgettable one. Working with John has been such an honor; he was very helpful in every way even when I had some doubts when things got overwhelming. I learned a lot in such a short amount of time, and I would have never imagined that I would be able to do my first solo after one week and my first cross-country solo shortly after. This is the biggest milestone in my life and many more to come as I will continue flying in the future. I always knew that I wanted to be a pilot and it became surreal after my first solo. I had a lot of encouragement from John. This absolutely motivated me to keep pursuing my dream. I had an incredible time working with and learning from John. I am very looking forward to coming back and do some more flying with John.


Race Krueger
Fresno, California

10-Day Instrument Training Course / Cessna T182T / G1000

Hey Tony,

Just wanted to let you know how incredible this program was for me! Shawn was an absolute joy to fly with and was incredibly educational. He went above and beyond to make sure that I was the safest IFR pilot I could be. He went out of his way to find actual IMC for me to fly in and I ended up with over 8 hours of actual time. There was not a single procedure I was worried about on the check ride as Shawn was so thorough. My examiner cancelled on me last second and Shawn ended up calling many different examiners around the area to get me scheduled just a day later than expected! I was 100% confident throughout the entire process. I made my flight home on a filed IFR flight plan and flew an approach in actual IMC at night and felt absolutely confident in myself as Shawn was such an incredible instructor! I would absolutely recommend this program to anybody wanting an instrument rating and I have nothing but praise for Shawn Robinson as an instructor.

Thank You.

Cale Wester
Star, Idaho

10-Day Instrument Training Course / Cessna 210 / Garmin 430 / Avidyne IFD540


I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for the great experience with my 10-day AFIT instrument course! After completing the course and passing my check ride, I can’t imagine any more efficient and thorough way of obtaining an instrument rating. It was a lot of work and study, and I give so much credit to my instructor, John. He was not only experienced and knowledgeable, but he has a real talent for teaching. He was able to quickly identify my learning style, and adapt his teaching style to match it. On top of all that, John is just a great person that is enjoyable to be around – that makes a huge difference! There is a reason he has that gold seal! It sounds cliche, but I can’t say enough good things about him. Kudos to AFIT for building a team of such strong instructors.


Cale Wester

Sonya Atkinson
Brandon, Mississippi

10-Day IFR Training in my Bonanza

Hi Tony,

My training went very well. It was truly a pleasure to work with John and, I am very happy with the service your organization provided.

Thank you so much for the wonderful training. 

Sonya Atkinson

Leonardo Zapparoli
Milan, Italy / New York, New York

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training

Dear Tony

When I was first told that it was possible to go from zero to a Private Pilot in just 14 days, I was flabbergasted. But after I received my training from John, I realized it was possible.

My experience of AFIT was phenomenal. The quality of your instruction, your  dedication to me, and the efficiency of the whole program was excellent. For those who are willing to spend two concentrated weeks focusing only on flying, I believe that AFIT is by far the best route to take.

The consistently beautiful weather in California, together with the convenience of the airport, and the quality of instruction make the amount of learning possible in those two weeks endless. My instruction from John was top-notch. I made a good friend, and learning from such a great pilot who was genuinely involved in my progress was a fantastic experience.

My overall experience with AFIT was outstanding. Thank you John for your dedication and sincerity. I look forward to being back for my instrument rating.

Best Regards,
Leonardo Zapparoli

Isiah Thompson
McArthur, California

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training

Hi Tony,

I just wanted to say thank you and that the accelerated course was just what I needed to be able to successfully knock out my license. Ruben was a blast to fly with and taught me a lot. The other instructors that I met along the way were very nice as well.

My time with AFIT was definitely worth it.

Thank you for everything,

Isiah Thompson

Neal Mueller
San Francisco, California

My 10-Day Private Pilot Finish-Up Course

A colleague recommended AFIT to me and I’m glad he did. Greg and Michael at AFIT taught me how to fly! I trained with them to get my Private Pilot Certificate and will be coming back to them for my Instrument Rating. They’re more knowledgeable than other CFIs. And that matters because they make the FAA regulations make sense. They don’t just know the answers. They also know the best way to teach the material. AFIT is a professional school with a syllabus that they stick to – look for that before you consider another school. The syllabus keeps them focused on fundamentals, not distracting details. And their helpful mnemonics (GUMPS, CTAF, PAVE, DECIDE, CFIT) will forever be drilled in your head, to keep you safe, and help you pass your check ride.

I’ve had a lot of fun training and great experiences flying! I recommend AFIT to anyone.

Neal Mueller (on right) with FAA DPE

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