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Adam Rogers
Ruidoso, New Mexico

14-Day Private Pilot Training In MY Cessna T182T / G1000

I signed up with A.F.I.T. for my flight training while I was finishing up my ground school. Tony with A.F.I.T. was very helpful, always answered the phone, and spent time answering questions and entertaining curiosities. Tony also helped me purchase an aircraft through advice he was giving me.  He signed me up with Greg at their Lincoln California facility. Greg was amazing from the start at being very easy to get along with and helping me to start learning immediately. I have had two other CFI’s and neither of them compared to how well Greg was able to get me learning and learning fast from the start. Greg teaching style with this type of school is very well dialed in.  There were a lot of hard days with so much I was learning my brain was about to explode, LOL.  But what’s amazing, is his confidence through the whole thing kept me pushing and trusting and by checkride day I had no doubt, when halfway through this thing I thought there was no way.

I absolutely and highly recommend using A.F.I.T. and if you can Greg as your Instructor choice you’ll have no problems earning your Private Pilot License!    

It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Thanks Guys.

Adam Rogers

Christy Sorensen
Los Angeles, California

My Private Pilot Finish-Up Training

I came to AFIT with a healthy dose of transatlantic jetlag, a strict time schedule, and Tony made a miracle possible- he immediately matched me with an instructor who could help me achieve my goal. 

Once you get to know a bit more about John you quickly learn that he is in the business of “wow”ing you. It’s evident in the stories he may share about his success in every realm of life- he’s a man of passion and commitment toward his many talents. You too will develop admiration for his willingness and commitment to share his time and teaching skill with others.  He demands your best effort, he has infectious optimism- more than enough to trump a stubborn realist who arrived with an acute fear of crosswind landings. There were moments of doubt, but John kept me focused on the end state. He had enough belief in me for the both of us, and before long I was able to overcome my fear to enjoy flying again. John showed me that I have the capability to do more than tiptoe around complex airspace – because now I have successfully accomplished it solo and have earned my Private Pilot License.

I am convinced that I could not have completed this elsewhere. I am so grateful to John and to the AFIT team and highly recommend their training services.

Regards,
Christy Sorensen

Michel Naquet
San Mateo, California

IFR Finish-Up Training

I live in the SF Bay Area, and I was struggling to schedule time with both instructors and a DPE to finish my IFR training and take the check ride.   As I researched different alternatives, the solution proposed by AFIT seemed the most appropriate: spend a few days in Lincoln, CA with a CFI and take the check ride at the end.  My instructor, Andy, was very pleasant, extremely knowledgeable, and spot on the small details that helped me pass the test.

This has been a very good experience.

Thanks and best regards
Michel Naquet

Tyler Jewell
San Francisco, California

IFR Finish-Up course

After it took nearly a year to get my pilot’s license, I was looking for ways to compress the instrument training so that I could pursue my core mission – being able to fly family throughout the West coast. The AFIT team was able to schedule 8 days with me during a 2 month break that I had planned away from work. We were able to work through all of the requirements and get into training for the check ride. The AFITservice works hard to get an examiner scheduled for the last day and this is really essential with some examiners being delayed nearly 6 months. The training was done old school – a plane with two VORs, no DME, no GPS, no auto-pilot and this was great as it forces all of the core skills needed for being an instrument pilot. The transition to GPS and G1000 was simple since most of my private was done with those systems. Andy was attentive to the deficiencies that were in my training and tailored the curriculum to those needs. It’s now onto buying my own plane and getting endorsed for mountain flying and high performance!

Thanks AFIT
Tyler Jewell

Jason Martin
Clyde, New York

10-Day IFR Training Course / Cirrus SR-22 / Avidyne Integra

Hi Tony,

I was very happy with the whole training process. I thought the training was scheduled out nicely because it is a decent amount to learn in a short time.

Also an A+ job from Mark! 

Jason Martin

Sean O’Toole
Truckee, California

10-Day IFR Training in My Cessna 206 with G1000

Hi Tony,

Thank you for setting me up with Mike for the 10 day accelerated instrument course. I’ve had a lot of instruction over the years, and Mike really stood out. There are so many things in flying that you are expected to know, but which are only presented in ways that seem to require rote memorization. Mike, for the first time, explained many of those items to me in a way that put them into context, making them far easier to remember. My son was working on his private with another of your instructors simultaneously, and Mike went out of his way to help him as well.

While I had some idea of going in, spending 40 hours under the hood in 9 days was tougher than I expected. Here again, Mike made it easier by being an enjoyable companion who had a good sense of when to push me, and when it was time for a break. He also made it fun by incorporating destinations that were interesting, and when schedule permitted, had great food.

I did my private the traditional route and it took months. I constantly felt like I was starting over to some degree after breaks due to weather, plane availability, instructor schedules, etc. I know some people feel that you don’t learn as much going the accelerated route, but I personally found it far better. By being 100% focused during the training I believe I built skills more quickly and will remember more than if I’d again tried to fit in lessons before, after or in the middle of the workday, with all of its distractions.

Thanks again for your help getting both my son and I scheduled, setting us up with great instructors, and in making sure we both had the skills we needed to pass our check rides on the same day.

Best,

Sean O’Toole

Ryan O'Toole
Truckee, California

14-Day Private Pilot Training.

Tony,

During the course of my two week training period, Ruben helped me in so many ways to evolve and grow my flying proficiency and knowledge. No matter the circumstances, his positive attitude and resolve helped me through the course and motivated me during the long, hot summer days. I can’t thank Ruben enough for his help, kindness, knowledge, positivity, even going as far as filming a short video of my flight training progress.

His enthusiasm makes me want to keep flying as much as possible and I can’t thank him enough for instilling that in me!

Thanks,

Ryan O’Toole

Michael Merola
El Cerrito, California

Private Pilot Finish-Up Course

I highly recommend Greg as a CFI with the AFIT program. I had been slowly marching towards my PPL for almost 2 years and never was able to make that final push due to instructor availability, weather, aeroplane availability, and my own schedule. Greg and I spent 8 intensive days together and knocked it out. There was an aircraft dedicated to me those 8 days and it was always in great condition. Greg was a phenomenal instructor, quickly assessing where work was needed and not. By day 4 it was clear that my flying was looking check ride ready. Instead of just forcing more pattern work, Greg saw the chance to keep pushing and got me up into the mountains with him to try out some challenging strips. This was a huge confidence booster, an invaluable lesson in mountain flying, and made the check ride feel much less challenging. Highly suggest you work with Greg too.

Michael Merola

Andy Bushong
Laurel, Maryland

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training

Hi Tony,

I had a great experience with Tom as my flight instructor over the two weeks that I was out in Salt Lake City. Tom is a very experienced and knowledgeable pilot and instructor. Tom is very thorough and we stayed ahead of schedule throughout my entire training. Tom gave great tips and pointers that other instructors in the past had not mentioned. All of this help made this the best flight instruction I have ever had. Working with you and Tom was an absolute pleasure and I recommend everyone should take the AFIT training it is top notch!

Andy Bushong

Henry Chow
Yorba Linda, California

14-day Private Pilot Training Course

Thank you to AFIT for the amazing experience of flight school. To start, Tony was amazing in providing instant customer service and advice on what to expect and how to prepare. In addition to the numerous options and flight locations, AFIT was tailored to my schedule and helped me achieve my goals in the fastest and most diligent way possible. Craig was an incredible mentor and friend, I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. He walked me through every detail that was demanded of me for the Private Pilot Certificate and ultimately did it in both a professional and light hearted way. There is no doubt in my mind that AFIT is an amazing flight school that helps it’s students through a demanding process. I wish you two the best and thank you again for an amazing 14 days!

Sincerely,

Henry Chow
Yorba Linda, California

Luke M. Seo
Kirkland, Washington

14-Day Private Pilot Course

“Coming into a two-week accelerated PPL program, I was both scared and extremely intimidated. However, my CFI, Andy. made sure that I was comfortable and helped me perform at my best every day.

AFIT has allowed me to mark a check off my bucket list and has helped me better shape my plans for my future aviation career. With no doubt, anybody could complete the two-week program that I have just successfully gone through. All it takes is some motivation and a love for flying.

AFIT provides a plethora of resources for student pilots to shine. I am grateful for Tony and Andy for believing in me and always assisting me with whatever I needed.

I sincerely appreciate all that you have done for me. Thank you.

Very Respectfully,

LUKE M. SEO
Kirkland, Washington

Jonathan Smith
San Francisco, California

10-Day IFR Training Course

Shawn was a great instructor for my accelerated instrument course. He has a long career in aviation, and I appreciated the real-world experience that he brought to the training. He made sure to get me some approaches in actual IMC, which was very helpful (and should be mandatory for the rating, in my opinion). Now that I’m back in the Bay Area, I look forward to flying through our fog soon!

Thanks for everything.

Jonathan Smith
San Francisco, California

Vincent J. McMahon
Indianapolis, Indiana

10-day IFR Training CT182T G1000

Tony,

I hope this note finds you well.   Dropping you a note on my IFR experience with your firm.  It was a year ago today that I started training with John in Van Nuys, CA.  John is a tremendous instructor!  I was most appreciative of his level headed thought process in regards to my progression.  He was quietly confident, observant and able to gradual get me ready to pass my check ride.  First time to fly in B airspace with more traffic than I had experienced.  Mountainous terrain that I had never experienced.  Ocean flying as well.  Quite a bit of change for a pilot from the Heartland.

Attribute that life-long goal of becoming a better pilot to John.  He is a great person and a tremendous instructor.  Your fortunate to have him with your firm.

Regards,

Vincent J. McMahon
Director,  Financial Planning | CFS
Edelman Financial Engines
Indianapolis, Indiana

Kaylan Kelsen
Santa Cruz, California

IFR Finish-Up Course

Tony-

Thank you for setting me up with Shawn. He was exactly what I’ve been looking for to wrap up my training.

I can’t thank you enough!

All the best,

Kaylan Kelsen
Santa Cruz, California

Dave Murdoch
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

6 Day Commercial training Cirrus SR-22 Turbo

Tony,

I wanted to share with you that I feel Shawn is a 5 star trainer.  He has a very calming personality but yet is very experienced.  As we started training in my Cirrus SR22T about day 3, I was starting to feel like I may not be able to do the practical maneuvers to the prescribe standards, but Shawn assured me that I was progressing each day and getting very close to completing the maneuvers to the standards as the days we were training it was gusting winds.  After 2 more days it all clicked with Shawn’s help and my stress came down.  I will say it was much more challenging trying to do commercial maneuvers in a turbo Cirrus.  Training completed and Shawn signed me off to take the check ride

So check ride day, the DPE was also have a very calm personality that helped but I was still stressed.  As I progressed through the checkride and pretty much aced the oral exam, we went flying.  The DPE explained ahead of time the order that he wanted to do maneuvers and several different types of landings.  As we were flying and only completing a couple of maneuvers the DPE told me to return to the airport.  I was stressed at this point because we didn’t complete everything he said we were going to do. What did I do wrong?  Upon retuning to the pattern he told me to do a soft field landing, ok, did that, taxied back for take off, that’s 1 of the 4 landings I was told he wanted, as climbing out to remain in pattern the DPE told me to advise the tower this would be a full stop with taxi to hanger.  I said ok, but now stressed more as to what didn’t I do right?  But I continued, and the DPE asked for a short field landing, which I did right on the numbers as the DPE requested.  After shutting down, the DPE asked if I had any questions, and I asked, what did I fail?  The DPE said why would I ask that, and I said that we did not do all the maneuvers he told me we would do nor all the landings.  The DPE advised that he saw that from the start I had the plane and the avionics mastered, that the maneuvers I did were smooth and it appeared that I had them mastered without effort.   He added at no time did he feel I did not have complete control of all aspects of the plane or the flight and felt he did not need to see any further maneuvers.  The DPE then issued my temporary Commercial Certificate.   I think the comments from the DPE are a direct reflection on the professional training I received from Shawn. If anyone is looking for a professional instructor, look no further than Shawn!!!

I would offer that you may share my contact information if anyone would like to contact me as a reference.

Thank you,

Dave Murdoch
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Richard Morrison
Canyon Lake, Texas

6 Day Commercial Training

Hi Tony,

Quick note to say the commercial training with John was off the chart fun.

Thanks for everything.

Richard Morrison
Canyon Lake, Texas

Liban Ali
Seattle, Washington

8-Day Private Pilot Finish-Up Course

Tony,

I want you to know Ruben is great instructor. He is someone who understands my learning style. I appreciate you for being flexible with me after all that I went through, you guys were still able to help me out. I’m forever grateful. Ruben made possible what I thought was impossible to achieve.

Thank you both and hope to see you guys soon for another rating. Possible instrument.

Regards,

Liban Ali
Seattle, Washington

Jay Vincent
Chicago, IL

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Tony,

Thank you for delivering on the promise of accelerated flight instruction. The 14 Day Private Pilot course provided me exactly what I needed to get my private pilot license. The guidance on how and what to study for the written exam along with the concise reading list and curriculum helped me arrive prepared to focus on the flying.

With no experience flying a Cessna 172 and just a few hours of introductory flight lessons over the past 20 years, I was stunned how quickly my instructor, Ruben, was able to transform me from lifelong aviation enthusiast to pilot. He not only helped me develop the skills to fly quickly but also the confidence to believe that I could safely solo after only 20 hours of flight and go on to earn my private pilot certificate.

While I returned home fulfilled in a very meaningful way, in a way I am still left wanting though. The feeling of community I felt with the team at AFIT and the whole KLHM community is something I already miss and will always remember. Frankly, the genuine interest in and support for my 14-day mission was clear from the start. Looking back, that part of my experience with AFIT was instructional too.

As I join the community at my home airport as a certificated pilot, I now know well how I can support those who are beginning this journey. Thanks to the team in Lincoln, CA for charting this clear path forward for me. My future as an aviator and responsible member of the general aviation community will forever benefit from this early guidance.

With that said, please know you can count me as another satisfied and grateful customer of Accelerated Flight and Instrument Training. If I can ever help a potential student better understand why to choose AFIT, please feel free to give them my contact information below.

Thanks again, Tony.

Sincerely,

Jay Vincent
AFIT Graduate & Alumni
Chicago, IL 60618

Patricia Haneline
Chicago, Illinois

10-Day Private Pilot Finish-Up Course

Hi Tony,

Back to Chicago yesterday. I was very pleased with the training I received from AFIT. Truthfully, I was skeptical that I would finish the certification in ten days myself. Getting through the ASEL flying requirements was more than I expected. Ruben was an excellent instructor. The airport is a great place to train and I loved the x-country route on a calm day with reasonable visibility. It was awesome.

After I soloed Ruben focused on getting me through the requirements. For all the hours I had logged with my previous flight instructor I was only able to count one hour towards the ASEL requirements — a sad situation.

Best regards,

Patricia Haneline
Chicago, Illinois

Jeffrey Gilpin
Portland, Oregon

10-Day IFR Training in my Cessna 172

Hey Tony.

I have learned a TON these last 10 days. Andy is a superb instructor! I would gladly recommend him to any prospective student. He is calm, professional, and he knows how to gradually release responsibility onto the PIC. It’s clear he has seen it all, so not much phases him. He is also very intuitive of where I was at in my training, day by day, adding a cup here, a sprinkle there. I’ll remember many gems from this training, which will keep me a safe pilot in the future.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  I can’t believe how much progress was made in such a short amount of time. I’m looking forward to flying more because of it!

WOW.

All the Best,

Jeffrey Gilpin
Portland, Oregon

Robert Callahan
Sacramento, California

7-Day Instrument Training Finish-Up Course

Tony,

Thank you for a great experience with AFIT. I can safely say Mike was the best instructor I’ve ever had — he made me feel competent and confident that I would pass my IR check ride and get my new license to learn. I will be recommending AFIT to others without hesitation.

Robert Callahan
Sacramento, California

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