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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

Athena Zarka
Kaneohe, Hawaii

Private Pilot Training

I am a full-time Embry-Riddle student. After dozens of shortened classes at Riddle, I found myself literally further behind than when I’d started there! All sorts of problems with poor scheduling, poor instruction, exorbitant prices and fees, albeit with a once-respected reputation. I requested to be allowed to finish my Private with AFIT, a one week, one fee, one time, one and done program; but, Riddle responded that it couldn’t possibly be any good, or at least as good as Riddle, and if I did choose that route, I’d lose Embry’s ATP thousand hour exemption!

Well, it looked like it was going to take at least several hundred more hours to get my PPL with Riddle anyway, so off I went to AFIT (with no regrets or reservations) and a week later I had my Private Pilot’s License! What a relief and what a pleasure to work with Tony at corporate and Ruben in Sacramento. Both responded timely, professionally, and were supportive and encouraging throughout my entire experience with AFIT– so refreshing. I would highly recommend the flying experience with AFIT and if Riddle would only let me, I would gladly continue my Instrument and Commercial with AFIT, during the school breaks! This isn’t to bash Riddle, but to uplift AFIT, so if you are searching for a super flight school with budget financing, great instruction and outstanding customer service, l highly recommend AFIT.

Life hack: if in your future you are considering Embry-Riddle, you absolutely, positively must go in with your Private already in back-pocket or hand, and I highly recommend getting it from AFIT!

Athena Zarka
Kaneohe, Hawaii

 

Jim Foster
Bryan, Texas

My Private Pilot Training

Mike,

I am so grateful for the training I have received. Without question, the best instruction I ever received was from you. 

Thanks again for all your help!

Jim Foster
Bryan, Texas

Daniel Aranoff
Bronx, New York

10-Day Private Pilot Finish-Up Course

John, Thank you for being a great instructor. I have learned a tremendous amount over the past two weeks and have achieved a significant livelong goal of mine by getting a pilots license. Thank you for helping me achieve this and for helping me earn my wings! I hope to enjoy many years ahead of me in aviation and I hope you continue to succeed as a pilot and flight instructor.

Thank you very much!

Best wishes,

Daniel Aranoff
Bronx, New York

Brittany Becker
Denver, Colorado

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Hi Tony,

The accelerated Private Pilot training program is easily one of the most difficult tasks I have had! It is a lot of work but therefore that much more satisfying!!

I loved the amount of resources that were available to help get me through it.

Until next time Tony, Ruben and Staff!

Safe travels and all the best!

Brittany Becker
Denver, Colorado

Savanna Uland
Denver, Colorado

14-Day Private Pilot Course

Working with AFIT is as good as it sounds! I efficiently, successfully earned my Private Pilot Certificate. When adjustments were needed for the coronavirus epidemic, my learning needs, and the weather, AFIT and my instructor did so with kindness and ease. Mike, my instructor, particularly is a fantastically thorough, supportive, calm and fun person to learn from. He went above and beyond in many small and big ways to make sure I was successful.

I definitely recommend AFIT and Mike, and am now the proud owner of a Private Pilot Certificate!

Savanna Uland
Denver, Colorado

Michael Votaw
Gold River, CA

My Private Pilot Training

I started training with A.F.I.T. in Lincoln, CA under the instruction of Mike on January 18th, 2020. Having completed my ground school provided by A.F.I.T. through Kings Schools online, I showed up feeling well prepared to take on the adventure. As I closed in on the airport that morning, the nerves hit me like a ton of bricks, and I felt like all the info I had studied online had rushed out of my head. Mike being the extremely observational instructor that he is, saw the nerves and made me feel extremely comfortable within the first hour. His ability to take technical instructions, break them down and explain them was unbelievably helpful. It made it 10X more fun for me and all I wanted to do throughout the course was ask more questions because I love learning and loved the way he explained things. Mike drilled into my head the importance of staying in front of the airplane and to anticipate its response which helped in slowing things down for me in flight. Being behind the plane makes everything feel like it is happening much faster and you are always playing catch up.

I had about 10-15 hours when I was 16, 21 years ago and attempted training again back in 2018 and the search for an instructor I meshed with and felt confident in was a struggle to the point that I never went back up in a plane in 2018. Through A.F.I.T., Mike taught me to fly and pass my check ride with just under 43 hours of flight time. I will 100% be returning to train with AFIT as my new career path progresses.

Thanks for everything.

Michael Votaw
Gold River, CA 95670

Allen Wills
Fayetteville, Arkansas

10-Day IFR Training in my Cirrus SR-22

Hello Tony,

Shawn is an excellent instructor and quickly sharpened up my flying to finish the IFR check ride. I would highly recommend him. After only a few days in real IFR conditions, he made me confident in flying the same conditions solo. I took my check ride and it went great.

Thanks, Allen

Allen Wills
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Ashley Allen
Lancaster, California

10-Day IFR Training

Tony,

Just completed my 10-Day instrument rating with John. What felt like a mammoth task at the start of the 10 days, John was quick to put my mind at ease delivering a professional yet officiant training package throughout providing open communications allowing flexible training to the areas where I felt weakest. A fun, exciting experience that I would definitely recommend, 5 Stars. Thank You!

Cheers!

Ashley Allen
Lancaster, California

Thomas Rainey
Bronwood, Georgia

Instrument Training in my Cessna 182 with GTN650

Tony,

Thanks again to you and Shawn for helping me get my instrument rating finished up. Shawn was pleasant to be around and did a good job of getting me polished up for the check ride.

Thank you,

Thomas Rainey
Bronwood, Georgia

Chris Walters
Salt Lake City, Utah

14-Day Private Pilot Course

Tony,

Thank you so much for providing the opportunity to earn my private pilot’s license during your 14 day private pilots course. I had literally zero flying experience coming into this and I passed my check ride and received several compliments from the FAA Examiner.

John was able to overcome a lot of the issues I had early on. He has obviously helped hundreds of students achieve their ratings, so I can only assume my struggles were due to my own shortcomings. I’m glad he was willing to stick with a student as hard as I was! There is still so much to learn and this was a huge eye opener for me. I have a much better understanding of what I need to do to prepare and be ready for the next rating. 

I feel better prepared to study, and continue to learn as I prepare for the other ratings I plan on earning in the future. The aviation community at Van Nuys I got to be a part of for two weeks is very special.

Thanks again!

Chris Walters

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tom Stonecipher
Everett, Washington

14-Day private Pilot Training Course

Tony,

Just now heading back to Seattle. I want you to know what a great experience I had with Mike and the AFIT program in Lincoln. The exhilaration of my first solo will forever be a big picture in my memory! Thank you so much for connecting me with Mike. His aviation  experience, and his patience with me was remarkable. I’m 65, challenged by parallel parking, and can get lost in a shopping mall. Mike accepted the challenge, and I believe I’m well launched as a confident and safe pilot

The entire experience was great. My gratitude and kudos to Mike and  AFIT.

Tom Stonecipher

Everett, Washington

Jackson Walker
Orem, Utah

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Hey Tony, 

I wanted to thank you for all of your help in getting everything set up for me to do the accelerated training with Todd. 

Todd is an excellent instructor. His years of experience as a pilot and instructor are apparent as I was able to perform all of the required maneuvers for the practical exam within the first week of the program. Having logged 0 hours prior to starting the program and having been grounded for several days due to bad weather, it truly is a testament to the effectiveness and efficiency of the AFIT program and Todd’s expertise that I was still able to become a licensed Private Pilot within a couple of weeks. I’m so happy I was able to get my license through this program without wasting time and additional resources on programs that are overly drawn out and that don’t demand real progress and learning through intensive and personalized training. Thanks again.

Best, 

Jackson Walker

Orem, Utah

Eric Mueller
Incline Village, Nevada

10-Day Instrument Training in my C182T G-1000

Tony,

I enjoyed the AFIT course and working with Mike.  He is as solid as they come. 

The AFIT program is definitely the way to go.  My private license took forever because of work, work travel, weather, and all the rest.  I was constantly relearning from previous lessons and progress was slow.  

With AFIT, I worked with Mike out of Lincoln, CA and enjoyed every minute of it.  Mike is a pro – at flying, instructing, and relating to stressed out and tired students who aren’t yet used to being under the hood. The AFIT model, with Mike’s instruction, kept the training tight and reinforced each day.

I was exhausted at night after flying with Mike, but woke up each morning after dreaming of the IFR lessons Mike drilled into me.  I will fly better and more safely the rest of my life hearing Mike’s voice in my head: “turn, time, twist,” “let’s run a WIRE check,” “where are we going, at what altitude, how will we know when we get there,” “2,500 feet, not 2,600 feet,” and my favorite . . .  “intercept and track – none of what we are doing matters if we are not tracking.” 

Thank you, Mike and thank you AFIT.  I’m a much better pilot because of your training.

Eric Mueller

Incline Village, Nevada

Mitko Smith
Boise, Idaho

10-Day IFR Training Experience

AFIT is a great choice for flight training. They are extremely helpful and professional. After not obtaining my IFR rating with a local flight school I called AFIT and everything went smoothly. Not only are Tony and John extremely professional, but they also have a positive attitude. To me, their positive attitude says volumes about AFIT. Thank you Tony for coordinating all the scheduling and checking in with my training.

My instructor John, is the best flight instructor I have ever had the privilege to fly with. He is professional and extremely funny. His positive can-do attitude helps make training fun and less stressful. John has a great teaching style and won’t let you fail because he cares about you as a student and enjoys watching you succeed in your training.

Thank you so much AFIT for helping me accomplish my IFR rating.

Mitko Smith

Boise, Idaho

J. Thomas Heywood MD
Solana Beach, California

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

It has been 24 hours since I passed my check ride and I still can’t’ believe it. I started flight training 17 years ago and never finished, much to my regret. This year I decided I would finally finish. AFIT was very professional and worked hard to make my 2 weeks very productive. My instructor Sean has been flying since age 16 and it shows. He was a very knowledgeable pilot and an exceptional teacher. He was very calm and made great suggestions to improve my flying skills.

What overwhelmed me is how fast I improved. To see your flying skills improve almost on a daily basis was just amazing. Sean worked tirelessly to sharpen my knowledge and flying skills. We identified weak areas and focused on them to make the check ride successful.

I feel like I have made a lifelong friend in Sean and have already referred a new client. Don’t let the price tag stop you, this program is great value for the dollar.

J. Thomas Heywood MD

Solana Beach, California

Andrew Nikkel
Modesto, California

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Hey Tony and Ruben, 

I wanted to thank you both again for the training and successful completion of my Private Pilot check ride!

I was actively searching for a full immersion pilot program when I discovered AFIT. I wanted to focus 100% on getting my private license as quickly as possible, After reading lots of reviews and talking to Tony at AFIT, I was sure it was the right fit for me —  I was not disappointed. Tony encouraged me to complete my written test before I started the program so I could focus on flying while I was there which was great advice. The 14 days were jam-packed with instruction and flying. My instructor Ruben was very knowledgeable and flexible. He had no problems adjusting around the weather and some unforeseen challenges with scheduling my check ride. It was so apparent that his priority was to make sure I completed the program successfully which was very appreciated.

I plan to come back to AFIT for all my future aviation training and will be looking into obtaining an instrument rating soon!  If you’re willing to commit the time and effort, I highly encourage you to consider AFIT! 

Andrew Nikkel

Modesto, California

Declan Darcy
Chicago, Illinois

10-Day Private Pilot Training Finish-Up Course

Tony,

Ruben could not have been more patient in helping me through every step in getting my pilot’s license. His knowledge was extensive, and his explanations clear, making the entire process so much more manageable. I cannot recommend Ruben highly enough to anyone looking to expand their ratings.”

Thanks again for everything, it was a great experience. I just got a complex endorsement today too, and I figured you’d be happy to hear.

Declan Darcy

Chicago, Illinois

Sam Hazell
Oceanside, California

Private Pilot Training Finish-Up Course

Hi Tony,

I wanted to write to express how happy I am that I finally have my ticket.  It has been a long and arduous journey spanning multiple instructors, over two-plus years…. but with John’s dedication, expertise, and drive, I can formally say… I have arrived, over the finish line!

Speaking of John… he is a wealth of knowledge and makes the most complex tasks look easy, partly due to his 20,000+ flying hours…. he is a true professional from an era almost forgotten.  He is hard but fair, says it how it is, and strives for student perfection. He pushed me to succeed when I was ready to give up halfway through the week! I owe it to him, to call myself a Private Pilot.

It was an absolute pleasure to fly with him and I’m privileged to call him a friend.

Thanks again

Sam Hazell

Oceanside, California

Alex Nasano
Stony Point, New York

MY 14 Day Private Pilot Course

I wanted to send a quick shout out to Tony and Ruben at AFIT for helping provide an awesome experience earning my private pilot’s license this month.


My experience with the AFIT 14 Day course was nothing less than amazing, I was able to fly all day, every day in amazing weather in the beautiful Lincoln, CA area. Ruben as my instructor, made my course as easy and stress free as possible. His teaching style and acronyms really aided me in remembering important details and eased me through the oral exam and ultimately helped me pass my check ride.

I highly recommend AFIT and Ruben as an instructor for anyone interested in doing the AFIT 14 Day Private Pilot Program.

I’m smiling and miss everyone there at KLHM!

Alex Nasano,

Stony Point, New York

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