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Suleman Munaf Rashid 
Limbe, Malawi

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Tony,

Flying was a dream for me from the age of 10, and that dream became a reality in just 14 days. All thanks to Tony from accelerated flight and instrument training. I would like to start off by thanking Tony who from the word “go” started to guide me through the whole process and was very patient with all the queries I put through before starting the program.  And upon receiving his advice and guidance I set off to fulfil my dreams.

As for my instructor Jason I really have no words, His unique ways of teaching and instructing, helped me get through the 14 days private pilots program. Apart from the flight training, I learned so much more from Jason, and if it was not for his added effort and persistence I don’t think I would have achieved a solo flight in 6 days and my private pilot certificate in just 14days.

It was such an honour and privilege to meet such wonderful people and fulfil my dreams through their tireless efforts and hard work. I aim to go back soon for my instrument and commercial rating and would recommend AFIT to all those who wish to take to the skies.

Kind Regards
Suleman Munaf Rashid

Walter Mulflur
Colleyville, Texas

14-Day Private Pilot Course

Tony,

Thank you for all your help with getting everything lined up, helping me to be informed, following up with me, and staging me for a perfect transition into flight instruction. It was stellar how on top of everything you are and how quickly you helped me to get this accomplished. Even during a month-long Government shutdown, you helped me stick to a timeline for success. The AFIT program has the right processes with the perfect people to help you achieve your goals.

John is a truly brilliant instructor and even better friend. It cannot be said enough how you helped me reach a level of proficiency as a pilot despite having international exterior challenges which delayed my original timeline. Life happens, and you lead the way for me to remain focused and adherent to the utmost level of professionalism to become part of the aviation community. Your approach of calm composure while giving insightful and witty instruction is a voice inside my head that I hope to never lose. Thank you.

Cheers,
Walter Mulflur

Ben Wu
Millbrae, California

10-Day PPL Finish-Up Course

Hi Tony,

I just want to thank my instructor Ruben and AFIT for helping me get my private pilot certificate!

I have never thought I would accomplish this with 10 days. Although I have been flying in the Bay Area for the last one year, I have not yet solved. Within 2 days of flying with Ruben, I was not only able to solo but also be confident in my ability to control the aircraft. Before coming to training in Lincoln, I was worried about the weather because it was forecasted to rain. However, Ruben made the learning experience very smooth and taught me how to fly safely in weathers. During these 10 days, I spent 40 hours in the plane and also plenty of time studying the knowledge.

By the end of the training, Ruben has found me a DPE in Chico which is very hard to do because of DPE shortage in Norcal. Ruben has prepared me a lot for this check ride and everything went pretty smoothly. The weather on the day of check ride was not perfect but with the experience, I freshly gained from flying in those situations, I never get nervous or feel stressed. I would highly recommend Ruben and AFIT.

Best regards,
Ben Wu

Daniel Kraffczyk
New York, New York

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training

Andy is a great aviator, a great flight instructor and overall mentor. He’s very professional, has a wealth of experience as a pilot and teacher and is able to relay the concepts and the actual act of flying an airplane masterfully in the short amount of time given in this program. A teacher like Andy is essential to completing these two weeks successfully and he prepped me well and provided a good foundation for my flight training to come. While always on the task, concentrated and thorough, he’s always up for a joke or a story from his own experiences as a commercial pilot.

He understand the student’s needs, adds encouragement or constructive criticism when needed and always does so with respect and in a calm manner. I was also able to meet Andy’s family and was grateful to receive a very valuable lesson from his wife, an air traffic controller. I overall felt in really good hands and was looking forward to each and every day!”

It was a great experience and Andy’s voice and instructions will stay with me for the times to come. “More right rudder! Yes, that feels better!”

Thank you also for your quick responses and setting everything up for me with Andy. I appreciated your quick replies and having everything being arranged for me!

Cheers.

Daniel Kraffczyk

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

Shu Kiat
Singapore

14-Day PPL Training Course

Dear Tony,

I am writing to thank you and Ruben for all the help shown to me over the past few weeks. Ruben has been nothing short of wonderful as an instructor. From the day I arrived till the day I left, Ruben showed immense generosity and responsibility towards me. I enjoyed myself thoroughly.

I would recommend anyone interested in obtaining a PPL to join the AFIT program. It works!

Best regards,
Shu Kiat

Jamie Mendelson
Singapore

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training

“Congratulations, you passed.” Those magical 3 words from the DPE were certainly made possible by my fantabulous instructor- mentor-friend, John and of course the training program by AFIT.

From the very first day that I enquired about the program, Tony had been nothing but responsive and helpful with all the administrative “hassles” for a foreign student like me. All the applications and bookings were done seamlessly with his guidance and the best thing from him was pairing me up with John.

John made learning to fly a pleasure. Kid you not, learning to fly from scratch was definitely stressful, but John was there with me, and for me every step of the way. His encouragement and eye for detail pushed me through all the way, especially when the going got tough. I am so blessed for his guidance, patience and most importantly friendship. I wouldn’t have been able to make it through if not for him.

Thank you once again John and Tony for making this possible!

Best Regards,
Jamie Mendelson

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

Antony J P Clements
Newmarket Suffolk, United Kingdom

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Dear Tony,

Overall my experience with AFIT was fantastic. It did exactly what it said on the tin. 

Mike is the most fantastic instructor, knowing just how much to push you to make you learn but then backing off at the right time to make you realise that you have actually learnt it! 

A fantastic experience and huge thanks to both of you and Mike.

Regards 

Antony J P Clements MRCVS

Equine Veterinary Surgeon 

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

Visesh Ramachandran
Tamil Nadu, India

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Tony,

My experience at AFIT was an unforgettable one. Working with Greg has been such an honor; he was very helpful in every way even when I had some questions 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 Greg. This absolutely motivated me to keep pursuing my dream. I had an incredible time working with and learning from Greg.

I am looking forward to coming back and do some more flying. Thank you for everything.

Visesh Ramachandran

Jezreel Mok
Singapore

My Commercial and CFI Training

I trained for my commercial and CFI with AFIT. Many thanks to Mike for his patience and guidance throughout the training. He was able to assess my requirements and point out my strengths and weakness. Initially, I felt there was too much material to cover within a short period of time however mike was able to prepare me well for the check-ride. He leaves no stone unturned and is very thorough. Mike is also sensitive to student needs. If you are feeling fatigued or jet-lagged he will choose another topic. 

When you travel all the way across the Pacific, you have a very tight time frame and budget to achieve your objectives. AFIT understands the pressure that overseas pilots face and they do their very best to relieve their burden. Making sure the planes are in good condition and scheduling the date with DPE

I look forward to doing my CFII with AFIT and Mike.

Thanks for everything, see you again soon.

Jezreel Mok

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

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