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Alec Dufour
Minooka, Illinois

My 14-Day AFIT PPL Training Experience

Hello all! As a 19 year old aviation flight major, it is quite difficult to get the one on one time you need with an experienced instructor in order to progress and be successful in this field of studies, especially with COVID-19. Because of this I sought out alternative routes in order to achieve my private pilot’s license; after lots of research and many phone calls I found AFIT to be the most professional and successful company to help me achieve this goal! After a full year at my university, I left with 10.4 total flight time hours. I got in contact with Tony, the owner of AFIT and he set me up with an amazing instructor named Andy. Over the course of two weeks, I went from 10.4 hours to almost 50 and a private pilot’s license to show for it!

I am astonished as to how quickly I was able to learn once given the right guidance and instruction. I would sincerely like to thank Tony and Andy for such a wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

Sincerely,

Alec Dufour

Minooka, Illinois

Clyde Stemberg
Kalispell, Montana

10-Day Instrument Training Course / Cessna 172

Tony,

I am now an instrument rated pilot! About halfway through I was ready to give up but John and his wisdom and British humor gave me a swift kick in the butt to stick with it! John’s style of instruction was spot on, extremely knowledgeable in all areas of flying and an amazing person! I was honored to have the privilege of getting my instrument under the guidance of John, and will definitely be back for continuing my additional ratings. Thanks for everything.

Best Regards,

Clyde Stemberg

Kalispell, Montana

Mitko Smith
Boise, Idaho

6-Day Commercial Rating

I would like to thank AFIT for helping me obtain my Commercial Rating. I had the pleasure of working with John from Van Nuys, California for a second rating, he was phenomenal.

John is so full of knowledge and extremely helpful with all aspects of training. My ground knowledge wasn’t up to standards, but John was patient and tremendously supportive. Both Oral and Practical portions of my checkride went very smoothly because of John’s expertise.

I would also like to thank Tony for coordinating the training. AFIT is a top-notch company and truly cares for their students and the training process.

See you soon for my Multi-Engine training

Mitko Smith
Boise, Idaho

James Lufker
Huntington, New York

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training

First and foremost Greg is an excellent instructor and a great guy. He is easy to get along with and his relaxed demeanor pays dividends when trying to learn in what can be a stressful undertaking at times. Greg is knowledgeable and his years of experience as an aviator shines through his teaching in the plane, the ground school, and everything in between! The AFIT accelerated program is an adventure in it’s self. Every day it’s a new undertaking with new destinations and new things to learn. The course is a challenge and a big undertaking, but having Greg by my side for 2 weeks I was able to learn a tremendous amount about aviating, navigating, and communicating and my confidence grew and grew as the time flew by. In 2 weeks’ time not only did I have an adventure of a lifetime which culminated with getting my pilot’s license, but I also made a good friend!

Thanks Greg, cheers!

Your student. Your friend,

James Lufker

Huntington, New York

John Yeom
Lompoc, California

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Tony,

I had a great experience! John was an amazing instructor. It was truly a great moment to attain that certificate! It was a childhood dream and I was able to achieve this. Thank you, AFIT, and John! I am glad I made the decision to do AFIT’s 14 days program. I am lucky I got paired with a CFI that worked well with my personality.

Thank you,

John Yeom

Lompoc, California

Sam Stevens
Henderson, Nevada

Private Pilot finish-up Course

I began the AFIT program in Lincoln, CA shortly after my instructor in Vegas broke his foot and needed surgery. This put a big hold on my training. I felt totally confident with my flying skills but I was very behind on my ground knowledge. Back in Vegas, I failed my written test and within 2 days of working with Ruben, I passed the written test with an 85%. Just 6 days after that, with the dedicated instruction from Ruben I passed my Private Pilot Check ride. Even though I felt confident in the plane prior to meeting Ruben and beginning the AFIT program, by the end I realized how much I had learned and become a better pilot. Ruben was willing to do anything for me to pass my check ride in the 8 days I was working with him. I will forever be grateful for him and AFIT for what they have done for me. The amazing thing that, looking back, I realize is that Ruben taught me so much and it didn’t even feel like instruction. Ruben made it the most enjoyable process along the way and like I had previously stated, he was willing to do anything for me to get my check ride behind me!

Thank you for everything Ruben. For the last couple weeks, I’ve just been in awe of the quality instruction I received from you. Still can’t believe that we did it! 

Sam Stevens

Henderson, Nevada

Louise Schatz
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

14-Day Private Pilot Course

Tony,

Thank you for getting me set up for my Private Pilot course in Sacramento and an even bigger thank you for pairing me with my senior instructor Mike.

Mike turned out to be the perfect instructor for me—incredibly patient, calm, and exceptionally good humored. He possesses an amazing wealth of aviation knowledge, which he shared freely throughout the time I spent with him.

The days went by incredibly quickly. Mike was always encouraging, even when I doubted myself. In addition, his great sense of humor unquestionably helped keep me going day after day.

He answered my endless questions without making me feel stupid for even asking. His scaffolding approach to teaching made sure I had a good foundation–he helped me see the ‘big picture,’ while continually reinforcing the basics. His confidence in me helped me learn things faster than I ever imagined possible. Mike really went the extra mile for me—two miles, actually!

Thanks again for a wonderful experience, and also for a wonderful instructor.

Best—

Louise Schatz
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Andy Segal
Bolinas California

10-Day IFR In My DA-40 NG

Hi Tony,

As a newly-minted instrument pilot, I rank the AFIT training experience as one of the best aviation experiences I’ve ever had.  The ten-day format made learning the required skills easier and developed them into habits.  Beyond meeting the minimums, the full days provided lots of time for building out a fuller picture of instrument flying and how it works in the real world.  At the end, my check ride went as smoothly as one could ever hope.

There is lots to learn in the IFR world – procedures, flying skills, radios, instruments, etc.  The beauty of the format is that there is no time to lose a nascent skill between lessons.  You learn a proper radio call on the morning flight and do it again that afternoon and then again the next morning.  Meltdown doing holding procedures in the morning?  Back we went to the same place after lunch to get it right.  Had there been a week-long gap between sessions, the experiences and skills would have faded.

Spending 8-10 hours per day with an experienced CFII, one can’t help but learn a lot beyond the basics.  For example, at one point my airplane displayed an engine warning light.  Working through that issue was not on the instrument syllabus, but given we were in the middle of the program, we strategized how to handle a stop at the shop for a quick repair and incorporated it into the required cross country.  A weekly lesson format would have ended with “let me know when you get it fixed.”  There is no substitute for “real world” experience and when you are committed to a ten-day program, the real world is more apt to show up!

Check ride preparation is more than pilot training; there’s the required documentation.  Given that these guys do this training over and over, they know how to prepare the paperwork in their sleep.  On check ride day, my CFII walked with me into the DPE’s office, stood by as the documentation was reviewed (available to fix anything if necessary), and got the check ride started on the right foot.  Contrast that to flying to an unfamiliar airport, hoping the paperwork meets any idiosyncratic preferences of the DPE, and starting the oral after going through an audit.  Much better to fully focus on the oral and flight without worrying about logbook gotchas.

For me, the program was a smashing success.  The non-stop nature enhanced my learning and created a cool life experience.  I gained some valuable judgement and got through the check ride relatively unscathed.  Bravo!

Thanks.

Andy Segal
Bolinas California

Roxanne Gates
Kapolei, Hawaii

14-Day Private Pilot Training Experience

Dear Tony,

I wanted to share my experience training with Oleg.  Oleg is a great instructor and a truly amazing pilot. I learned so much in such a short time, I didn’t even know it was possible but Oleg really supported me from start to finish. He pushed me, but also listened to me and pulled back when I was feeling overwhelmed. Even with the added stress of the California fires, Oleg adapted the training and made sure I got all my hours in. I really felt like his and my main goal, everyday for 14 days, was to get me to pass the exam. Fortunately, the hard work paid off in full and I am now a certified pilot.

It was tough to fit all the training and all my questions into 14 days since I had no background or experience in aviation before hand, but Oleg made it happen.

You’ve got a good instructor on your hands.

Sincerely,

Roxanne Gates

Kapolei, Hawaii

Kenneth Mattox
Van Nuys, California

My Private Pilot Finish-Up Training

When it comes to Flight Training there were tons of options, I should know I was attending another school, however either by luck or chance I decided to switch over and attend AFIT. I knew I need structure and a teacher who was committed to my success. John didn’t only give me the tools I needed, we built a life-long relationship that I will forever be grateful for. I past Private Pilot check ride with flying colors in a short period of time.

Thank you AFIT for commitment to me and thank you John for your hard work!

Kenneth Mattox

Van Nuys, California

Nicholas Stauffer
Gallup, New Mexico

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training Course / KLHM

I just want to say thank you to Tony from AFIT and to my incredible instructor, Ruben, for helping me achieve my lifelong goal of becoming a private pilot! Five years ago, I first started flight training the traditional way at a local airport. Unfortunately, my instructor, a new CFI who was fresh out of school and couldn’t wait to join the airlines, seemed more concerned about logging time for himself than my flight training. After about 15 hours of lessons spread out over several months and never soloing, I decided to take a break because life became too busy, and at the rate I was going, it seemed like I would never get my private pilot license.

Earlier this year, my friend told me about AFIT and how he was able to get his private pilot license in just two weeks. I was intrigued and gave Tony a call, and he got me set up with my AFIT instructor, Ruben, at Lincoln Airport outside Sacramento. When I first met Ruben, I could tell right away that my flight training experience would be much better this time. As a full-time, senior flight instructor, Ruben’s number one goal was helping me become a safe and competent pilot, not building time for himself to move on to some airline. Ruben is an excellent flight instructor with a real passion for teaching. Because of him, I was able to complete my first solo flight in just three days. By the end of the two weeks, Ruben made sure that I was very well prepared for my checkride.

The upfront cost of AFIT is high, but I have no doubt that those two weeks cost less than traditional flight training, which is inefficient and takes many more hours spread over months or years. The training with AFIT is intense, but it is efficient, and I know that I am a safer, better pilot because of it. Having tried flight training the traditional way, there really is no comparison: If you truly want to become a pilot, AFIT is the way to go.

Nicholas Stauffer M.D.

Gallup, New Mexico /  Barto Pennsylvania

Vicky Demas
San Francisco, California

10-Day Private Pilot Finish-Up Course  / KSZP

Hi Tony,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and John for an amazing experience with the accelerated flight training program. As you know I was a bit hesitant at first, but within the first day of the training it was clear that this was the right decision  for me. I was able to achieve my dream of becoming a pilot and I had so much fun doing it!! 

John is a great pilot and instructor; very knowledgeable and structured but also easy going. He definitely made adjustments to focus on my weaknesses and took my learning style into account. 

I would recommend the program to anyone.  Thank you!

Vicky Demas

San Francisco, California

Basileo Odukoya
Los Angeles, California

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course KLHM

Hi Tony,

Sean is a well-skilled pilot and instructor. He really gives you the reigns from day one. Flying with Sean is more than just flight school. He really gets you ready for life as a pilot. Flying with Sean, I felt well prepared for my check flight and beyond. I still use many of, if not all, of the things he taught me today. You are in good hands as a pilot, with Sean as your instructor. 

Thanks for everything!

Best Regards,

Basileo “Toks” Odukoya

Los Angeles, California

Shannon Spanhake
San Francisco, California

14-Day Private Pilot Course / KLHM

Hi Tony,

Oleg is a great pilot and a very dedicated instructor, on numerous occasions, he made himself available to work with my schedule. He prioritized safety and strong aeronautical decision making. In the end he helped me build the confidence I needed to pass the oral exam and the check ride on the first attempt. I recommend Oleg to any incoming student to the AFIT program.

Thanks for everything!

Shannon Spanhake

San Francisco, California

Tom McKeone
Austin, Texas

14-Day Private Pilot Training

For nearly a decade I have been trying to get my pilot license. I even tried other accelerated training courses. What I encountered was relatively new CFI’s who were just building time for their commercial licenses. While they did fine I found they were not as experienced as I wanted. 

I decided 2020 was the year for me to finally get my licenses. As I researched the options AFIT clearly stood out. Once contacted they send my multiple options and instructors. The biggest difference was the total experience of their CFIs. Tony sent me Greg’s information along with the description of “mature and friendly”. Greg had over 8000 plus hours. 

Greg turned out to be the perfect CFI for me! He was indeed mature and friendly. His style was easy going but no compromises when it came to the training and safety. He quickly got me back up to speed with flying and drilled me during ground school to make sure I was 100% ready for the oral test and check ride. 

Greg is fantastic! I can’t express enough my thanks for helping me reach this life long goal

Tom McKeone

Austin, Texas

Tom Hughes
Nantucket, Massachusetts

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Hi Tony,

I just wanted to express what a great experience I had with John in Van Nuys.  The 14 day program was a win for me.  The training was great.  We progressed at my pace and we didn’t attempt a solo until we were both very confident in my abilities.  John is a very patient and thorough teacher.  Every day was full of valuable lessons.  While it is tough in the early days, it is super rewarding near the end of the program.

I would definitely recommend the program and would certainly recommend John. 

Thanks,

Tom Hughes

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Sayyid McDonald
Chicago, Illinois

14-Day Private Pilot Course

Hello AFIT,  

First, let my state, your school’s the greatest ever. There’s no form of gratitude to explain how grateful I am for AFIT and my great instructor Greg P.  Greg’s experience and guidance is paramount and unmatched. Literally the best instructor I’ve ever met. Greg and AFIT did everything in their power to make my dreams come true. AFIT, Thank you for giving me the best facility and best instructor in the world.

I Appreciate Greg and AFIT more than they’ll ever know.

Sincerely,

Sayyid McDonald

Chicago, Illinois

Zach Williams
Tempe, Arizona

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Hi Tony and team, 

First, thanks so much to everyone. I am very happy I was able to get my private pilot this quickly. 

It is definitely important to remember that this is an intensive program.  I am very glad I came prepared and had already studied a lot.

Knowing this is important because I think the program fits well with Oleg’s teaching style.  Specifically the ” these are the things you did wrong, here is how to do them correctly. In my opinion the program requires you to learn fast, this style worked very well for me. I could see it being a frustrating style if you have a large ego or zero self confidence but honestly I am not sure those people should be trying to learn everything in 2 weeks.  Might just be a personal preference but I would rather have sharp corrections early and learn quickly than gentle corrections over time.

I will definitely be recommending this style of learning to anyone who is serious about aviation. It isn’t easy and you have to work  hard but I am convinced that focused high intensity is the best way to learn.

Thanks again,

Zach Williams

Tempe, Arizona

Oliver Simmons
Doral, Florida

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training

Tony,

Just wanted to drop you a line and mention how happy I was with my training.  Andy was great and I couldn’t have hoped for a better instructor.  He is funny. down to earth and easy to get along with.  He geared his instruction to me and to the test and made sure I was prepared every step of the way.  Even though I didn’t get a few key things done before I got down there, he went above and beyond the call to make sure I was ready for the check ride and prepped me for a successful check out.

Thanks

Oliver Simmons MD

Doral, Florida

Mike Briare
Sacramento, California

My Private Pilot Finish-Up Course

Wanted to let you know I am more than thrilled with the program you have.  I have learned more in 7 days than a year of dicking around with the flight school I was in.  I am so much more confident and such a better pilot. 

I will need a couple days off to clear my head then will roll into the IFR.  The three trainers I met in Lincoln are all great. 

Just wanted to say thanks.  

Mike Briare

Sacramento, California

Cam Hunt
Colusa, California

6-Day Commercial Training Course

Hi Tony,

I had a great time flying with Sean. I like your program and I will tell others about it. Thanks Tony and Sean, I can’t wait to get my first flying job.

Best Regards,

Cam Hunt

Colusa, California

Jack Sayles
Louisville, Tennessee

10-Day IFR Training Course

Tony,

My two week period of training with Ruben was even more beneficial than I would have ever thought possible. Rubens training was very thorough and fast paced, but he always went out of his way to also make it interesting and enjoyable. Another instructor might not have been willing to put in the time necessary to accomplish what we needed to, but Ruben never shied away from doing any and all work necessary to make sure that the job got done. I cannot recommend this program, and Ruben specifically, highly enough, and will be telling all my friends and family that are interested in a career in aviation that they should strongly consider using AFIT for the furtherance of their aviation education.

Best Regards,

Jack Sayles

Louisville, Tennessee

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