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Kevin Suydam
Kodiak, Alaska

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Tony,

My background had been 45 years as Captain of my Crab Boats in the Bering Sea, wherein I faced many challenges of weather, and incidents of many kinds. But strapping myself in a small aluminum plane with a motor in front of me and having to keep it in the air; was quite a different challenge.

Mike is likely the most knowledgable instructor a student could ever have. Not only did Mike teach me the flying skills that were necessary, but all other necessary elements to be a safe Pilot. I thought I knew a lot about weather after 45 years at sea, but after Mike’s tutoring I think I could be a Meteorologist giving the daily weather report on the local TV station. And to re-train me from old habits, initially Mike had to keep saying to me: “the Rudder is what you change course with on your boat; now it’s Ailerons to keep yourself on course”, lol.

Seriously though, I do believe that you couldn’t find a better flight training program than AFIT, and especially with an instructor like Mike. In talking with the other instructors there, they were all professionals as well. Anyway, not only did we become friends, Mike truly cared about your safety, and making absolutely sure you had the skills and knowledge to fly. And I felt that this wasn’t just a job to Mike, because he really had his heart in it. Thanks Mike!

Regards,

Kevin Suydam

Kodiak, Alaska

Dave Doherty
Thief River Falls, Minnesota

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Tony,

I’ve had a passion to learn to fly my whole life.  I had started a conventional training program twice and due to family, work, and other things life throws at you, was unsuccessful completing the requirements.  AFIT helped my attain my life long goal at 58 and I couldn’t imagine achieving this dream any other way.  The compressed 2 week program is intense, come prepared and ready to commit.  My instructor, Sean, was incredible and provided tremendous support every step of the way.  He worked diligently to teach the content and develop the necessary flying skills.  All the people were great, the hangars and planes were in top notch condition. 

Receiving my PPL yesterday will be one of the most memorable days of my life!

Dave Doherty

Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Kelvin Winter
Fort Worth, Texas

AFIT 14-Day PPL Training Experience

Mike did an excellent job of getting me through this course. He is wildly patient and skilled at approaching your shortfalls from multiple sides to help get you past them. If you have any life experiences whatsoever that he can help translate into aviation he will do so in order to make it easier for you. There are multiple ways and approaches one can take to earn a pilot’s license but my personal recommendation is to knock it out. In an accelerated course like this, the days feel like weeks but the weeks fly by in what feels like minutes. That is a good thing. You will be shocked what you can accomplish in a day. Mike WILL get you through this. The worst part (in my opinion) of training like this is all of the general knowledge that feels like pure memorization. Mike manages to slip everything you need to know into casual, relevant conversation throughout the days and before you know it you’re walking into your check ride thinking, “that sly dog, he tricked me into learning.

A PPL is challenging but perfectly achievable and I can’t recommend AFIT and Mike enough. Thanks guys.

Kelvin Winter

Fort Worth, Texas

Chi Miller
North Plains, Oregon

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Tony,

I just want to thank you for the great experience I had over the 14 days.  Not only is Abe a phenomenal pilot and excellent teacher, he also got me excited about flying.  I left jazzed about moving forward to getting instrument rated and I have applied to a local flight club, met several pilots that own planes in my home airport and am actively working on getting a hanger and my own bird, which is way harder than you might imagine.  The good news is a 45′ x 40′ T is only $450/mo here in hillsboro.

Here is what I loved about my time in Van Nuys.

1) I learned at a very busy, complex airport and ATC region.  Invaluable to get that kind of experience.  I looked it up afterwords and saw KVNY had 26,000 takeoffs/landings during March 2021.  that’s nearly 1,000 a day.

2) Abe really went out of his way to show me around the airport, introduced me to so many people and helped me understand how to navigate the intracacies of the Airport community.  Abe knows everyone!

3) Abe was the perfect balance of demanding yet patient.  Which often meant adjusting the focus in order to spend more time on my weak areas.  And he was always pushing me to gain the next skill.

4) Abe’s approach to ground training was excellent.  Give homework, then ask me questions the next day about topics from the home work.  If I knew the answers we would move on and not belabor that area.  If I didn’t know the material, he could tell and we would dive into that topic and hit the whiteboard.  Super efficient and avoided wasting time on things i had a pretty good handle on.  BTW, i found Abe’s background in ATC work both fascinating and useful.  Probably rare to have a CFI that has been through ATC training.  Really great that he can describe from first hand experience what is happening inside the tower and explain why they probably just gave that specific instruction, etc.

5) Abe was super flexible on start times.

6) Abe was really good at constantly asking me how i felt about my competence and comfort with various skills and training.  While he was great at gauging my competence through demonstration, he also put a lot of weight into where i thought i needed more work and which areas I was fairly confident with.  This technique is so much better than just following a script or syllabus.

7) The plane was fantastic.  I can’t say enough about how well Alex cares for the plane and keeps it in top shape.  The logs are impeccable and you can see pride in ownership throughout the plane.

8) Lastly, Abe let me be a part of his life for the time I was there.  This made the whole experience so much fun, valuable and memorable.  It wasn’t just 8 hours a day of flying.  We had lunch together, went out to dinner with our significant others, joined a bunch of other pilots for nice night out, etc, etc.  He really went out of his way to make me feel a part of his life and a part of the KVNY family.

While I am starting IFR training, i am finding it a bit slow and frustrating to make progress…so who knows, I may be back for more!

Thanks again,

Chi Miller

North Plains, Oregon

Ottis Sparks
Danville, Alabama

14-Day Private Pilot Training / KLHM

Hey Tony, The program and Oleg were great and exceeded my expectations. I would love to use AFIT and Oleg again in the future and will recommend both to anybody who is considering AFIT.

Thanks for everything.

Ottis Sparks

Danville, Alabama

Jason Pruette
Oakland, California

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Hi Tony and Andy

Thank you for helping me achieve my goal of learning how to fly. My experience with Any was perfect. From my earlier experiences with another flight school to Andy’s demeanor was night and day. I really appreciated Andy customizing the training to fit my experience. The program was perfect building on the skills from the previous day. I look forward continuing my flying journey and taking more endorsement classes in the future.

Thanks again and look forward to seeing you again

Jason Pruette

Oakland, California

Joseph M Sager
Milford, Pennsylvania

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Hey Tony,

I want to thank you for the wonderful program you and your team has put together. Sean is a very knowledgeable, patient, and skilled instructor. I hope to stay in touch with Sean and yourself going forward (hopefully to Instrument rating).

You two made a dream come true, at 66 1/2 years young I was able to pass my practical test on the first try after only 2 weeks with Sean!

Thank you,

Joseph M Sager

Milford, Pennsylvania

Jake Ingebritson
Sandy, Utah

Private Pilot Add-On Training Course

“My situation was a little different from a typical fixed-wing pilot. I’m a 2,000+ hour rotary military pilot and I already have my FAA commercial/instrument helicopter. I was looking to get my fixed-wing PPL add-on. During my search for the right accelerated school, I contacted dozens of schools throughout the U.S. (including AFIT). The typical response I received was a boilerplate/form letter, stating it’ll take 14 to 60 days to complete the training. This was not what aligned with my experience and required training, in my opinion. The response I received from AFIT is what set them apart. Tony took the time to look at the requirements and my experience before formulating his response.

Tony provided a streamlined syllabus of nine training days and available dates. I reviewed the information and made the decision to go with Andy in Lincoln, California. Upon arrival in Lincoln, the experience was exactly what was needed. The first day Andy and I hit the ground running with some ground school before flight instruction. With a dedicated CFI, my time was used efficiently and effectively to make the transition from helicopters to airplanes. Andy is patient, knowledgeable and allowed me to figure things out without being unsafe. I was pushed each day to grow and develop my skillset. Andy was vital in my successful pursuit of my private pilot license. Thanks, Andy!!!

Without a doubt, choosing AFIT and Andy was the right choice for my training! I’ll be looking to them again in the future!

Sincerely,

Jake Ingebritson

Sandy, Utah

Daryl Klassen
Aberdeen, Idaho

IFR Training in My Cirrus SR-22 GTS

Tony,

My flight training experience was excellent. I really appreciated the calm demeanor of Todd and how flexible he was willing to be to make my schedule work. He made sure my experience was fun yet productive, so I could go into my final flight exam with confidence.

Thanks again for a fantastic experience.

Daryl Klassen

Aberdeen, Idaho

Kaleo Clifford
Paso Robles, California

10-Day IFR Training

I just wanted to thank Ruben and the team at AFIT, along with Tony who was able to set all this up. Ruben is an amazing flight instructor and his calm demeanor made it extremely easy to learn from. He is patient and is able to explain things in a way that I understand. He has so much knowledge and experience to offer and many hours of flight hours to back it up. He is definitely not a fly by night instructor and will do what it takes to make sure you achieve your goals. Thank you Ruben from the bottom of my heart for helping me achieve mine! We spent around 38 hours in the plane, actual IMC conditions, many approaches, ground training and on and on. He is dedicated to you from start to finish. He helped me go from a “kick the tires and go” pilot to a much more competent and safe pilot then when I first begun. 

Thank you again,

Kaleo Clifford

Paso Robles, California

Trenton Spafford
Rutland, Vermont

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

I had a great time at AFIT. My instructor, Ruben, had a great teaching style where he encouraged me to look the up the answers to my questions so I knew how to navigate my reference materials. It was an amazing experience overall, the whole thing was an adventure. Accelerated flight training is definitely the way to go, and AFIT has the system figured out.

Thank you,

Trenton Spafford

Rutland, Vermont

Rene Banglesdorf
Georgetown, Texas

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Tony,

Thanks so much for pairing me with Mike. He’s an excellent instructor and extremely intuitive, always pushing but never pushy!

Rene Banglesdorf

Georgetown, Texas

Alexander Mulqueen
Washington, DC

PPL Finish-Up, IFR and Commercial Training / KLHM

Tony,

“I am so happy I found AFIT. I was tired of learning to fly one or two hours a week from instructors who simply wanted to build time and apply to the airlines. Not at AFIT. With Ruben, I got an exceptionally experienced CFII who would fly 6+ hours a day if I needed it. As a Helicopter ATP coming out of the Army, I needed an instructor who could tailor lesson plans to get me ready for FAA check rides. Ruben was able to zero in on my weak areas and get me my private, instrument, and commercial licenses. No other instructor at a typical school would have worked as hard as Ruben to train me at the level he did. With AFIT you’re learning from instructors who take your training as seriously as you do. “

I’m still in disbelief! Thanks for everything Tony

Best,

Alexander Mulqueen

Washington, DC

Eric Williams
Henderson, Nevada

Instrument Finish-Up and 6-Day Commercial Course / KLHM

I would just like to say a few words about my experience with AFIT. First and foremost, the program itself is top-notch and provides such a valuable service that may not be found anywhere else. From the first inquiry, to signing up for the courses, to arriving in Lincoln, the communication was great and everything was laid out in a very well structured plan that made it easy to understand what would be taking place.

As for my instructor, Paul, I can’t express how great of an instructor he is and how his knowledge truly helped me understand the concepts and grasp an understanding of what I needed to know in order to be successful with my check rides. He took the time to go through all the details, and made sure every topic was covered, that way I had a good knowledge of the topics I was studying. Again, Paul was an amazing instructor and a huge factor in my success.

Overall, my experience with AFIT was one that will be memorable and led me to gaining a better knowledge that will help make me a better pilot. The instructors are dedicated to their students and want them to succeed, which makes the stressful process turn into one that is fun and enjoyable. I would 100% recommend AFIT to anyone who is looking for training, and I hope to work with these fine people again sometime in the future.

Thank you,

Eric Williams

Henderson, Nevada

David Chasteen
San Francisco, California

10-Day IFR Training Course KVNY

I had a really positive experience with Abe and AFIT. Abe and Tony were very clear about what I needed to do to prepare and they did exactly what they said they were going to do. Abe was an extremely professional and friendly CFI. We flew every day and he consistently put me at ease and helped me focus on the areas where I could improve the most. The examiner was scheduled at the end of our training and I passed my check ride on my first try. LA is a busy ATC environment and after 10 days and a check ride under the hood, I really do feel prepared to fly IFR. I thought it would take years to get my instrument rating, but I got it in 10 days with AFIT, on time and under budget.

I can endorse AFIT and Abe Milad without reservation.

David Chasteen

San Francisco, California

David S Lamb
Yuba City, California

10-Day IFR Training / KLHM

Hey Tony. Sorry for the delayed email. I just want to take a moment and thank AFIT, Mike and my DPE Karen Kalishek for helping me obtain my IFR rating. Mike is a dedicated top notch Professional. AFIT was intense and Mike’s commitment to see me through was extraordinary. I can’t thank Mike enough for all that he did for me throughout this training. Mike was very patient, forgiving and demanding of me throughout the AFIT process.

Sincerely,

David S Lamb.

Yuba City, California

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