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Alok U
Seattle Washington

Private Pilot Finish-Up Course

I just completed a 10-Day Private Pilot Finish-Up Course with Paul in Lincoln, CA. I couldn’t have been more thrilled and satisfied with the whole experience!

I trained for over a year in Seattle, clocked over 50 hours but the school didn’t let me solo due to various “technicalities”. Additionally, there was a 4-way conundrum of availability: 1) my availability with a high pressure job, 2) Seattle weather availability, 3) instructor’s availability in a busy flight school – they were almost always burnt out due to workload therefore not giving enough personalized training, 4) plane’s availability in limited summer months of Seattle. These factors kept stalling my progress, making me relearn so many of the concepts and not giving me enough motivation to keep going in this endeavor.

Once the summer months subsided, and my training halted again, I was super disappointed and rethinking my decision to learn to fly; I started looking for alternatives that could help me achieve my rating. I learnt about AFIT and the promise seemed to fit my needs exactly by dedicated instructor and plane availability in a good weather location on a full-time basis, thereby covering all the 4 concerns above and clearing the path towards the goal of PPL. I had a chat with Tony, the proprietor, and felt at ease. I signed up for the PPL finish-up course.

When I reached Lincoln, CA – I was paired with my CFI Paul. He quickly assessed my current skill level, made me practice a couple of skills and got me to solo on the second day itself! That was such a confidence booster as opposed to my earlier training experience. After that ,we quickly completed the remaining requirements and got ready for check ride. Paul is easily the best CFI I have ever worked with – he has such a calm demeanor , he is super organized, he is extremely thorough in his knowledge of all the concepts, and he is amazingly adept at demonstrating and training required flying maneuvers. He sets a very high standard for any student to emulate as a pilot in terms of skills, knowledge, decision making, and attitude in general (things that rookie CFIs out in the wild lack so much as they are just interested in time-building!). I will be sure to be back to train with Paul for my advanced ratings later.

Kudos to Tony for working closely with the students and instructors in keeping the operations going super smoothly. Really appreciate him for accommodating my two-day delayed arrival from Seattle due to a snowstorm in PNW. He’s been super professional and delightful to work with throughout the program. Highly recommend Tony and AFIT to folks looking to learn to fly and more!

I will recommend any busy professionals out there to go this route to earn their ratings from the CFIs with thousands of hours of experience while meeting their availability needs. This is the biggest plus. Once you get your ratings this way, you get a lot of flexibility in growing your skills to suit your specific missions.

Cheers!

Alok U.

Seattle Washington

Shaun Clark
Monroeville, New Jersey

14-Day Private Pilot Course

Tony,

First, I would like to thank you for squeezing me in on such short notice.  I am also very thankful Todd was able to do the same.  After arriving in Rexburg, Idaho and getting settled in, I met with Todd on the first day of training.  Todd is a very knowledgeable pilot and instructor, which was evident due to me ultimately passing my check ride! Todd went the extra mile to make sure the he and the airplane were available to get me the hours needed to complete my training in the time allotted. I was blessed to have such a personable and dedicated instructor.  Todd took the time needed to explain any questions I had and was always very respectful and professional.

 I would recommend Todd 10 out of 10 times for any students looking for a flight instructor.  Once again, I thank you both for your assistance in getting my private pilot license, it was a great experience.

Shaun Clark

Monroeville, New Jersey

David Box
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

My Private Pilot Training

Hi Tony

I am very thankful to AFIT in getting my pilots license.  I worked with Ruben during my last trip and I really enjoyed my time in Lincoln, CA.  Ruben has a gift for being able to connect with whoever he is working with to be able to get across the information in an effective way.  Like the other instructors at AFIT, he really cares about your success!  I highly recommend Ruben to any prospective pilot needing training for their next certification.  He brings a calming presence to an already high stress environment and process.  It makes learning new tasks efficient, quick, effective and makes retaining the information much easier.  I would definitely use Ruben again! 

Thank you Ruben and Tony for the AFIT training!

David Box

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Karlton Tucker
Washington, DC

Thank you for the great training  14-Day Private Pilot Course

Tony,

Thank you for the opportunity to Train with AFIT. I found AFIT online and was impressed by the Testimonials. After filling out the online form I was immediately contacted by Tony and he assigned me to train with CFI Ruben at KLHM and my journey begins. Ruben and I spent the first half of day one going over all my records and by that afternoon we were flying going over the basic flight maneuvers required for the check ride and back to the airport for pattern work. After going over flight maneuvers, Pattern work and the Private Pilots knowledge (Ground School), I was given a Pre-solo test and by day three I did my Solo. Day four was a blast Ruben and I worked on my Cross-Country requirement, and Day Five I completed my solo cross country and take off and landings (To a full stop) at a towered airport. Once all the flight requirements were done, next I had to prepare for the oral exam which I thought was an impossible task with so little time left. This is when Ruben was at his best consistently challenging me on the Private Pilot ACS questions and talking me thru the flight maneuvers in preparation for the day of the check ride.

At the end of it all, I got my Private Pilot’s License as advertised and overall my training and personal experience was outstanding, I met some great people at Lincoln skyways Inc., which by the way have the best fleet of training aircraft I have encountered so far, and I look forward to training with AFIT in the future for my IFR Certification.

I would like to Thank Ruben for the great time and effort spent to get my PPL and look forward to working with him in the future.

Thank you

Karlton Tucker

Washington, DC

Alexander Kreindler
New York, New York

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Hi Tony,

I can highly recommend the AFIT program to anyone training to become a private pilot. During an intensive two-week program with instructor Michael, I completed my license and learned more than I had over several years at other schools.”

Thanks,

Alexander Kreindler

New York, New York

Zach Zanft
Los Angeles, California

10-Day IFR Training Course / Cessna 182

I cannot recommend this program enough. Tackling an instrument rating in such a short period of time is a tall order but AFIT makes it as practice and comprehensive as possible. My instructor Paul was beyond qualified and covered each topic so thoroughly that I not only felt comfortable during my checkride, but more importantly felt confident in my abilities when training in actual IFR conditions, which are common in Lincoln CA, furthering the value of this course. There’s nothing like flying in the real stuff and AFIT is the perfect flight school to give you real exposure. 

More than worth the cost, Paul was happy to work morning to night with me, and they even offer extra days to make sure you’re sharp before sending you off to the checkride. AFIT struck me as a program that produces remarkably safe pilots. 

Instructor 10/10 – Program 10/10

Zach Zanft

Los Angeles, California

Ian McGrath
Hanover, Massachusetts

14-Day Private Pilot Course

Tony, I recently completed my private pilot license with you guys out of Lincoln California I wanted to tell you about my experience. My course was amazing and got me moving along way faster than I ever thought possible. My instructor was Oleg was great! He made sure I understood all my material and kept the course moving right along.

Thanks for everything and I will definitely be recommending your course to anyone interested in flying!

Thanks again.

Ian McGrath

Hanover, Massachusetts

Dan Propp MD
Missoula, Montana

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

After deciding to pursue a private pilot license at age 58, I discovered that for professionals with busy schedules the process can sometimes take years.  AFIT offered the opportunity to spend 2 highly focused weeks of flight training to get the job completed.  I came into the program as a complete novice to powered flight and finished with a successful check ride 2 weeks later. Tony, Ruben and the entire support system were amazing. Ruben is a tremendous asset and I am grateful for the chance to work with him.

I highly recommend the program.

Dan Propp MD

Missoula, Montana

Rob Boettner
Anchor Point, Alaska

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Hello Tony,

I just wanted to let you know all went very well and I passed the check ride today. I want to compliment AFIT and Especially my instructor Oleg who did a phenomenal job and I will definitely highly recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing aviation.

Thanks for everything.

Rob Boettner

Anchor Point, Alaska

Jay Combes
Knoxville, Tennessee

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

I can’t begin to express how grateful that I was paired up with my instructor Paul. A very experienced pilot, and a very patient instructor. I have flown with 3 CFI’s including Paul and the thing I was most impressed by Paul is that he allows you to learn to fly and allows you to have full controls. I have flow elsewhere where the CFI took the controls often. In my experience, you just don’t learn as much. 

Paul has several thousand flight hours and that’s something that also gave me peace of mind. He constantly is teaching and giving advice and you can truly tell he loves what he does…. Something you won’t get with all CFI’s. 

If you get the privilege to fly with Paul, you will be in excellent hands. I felt secure and confident to fly in literally only 5 days! Crazy right?? Not only will he teach you but he will instill “right rutter” into your brain forever. :) I am hiring AFIT and  Paul again in a few months to get my IFR and Multi Engine Ratings.. That’s how impressed I was by him.  AFIT what a great program you have created. Tony, the owner, was super helpful and got me in quickly. 

I would recommend the AFIT team and Paul to anyone I know. This Tennessee boy learned a lot in our short 14 days and am officially a Private Pilot. 

Also quick note, you will spend $20,000+ at any “standard” training school due to how long it will take you and the learning curve of waiting a week or several days in-between your training. If you’re reading this, bite the bullet and sign up! You wont regret it, I sure don’t! 

Jay Combes

Knoxville, Tennessee

Blake Reeder
Amarillo, Texas

14-Day Private Pilot Course

Traveled from Texas to the Sacramento school for my pilot course. Andy my instructor, did an amazing job making sure I felt comfortable and went out of his way to keep me focused and on track to graduate with my license. A fantastic program and group of people to help you achieve your goal! Would recommend the AFIT crew to anyone looking for a solid program to learn to fly!

Blake Reeder

Amarillo, Texas

Husam Almadani
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

10-Day PPL Finish-Up Course

Dear Tony 

It has been a wonderful learning experience working with Rubin for 10 busy days. Rubin is a dedicated CFI with a great deal of technical and practical knowledge. He offered me unprecedented support, full attention and amazing mentorship. I look forward to continuing my learning journey with him for instrument training in the near future.

Thank you

Husam Almadani

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Jason Bay
Singapore

PPL Finish-Up Course

My PPL journey has been filled with ups and downs, punctuated by an AFIT exclamation right at the end.

Before the pandemic, I was working towards my certificate with a Part 61 CFI part-time — flying once or twice a week. Unfortunately, after clocking almost 90 hours, and being on the cusp of cross-country solos and checkride prep, unusually wet weather, haze from forest fires, work and COVID-19 all conspired to prevent me finishing up my PPL.

3 years later, I decided to try a Part 141 school, but that meant carrying over only 9 (or 10%) of my aeronautical experience. Never mind — the refresher would be good for proficiency, I thought. But, while I was fully committed to finishing up, the school I signed up with was — shall we say — somewhat partially committed. In 6 weeks with the school, I had only flown 12 times, with a student:instructor ratio of at least 6:1 and a student:aircraft ratio approaching 10:1, repeating lessons that I had done previously, and making absolutely no forward progress towards my cross-country solos and getting lined up for a checkride.

And that was when I speculatively reached out to AFIT and Tony, to see if there was a better option. I was pleasantly shocked when Tony personally reached out within a few hours. He empathised with my situation, and then set to work — trying out different scheduling permutations to see what would work given the various constraints and short timeframe that I had before having to return to my career.

Within a week, we had sorted out schedules so that I could work with Abe and Fady to finish up my PPL. Another week later, I had my checkride scheduled and am now a private pilot! At last!

I could not have done this without the excellent instruction from Abe and Fady, and the support from Alex, at Van Nuys. Working with Abe first, and then Fady, I was in good hands as I prepared for the oral and practical portions of the checkride. We went flying on consecutive days, right from the get-go. They identified my weaknesses within the first day or so, and I flew more hours in a week than in 6 weeks with the Part 141 school. All of this flying was time spent on flight tasks that were stretching me to become a better pilot, rather than simply checking off boxes on a rigid syllabus.

Right on day one, both Abe and Fady struck me as CFIs who truly have a passion for getting student pilots across the threshold to becoming certified pilots. Fady, in particular, truly lived up to his commitment to be “on the same team” as me, dishing out the right amount of encouragement, reminders, and even calling out when I was being too hard on myself. Fady even celebrated my birthday — a nice touch given that I had travelled away from home.

Apart from passing my check ride, I also appreciated the emphasis on inculcating good safety habits, and being systematic about getting and staying ahead of the airplane. All of this put me in good stead to be well-prepared for my checkride and to be a competent and safe pilot for years to come.

I have no hesitation recommending AFIT to anyone who is prepared to put in the effort, is serious about getting a PPL, and needs to minimise the opportunity cost of taking time off from a non-flying professional career. Anyone identifying with this description should definitely reach out to AFIT for a consultation without delay. The team here truly works with you in a solution-focused manner, sometimes moving mountains to make it all work out.

Truly, my only regret on this meandering journey is not reaching out to AFIT earlier to straighten the twists and turns along my PPL adventure. I shudder to think of where I might be today if I had not written that e-mail and taken the call with Tony.

Thank you Tony, Abe, and Fady from the AFIT team! Truly, thank you for making my dream of the past 3-4 years a reality!

Jason Bay

Int’l AFIT alumni

Singapore

Mayra Reyes
Seattle, Washington

14-Day Private Pilot Training Program

Tony, Paul, thank you very much for tailoring the 14 day Course to my specific needs. I started flying about 18 months prior to coming to AFIT but wasn’t making progress, in addition, weather, aircraft availability and work schedule was hard to overcome until I found AFIT and their accelerated program was just what I needed!

Tony paired me with Paul as an instructor. Paul made sure I received all the flight training I needed to pass the checkride. Paul is knowledgeable, accommodating and ready to provide constructive feedback at the right time during ground and flight training. I’m definitely going back to AFIT for instrument training and I can’t wait to have Paul as my instructor and mentor again.

Many Thanks,
Mayra Reyes

Seattle, Washington

Edmund Tong
San Francisco, California

Private Pilot Finish Up Course

Hi Tony,

“The accelerated training I received with Steven allowed me to build my aeronautical skills in a way that was best suited for me: Steven’s expertise helped me to pinpoint what my specific deficiencies were and we were able to work on them in a targeted fashion. Compared to a regular flight training regimen, AFIT’s full time training helped me to grasp concepts more quickly and effectively as I could practice for long periods without pauses in between.”

Thanks!

Edmund Tong

San Francisco, California

Billy Rodoni
Santa Cruz, California

Private Pilot Finish-Up Course

Tony,

I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with your accelerated program. I feel like this system is the best and most efficient method of flight training. I also wanted to let you know that Steven is a great instructor who really takes his job seriously and works hard to build confidence in his students.

Thanks again!
Billy Rodoni
Santa Cruz, California

Pete Glynn
Tampa, Florida

Thank You! 14-day Private Pilot Training Course

Hi Tony-

Just wanted to thank you and Andy for helping fulfill a life-long bucket list item!

I’ve wanted to do this since I was 10 years old. The two-week private pilot course was exactly what I needed to get it done.

As you know, it is an intense two weeks. The training materials laid it all out and I knew exactly what to expect before I got there.

I was fortunate that you assigned Andy to fly with me…..he was awesome in helping me get through it! He was always “sunny”, calm and patient.

I’m incredibly happy and grateful that I found you guys.

I hope to be back next spring for my instrument training!

Best Regards,

Pete Glynn

Tampa, Florida

Justice Mustain
Portland, Oregon

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

I couldn’t be more thankful for AFIT. I had some of the most patient, kind, and helpful people. They catered to my learning style and helped me grasp any concept I felt weak in. Steven made learning fun everyday. I couldn’t recommend them enough.

Thank you Tony for all your help and making my dreams a reality.

Sincerely,

Justice Mustain

Portland, Oregon

Will Drone
Forest Hills, California

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

First off, I want to thank Tony for making my training happen. Your attention and willingness to adapt will not be forgotten.

Now on to Ruben, first off, I know you were supposed have a week off and instead you stepped up to fit me into your schedule. I am learning that in aviation and in life we have to adapt and overcome and that was my first lesson of the journey. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and that reason was that Ruben was supposed to be my instructor and it couldn’t have been better! For the 10 days we were together it was an intense and deeply satisfying experience, he always pushed me to do my best and brought a sense of calm, insight and knowledge to each situation I was faced with. There was never a time during the duration of the training that I felt that I couldn’t achieve what he was asking.

My time with AFIT and Ruben was one for the the memory bank and I feel that I have gained a friend in Ruben as a result. Again, I want to thank you both for helping me to achieve a lifelong goal to become a private pilot. I will be back soon for my instrument training. Until then, I’ll be talking to you on the CTAF!

Thank you,

Will Drone

Forest Hills, California

Matthew Murphy
Anacortes, Washington

10-Day IFR Training Course

Hello Tony,

I recently completed the IFR course in Lincoln, Ca under the instruction of Steven. My successful check ride was Saturday with the DPE.

Steven did an excellent job instructing; ensuring I was prepared for whatever scenario, location, or procedure on which I would be evaluated. As well, he is an extremely personable and pleasant person from which a student can comfortably learn.

Casey and crew did a stellar job at keeping the airplane in good flying condition.

I appreciated the close proximity of the hotel and the price arrangement with AFIT. Having a printer in the hangar was absolutely invaluable. And finally the dedicated classroom at was a good set up for ground training.

Thank you again for being the pathway to my Instrument rating.

Best regards,

Matthew Murphy

Anacortes, Washington

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