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Isaias Zapata
Teotihuacan, Mexico

10-Day Instrument Training Cirrus SR-22

Tony.

I had a lot of fun training with John, he is a great instructor and very nice to work with.

Would definitely train again with AFIT.

Andre Maldonado
Bogota

14-Day PPL Thanks what a great experience

Thank you for your help in making my dream of becoming a private pilot come through.

I want to specially thank you for recommending Tom for the job.

Tom is a great pilot, a great instructor, and a great person. He guided me through this very intense program with a well-crafted combination of patience, strictness, and personal support that got me through in just
14 days!

What else would you ask for?

Un abrazo

Jan Ralph
London and Singapore

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Massive thanks to John my CFI and Tony for arranging training in the U.S to pass my 2 week accelerated PPL Course.  Although challenging the training was great and had an amazing time flying all over Southern California.
Would recommend the AFIT accelerated course to anyone who has a lifelong goal to be one of the few with a PPL.  I look forward to coming back next year to add an instrument rating to my licence.

Many thanks again John and Tony

Jan Ralph

Tam Anh Doerp
Berlin, Germany

My 14-Day Private Pilot Course

My experience at AFIT was an unforgettable one. Working with John has been such an honor; he was very helpful in every way even when I had some doubts 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 John. This absolutely motivated me to keep pursuing my dream. I had an incredible time working with and learning from John. I am very looking forward to coming back and do some more flying with John.

 

Leonardo Zapparoli
Milan, Italy / New York, New York

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training

Dear Tony

When I was first told that it was possible to go from zero to a Private Pilot in just 14 days, I was flabbergasted. But after I received my training from John, I realized it was possible.

My experience of AFIT was phenomenal. The quality of your instruction, your  dedication to me, and the efficiency of the whole program was excellent. For those who are willing to spend two concentrated weeks focusing only on flying, I believe that AFIT is by far the best route to take.

The consistently beautiful weather in California, together with the convenience of the airport, and the quality of instruction make the amount of learning possible in those two weeks endless. My instruction from John was top-notch. I made a good friend, and learning from such a great pilot who was genuinely involved in my progress was a fantastic experience.

My overall experience with AFIT was outstanding. Thank you John for your dedication and sincerity. I look forward to being back for my instrument rating.

Best Regards,
Leonardo Zapparoli

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

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

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 

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

Arjun Jain
New York and London

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Tony,

I had a fantastic time with Oleg and AFIT, and am very excited to have gone from no experience to a private pilot’s license in just 14 days. Oleg did a phenomenal job as a teacher, going the extra mile and customizing the program to my needs. Despite some challenges with local weather, we continued to make good progress throughout and I could see myself improving every day. Oleg is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher and kept things lively and fun; I had a great time with the program and will always look back on my time there fondly.

Thanks again for everything.

Best,

Arjun Jain
New York and London

Juan Pablo Castillo
South Bend, Indiana / Guatemala

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

My experience during my training at AFIT was nothing less than what I expected. Excellent! I’ve had previous training and both Tony and my instructor, Aiden, were extremely helpful and flexible to accommodate this. Aiden helped further my knowledge and over prepared me for my oral and practical exam which made it a lot easier when it was time to do it. Both Aiden and Tony were very helpful in finding a new DPE when the scheduled DPE cancelled last minute. Overall the training was very personalized and made me a much better pilot than when I started.

I strongly recommend AFIT to anyone seeking their pilot’s license or any rating!

Regards,

Juan Pablo Castillo

South Bend, Indiana / Guatemala

Terry Colton
Coquitlam, British Columbia

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Hi Tony,

I can’t tell you how much I have appreciated your patience, guidance and advice since I started my PPL training with you and your team at Lincoln. As you know, I started this learning curve a little later in life than most, at the young age of 77.

My sincere thanks to the whole team at AFIT. From the outset with instructors to the conclusion they all worked diligently to get me to the finish line. The smile on my face on March 20 said it all.

For anyone considering obtaining their Private Pilot’s License, AFIT is the place to go. They are dedicated, committed, highly trained individuals who will work with you to help you achieve your goal.

Lastly, don’t think you will be able to complete the training elsewhere – you might be able to but it will probably take longer and cost more! Stick with it and with AFIT!

Thanks again Tony for making this happen. I hope our paths cross, I would like to shake your hand and personally say, “Well done on putting together a great program!”.

All the best,

Terry Colton

Coquitlam, British Columbia

Toan
Thailand

14-Day Private Pilot Course KLHM

I definitely picked the right accelerated PPL program for me with AFIT. My instructor, David C., was a great teacher who moved at my pace and really let me go as quick as I wanted. My examiner on my check ride commented on how good of a job David did with me. I overall felt well prepared by the time the check ride arrived thanks to the thorough prep we did. I also appreciated the flexibility in scheduling and the ability to move up the timetable if things are going well.  All 3 planes that I flew were in good condition. Tony’s hotel hookup at Lincoln’s Holiday Inn Express made daily commute times to the airport very simple and straightforward, while being next door to a grocery store and Target.

Overall the experience was overwhelmingly positive! I will definitely be coming back for my IFR training soon, and my wife can’t wait to get her PPL at AFIT!

Toan Tran-Phu

Thailand

Chuk Leung
Hong Kong

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Tony,

Couldn’t ask for a better instructor to get me trained and prepared for my Private Pilot check ride. Made it through the 14 days and succeeded on my first attempt. Doing my first solo traffic pattern and cross country, the first night flight, seeing the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, and sharing the airport with Spielberg, Warner Brothers, and Jennifer Lopez (at least their airplanes all started with my instructor Abe and runway 16R. Can’t wait to get the Instrument and multi-engine ratings. Got to enjoy all there is to see in the world. You don’t get these views anywhere else unless you’re in the skies.

Thanks for everything.

Chuk Leung

Hong Kong

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

Tyler Choo
Singapore

10-Day Instrument Training

Hey Tony,

All I can say is WOW! The last 10 days have been an incredible journey, yet it all flew by. I can’t thank Paul enough for all that he did for me and taught me. He was incredibly patient and thorough with his teaching. One of the things I admired most about Paul was that he was instrumental in ensuring that, even after the checkride, I would be a capable and confident pilot in the IFR system. First and foremost in his mind was making sure that I had the necessary skills and knowledge to be comfortable flying under IFR. The check ride ended up being a test of a mere fraction of all the things that I had the opportunity to learn from Paul over the 10 days. During the course, Paul even accommodated trips that I wanted to do and to go to local areas that I wanted to see, all while training. And when faced with last minute issues with the examiner, Paul was able to find replacement examiner and schedule them the night before my checkride. Your program is truly awesome in accomplishing what it does.

Thank you to AFIT and Paul for allowing me to get my instrument rating so quickly and efficiently.

Kind Regards,

Tyler Choo
Santa Clara, California

Singapore

James McCann
Ontario, Canada

My 14-Day Private Pilot Training

I came all the way from Canada to do this program out in Lincoln, California. From even before I started everyone was super helpful and quick to respond to any questions and concerns I had. The AFIT PPL course was definitely one of the most involved and intense things I’ve done in my life. But it was 100% worth it. With little to no prior flight experience or knowledge, two weeks later I’m fully capable, knowledgeable and comfortable to fly safely and legally lol. I had the pleasure of being put with Tyler, a very friendly, smart and great instructor. He wouldn’t hesitate to take extra time out of his day to spend longer time to help me fly or help me understand something I couldn’t quite grasp. He really went above and beyond anything I would have expected from an instructor. He was able to explain complex subjects and instructions in a simple, easy to understand way and always had an answer to every question I had. By the time the check ride day came around I was definitely nervous, but I felt ready because of all the great training that I had.

I’m beyond happy I got put with Tyler but also every other instructor there was super kind and supportive. It was an amazing community that just seems like a big group of friends more than anything else. I still got a lot more positive things to say but looking at all I’ve written out so far I think it might be getting to long haha. The point is, if you’re thinking about getting your pilots license in a timely manner and looking at this place, don’t hesitate. It’s 100% worth it.

Thank you to Tyler and the whole Lincoln community for making this an amazing and unforgettable experience.

James McCann

Ontario, Canada

Alexia Oltramare
Geneva Switzerland

14-Day Private Pilot Training

Ricardo,

I just wanted to thank you so much for everything these past two weeks. You have not only been such an amazing instructor, but also a great friend. I hope that we can stay in contact. I am looking forward to doing my IFR training with you in the near future.

Best Regards,

Alexia Oltramare

Geneva Switzerland

Leo Plank
Munich, Germany

My 10-Day IFR Training Course

I am a private pilot from Germany and wanted to do my instrument rating in the US. I was naturally unsure what to expect but Tony and Ruben were extremely professional and guided me through the whole process from the registration, TSA approval, IACRA and all the other paperwork. On the ground at KLHM the whole process was extremely professional, well maintained airplanes and a pleasant environment for the students. We started flight training immediately and Ruben is a great instructor, He really made me hone my skills and put great emphasis on me “acting as PIC” which really helped me on the instrument check ride and also made me a better pilot. Ruben took great care to explain all the intricacies of the IFR world and we practiced countless approaches. By the time the check ride was scheduled I felt well prepared – in fact the last hours flying with Ruben were designed to be more challenging than the check ride itself. I was very happy that everything worked so well and that I received my instrument ticket after the check ride.

I am very grateful to Ruben and AFIT for their great work and would not hesitate to recommend them to any pilot looking at getting an IFR rating.

Leo Plank

Munich, Germany

Arturo Guerra
Monterrey, Mexico / McAllen, Texas

10-Day IFR Training Course – Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair / G1000

Tony / Ruben,

I just wanted to write a few lines about my experience with AFIT. Actually this is my 2nd experience with AFIT. A few years ago my son passed his IFR check ride with another AFIT instructor. Ruben was my’ assigned instructor. We had a few days of low IFR so we hit the books to prepare for the ground portion. Ruben is very knowledgeable and was very patient with all my questions. When the skies cleared we started flying. Slowly I started getting better and better. Soon I was shooting approaches and getting more proficient until he said I was ready. When check ride day came, Ruben was right there holding my hand on the paperwork and easing my fears and calming my nerves. I will not forget the words he said when walking with the DPE for the practical: “Just do what we have been doing and have fun…”A short time later, I was IFR rated.

Thanks Ruben and Tony for this big milestone in my flying career. All my best,

Arturo Guerra

Monterrey, Mexico / McAllen, Texas

Pat Brown
Monterrey, Mexico / McAllen, Texas

10-Day IFR Training Course – Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair / G1000

Hi Ruben,

It was a pleasure meeting you earlier today. I must admit that I haven’t had good luck with applicants who did the 10 day path like Arturo. The fail rate, for me, has been much higher than ‘normal’. So, I was very, very pleasantly surprised at how well he did today.

It always comes down to the quality of instruction, and Arturo received excellent instruction. Nice job!!

Best Regards,

Pat Brown

Designated Pilot Examiner

Houston, Texas

Tony Tonev
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico / Houston, Texas

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

I really enjoyed my training with Andy. He’s extremely experienced and knowledgeable, combined with good humor and patience. When the other CFI’s have a question, he’s the one they ask. I love that he lets you try to figure things out yourself first, that way you remember it much better. Of course, he’s always ready to jump in to save the plane in case you mess up a landing, but he knows exactly when to intervene and when not to. Also, he has the humility of someone with nothing left to prove. He’s right where he wants to be, not using teaching as a stepping stone to the airlines. Overall, I learned so much and advanced very quickly. I love that style of learning, where I can focus all of my attention on just one thing. The only limitation on how much I could fly per day was my own fatigue and weather.

In the end I passed! I couldn’t have done it without Andy and AFIT.

Tony Tonev

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico / Houston, Texas

Visesh Ramachandran
Chennai, India

10 Day Instrument Training Course

My dream to become a pilot became a reality at AFIT Flight School in Lincoln California. Prior to joining AFIT, I did a lot of research on flight schools – compared the costs and found their offer quite attractive. As an international student – the process and procedures are very well laid out on their website. All the staff have always been very helpful and understanding especially the main coordinator and Owner Tony, and my flight instructor Ben made me feel as part of the family. I have had a very good flying experience. They have the necessary knowledge , experience of patients with students learning pace.

I would highly recommend this as the best flight school for international students.

Thank you everyone at AFIT Flight School Lincoln California.

Visesh Ramachandran

Chennai, India

Yizhi Liu
California

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Dear Tony,

I am writing to express my appreciation for the private pilot training experience I received at AFIT in Lincoln. You provided the highest quality of flight training, together with your support and friendship.

My instructor, Steven, demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, patience, and expertise. He took the time to teach me how to fly safely and master the essential skills required for navigation, maneuvers, and other crucial aspects of aviation. His guidance was instrumental in helping me pass the checkride.

I particularly appreciated Steven’s commitment to accommodating my needs, even when faced with unforeseen challenges. After my initial checkride was cancelled due to weather, he went above and beyond to arrange a new one for me.

Before joining AFIT, I had been flying in the Bay Area for quite some time without much progress. However, your accelerated flight training program allowed me to advance quickly, and I am now a private pilot. The experience has been well worth the investment, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to train with you. I will cherish my time spent at AFIT and look forward to applying the invaluable lessons I have learned to my future endeavors in aviation.

Sincerely,

Yizhi Liu

Hayward, California / China

Vincent Tan

Hello Tony!

Jorge, my instructor, was extremely friendly, patient, cheerful and passionate about teaching and flying. I went into the 14-Day PPL prepared for intense training, but I had to adjust my definition of “intense” after going through this course. As someone who was and is still afraid of heights, I felt safe and understood by Jorge, and he helped push my limits and understanding.

Having done flight training 1-2 times a month previously and racking up a few hours before starting the course, it was very helpful to spend the 2 weeks fully focused on flying and I fully appreciate the planning and execution undertaken by Jorge,

I fully enjoyed myself and the journey, and now, I have a license to continue on learning. If you’ve got 2 weeks to spare, AFIT’s course is definitely the way to go!

Thank you again for everything Tony!

Regards,

Vincent Tan

Singapore

Dan Barrigan
Massachusetts

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Hi Tony,

I recently completed my Private Pilot Course at AFIT, and under the expert guidance of my instructor, Mr. Romo, I went from a complete novice to a safe and qualified pilot in an intense but highly rewarding two weeks.

Steven’s dedication and passion for aviation were evident throughout my entire experience with him. His knowledge and attention to detail ensured I received the highest level of training.

Even after an unexpected Californian weather delay meant I had to wait a few days to get a new appointment with the DPE, I still felt prepared and confident in my skills and was in a position to be able to pass my examination – a testament to the quality of AFIT’s training. A huge thank you to you and Steven for helping me get my time as a pilot off to a great start!

All the best,

Dan Barrigan

United Kingdom / Somerville, Massachusetts

Luo Tian
Guandong

Gratitude for Your Assistance in Receiving My PPL

To Tony, Jorge, and Alex,

First and foremost, I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for your unflinching support and diligent efforts in aiding my acquisition of the Private Pilot License.

Jorge, your exceptional and exceptional mentoring and the motivation you provided throughout my learning experience were of immeasurable value and significance. Your unwavering dedication towards my progress and achievements, are indelibly imprinted in my heart, and for this, I am ever grateful.

Alex, your adept management of all available resources ensured my learning process was less cumbersome. You were continually on standby to make sure all essential materials and equipment were available at the right moment, thereby averting any delays that could have been encountered.

Tony, I am grateful for your flawless coordination of the entire process. Your aptitude and skill in solving any arising issues, and ensuring the journey towards acquiring the license ran smoothly were exemplary. Your distinguished customer service skills and unimaginable attention to detail have created a remarkable experience that would forever be etched in my memory.

Individually and collectively, your contributions towards aiding me to attain this significant milestone in my aviation career cannot be overemphasized. I hope to apply the expertise, wisdom, and knowledge gained from our time together and will endeavor to emulate your sterling example as I continue to progress in my aviation endeavors.

If ever there is anything I can do towards supporting and returning the kind deeds you gave, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your unwavering patronage.

Warm Regards,

Luo Tian

Guandong China

Visesh Ramachandran
Chennai, India

6 Day Commercial Training Course

Rick is the finest instructor I’ve had the pleasure to learning from. He constantly made himself available for discussions and explanations even on breaks, going out of his way to answer my questions. He gave me a rigorous course load of both ground and flight lessons, telling me everything I should read up on before our next lesson that I missed in the theory ,  communicating effectively and concisely. In the cockpit, he is precise on what output he wants from me and taking control when necessary to show me new maneuvers and allowing the student to maximize their flight feel on how the maneuvers ought need to be .

I was consistently able to make small corrections on landings and takeoffs when necessary due to the minute corrections Rick  was able to see and  explaining what I was doing wrong and how to fix it. After that, I consistently had good or excellent landings. He prepared me for my check ride and I passed , thanks to his tremendous hard work. Not only is he excellent at flying, he is truly passionate about teaching and has the patience and skill to work with everyone.

Thank you for everything.

Alastair Tam
Singapore

14-Day Private Pilot Training

I want to give my heartfelt thanks to Ben for helping me achieve this challenging task. Firstly, he went above and beyond in ensuring that I received adequate training and fulfilled the requirements for the PPL in the short two weeks that the program offered. This allowed me to earn my license in 42.6 hours of flight time. In addition, he seems to be a very genuine person and has a passion for teaching others when it comes to aviation. He was very well acquainted with flight planning procedures using the latest techniques that saved immense time and effort with ForeFlight. Learning with him gave me the confidence I needed to fly solo on my fourth day of training.

I also want to give thanks to AFIT for allowing me this opportunity, as someone from abroad, to gain my FAA PPL in a timely and relatively affordable manner. Tony was very prompt and responsive when any issues arose and this helped me to achieve success. Thanks for everything.

I highly recommend AFIT and Ben.

Dada Huang
Evanston, Illinois

14-Day Private Pilot Training

First of all, I want to say Oleg is an absolute legend. I didn’t come in with high expectations, but he totally blew me away. He’s super professional and knows exactly how to help me improve without making things complicated. He didn’t even need to take control of the plane much, but somehow managed to make me a better pilot. I think this is because he’s got tons of experience teaching and genuinely cares about his students’ success. We were totally on the same page throughout the training and I definitely felt like we were in this together.

What I also really appreciate about Oleg is that he keeps a straightforward approach and doesn’t overload you with unnecessary stuff. Right from day one, he focused on the essential knowledge and skills needed for the check ride. Not more, not less. It made prepping for the check ride so much easier compared to other flight schools. For me it’s been a bit of a slow ride with my previous training, dealing with all sorts of issues like scheduling problems, bad weather, and instructors who weren’t exactly the most dedicated. But I’m really happy I finally found an awesome instructor who made things progress quicker for me!

I am thankful for the fast-track training opportunity that AFIT offers, and I’m glad I jumped onboard. Tony is pleasant to work with and It’s been a smooth process signing up and getting everything in order. The 14-day accelerated training program won’t work for everyone. It’s intense, and you gotta be ready to work hard and stay 100% focused. But if you’re up for the challenge, I highly recommend Oleg as your instructor. Plus, Frankfort, Kentucky is an amazing place to learn to fly. The airport traffic is lighter, and the town itself is beautiful. I’ve got some great memories from there, and who knows, maybe I’ll go back someday for more flying.

Manuel Costano
Madrid

10-Day Instrument Training Course

I recently had the opportunity of undertaking the Instrument Rating course with AFIT, and I must say that the experience exceeded my expectations. Under the guidance of my CFII, Ben, I trained at Lincoln Airfield in California. The 10-day intensive program was an eye-opening journey that not only enhanced my flying skills but also let me to achieve my instrument rating in record time.

Traditional training for an instrument rating can be a lengthy process, but AFIT’s immersive approach allowed me to attain the qualification in a fraction of the time. This was made possible by the rigorous daily schedule, which typically involved around 4 hours of flying combined with personal theory study in the afternoons.

Ben, my CFII, played an important role in shaping my experience. His expertise, patience, and commitment to my learning journey were truly commendable. His guidance during flight sessions was invaluable; he not only emphasized precision and technique but also ensured that I developed a deep understanding of instrument procedures and regulations. Ben’s ability to adapt his teaching style to suit my learning pace was key in boosting my confidence as I progressed through the course.

The intense schedule demanded discipline and dedication, but the results were very worth it. It was really rewarding to get the Instrument rating after all the effort. Thanks for everything.

Best regards,

Manuel Costano

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