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Ben Froslee
Duluth, Minnesota

My Finish-Up Training 

Before working with AFIT I was slowly accumulating hours over the course of six months and didn’t feel like I was doing anything more than maintaining my limited piloting knowledge. AFIT’s accelerated flight training was exactly what I need to build my flying know-how and gain confidence in the air.

Tony was easy to work with, very accessible, and upfront and knowledgeable about the course and the curriculum. My flight instructor Gil was an extremely competent pilot, Great Instructor, and fun to be around. He made me feel confident flying in the high traffic airspace around Van Nuys and worked hard to give me all the skills and knowledge necessary to pass my check ride.

I would recommend AFIT to anyone who wants to become a pilot!

Thanks again Tony!!

Ben Froslee
Duluth, Minnesota

Austin R. Panasuk
Sidney, Montana

14 Day Private Pilot Training

Tony,

I had an excellent time with Todd Gilbert. I never would have thought that I would be able to achieve my pilot’s license in two weeks. Todd and I flew, studied for my written and he was able to help me achieve one of my life long dreams. Todd has great knowledge about aviation and is very easy to get along with. He was a very informative teacher and made everything very simple to understand. I couldn’t have done it without your course.

I’ll see you guys for my instrument rating. Thank you for help and support.

Austin R. Panasuk
Sidney, Montana

James K.
Reno, Nevada

My 13 Day Private Pilot Training  (One full day ahead of schedule)

AFIT’s program was the only way that I could schedule the time to earn my certificate. I followed Tony’s instructions to the letter, carefully preparing for the written exam and getting my pre-flight schooling completed. I’m glad I did because at the last moment I decided to earn my certificate in a complex, high-performance 7-seat turbo aircraft that I purchased. Every flight instructor I spoke to thought I was nuts; but when Gil arrived we went straight to work. Gil has the unique ability to read his students and understand when they need encouragement, empathy or a good old-fashioned kick in the rear. He never complained even though it took me over 150 landings to ease us onto the runway. He is a kind person and a fantastic instructor, helping me ace my verbal test and check ride with just 11 days in the air. I now fly cross-country 6-10 hours a week and feel completely confident.  

I would recommend the AFIT program to anyone who is willing to dedicate themselves.”

Warm Regards,

James K.
Reno, Nevada

James Favela
Watsonville, California

My 14 Day Private Pilot Training

Tony,

I wanted to take a brief moment and write about my recent flight training with AFIT. The training location in Van Nuys and the Instructor Gil were the absolute best combination. I wanted the busy airspace experience and a qualified Instructor to teach me. Gil was very easy to get along with and had great teaching abilities. Gil is defiantly an asset to AFIT and I would recommend him and AFIT to anyone who asked me about flight training. All the CFI instructors in the little town where I live thought it was absolutely crazy that I was attempting the accelerated flight training.

With me back home and holding a TICKET in my possession they are all astonished that I was able to achieve my private pilot license in such a short amount of time. That’s not all either I actually am very comfortable flying and looking forward to my private pilot excursions that will follow. Once again a million thanks to AFIT and Mr. Gil for making the dream a reality.

Regards,

James Favela
Watsonville, California

Andrew Walton
Rocklin, California

10 Day Instrument Rating in my Cirrus SR-22

Tony, 

I would like to thank you and Bill for helping me get my instrument rating.  Over the last 9 months, I got my private pilot license, high performance endorsement and instrument rating through AFIT.  I have limited flexibility in my time off from work and I am particularly grateful that you and Bill were able to make a plan that fit my schedule.

Bill was an “excellent instructor” and, in ten days, made me a confident, safe instrument pilot.  Two days after getting my instrument rating, I shot my first approach solo in IMC!  Bill was patient and flexible.  He not only taught me the material on the syllabus but also passed along a lot of what he calls “tribal knowledge” that helped me learn best practices from the many pilots he has taught.  I especially liked Bill’s ability to teach me to use the glass cockpit in my Cirrus. He is comfortable with technology and taught me to use both paper and electronic flight bags.  When my practical was scheduled the day after he was supposed to leave, he delayed his departure and helped me study up to the start of the practical.  I highly recommend Bill!  I enjoyed working with him and feel like I have gained a friend along with my instrument rating.

I am also grateful to AFIT and you for sticking with me and helping work around scheduling issues and weather problems this year.  I am amazed at how much you have helped me grow as a pilot in a short period of time.  As a repeat customer, the accelerated training you offer really works! 

Thanks again, 

Andrew Walton
Rocklin, California

Rolando Cohen
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10 Day IFR C207T with G500 / G430/530, S-tec 50 and GTX330 

Hi Tony and John:

I am a relatively low time pilot (150hrs), but have focused on moving at a good pace up the experience ladder.  I received my PPL in May of 2013, and promptly received my High Performance and Complex endorsement.   I flew 172’s with the G1000 and 182’s with the standard 6 pack primarily.  A year later I received my Tail Wheel endorsement in a J3 Cub, which taught me a lot about coordinated flight, what the rudders are really for, and controlling the plane with small incremental movement.   By year end I had purchased my first aircraft, a Cessna 207, as I had the need to really carry 6 people and about 1100lbs after fuel.  I learned to handle it VFR relatively well and was taught how to do some pretty good short field work by a phenomenal local instructor.  However before I put people in the plane I wanted to make sure I felt confident and ready for whatever the weather could throw at me, or of course really know to stay on the ground when that was the best decision!

I contacted several outfits to do my accelerated training, since I didn’t want to spend a year or more getting my Instrument rating.  Tony at AFIT was by far the most responsive, helpful, and on the ball of all of them.  Because my aircraft is relatively unusual in the Northeast, I had to find an instructor with some real time in a 207, both for experience and for insurance.  Tony recommended John, who unbeknownst to me had been in three Plane and Pilot articles, which were the ones that had originally sparked my idea about an accelerated program.   I quickly put two and two together. It took John two flights, a missed connection, and a train ride to get to upstate NY.    He arrived at 8pm after traveling all day, and yet the minute we met at the station, he was positive, engaged and ready to go. 

It is difficult to describe the tremendous balance that John had in his teaching style right from the start.  I had done several types of training before (short field, tail wheel, high performance), and having learned at Westchester Airport, surrounded by the class Bravo of JFK/EWR/LGA, I was used to the rapid fire radio work needed to speak with NY approach and the ATC environment  (I didn’t know any better!), but I sort of treated them separately.  But somehow, John put it all together for me.  The radio, combined with rudder work for the small adjustments on approaches, the “box” work on the 530W/430W, the glideslope captures, pattern work at minimums, holds on a fix, VOR work, all of it.    He would let me get just enough out of the envelope to correct me the first few days, and as training went on, we would add repetition, and then a bit more work, and so on.  In addition he taught me how to use Foreflight to file flight plans in detail, and additional aids in the cockpit to make the information flow well.

We were lucky to have varying weather, so we got some actual IMC time, and we went to 6 states (NY, CT, PA, MA, NH, VT) during the XC time that I needed (20 hours) to exceed the requirements.  Not until I took the oral with the examiner did I realize that, all the while in the plane in midflight, John was prepping me for the Oral.  A question here, an explanation there, on approach, clarifications, all orchestrated incredibly well.  Always with good humor at one point, and demanding the next, tremendous balance.  By the day of the check ride, I was flying at ATP standards, +- 50ft. 

And good thing he taught me that way.  On the day of the check ride, weather moved in over Albany where we would be doing the partial panel VOR work.    During the Oral, which took about 3 hours, I kept looking outside at the rolling clouds.  By the time we went up in the air at 1pm, and as John said (If you went to the plane, well you passed the oral!), clouds were pouring rain to the north, with winds moving in.  We had to originally deviate from the plan as we were going to do VOR work first, and then localizer at the Pittsfield airport and back to Hudson for an approach and circle to land.  We diverted to Pittsfield, where everything went smoothly.  At the recommendation of Albany approach, they steered us around the worst of the weather, but it was actual conditions in hard rain all the way. 

About 20 miles east of Albany, mid storm, it was partial panel time.  Everything gets covered and I have VOR’s, the 530 and the steam dials.  We are vectored to the approach to runway 28 and as we are beginning the procedure, Albany Approach calls and advises that an airliner has just reported 30 knot windsheer at approx. 500 ft right in our path.  Albany vectored us around for a second approach.   Again once we had captured the approach and we were past the Initial Approach fix, another airliner coming out of Albany reported windsheer again of more than 30 knots, and Albany vectored us again. 

The examiner, a 40 year flight veteran and examiner, looked over and said, “perhaps we should do an ILS for now at runway 19?”.  I knew Murphy had come to spoil my check ride,  but Murphy apparently had no idea that John had trained me!  I calmly said to the examiner, “no worries, let’s do this approach again, I’m comfortable with partial panel”.  I was PIC, period.  We did the third approach, horizontal deviation barely out of centerline the whole way, fixes hit within almost 20ft of altitude, and then the climb out to the missed approach.  ATP standard.     

The rest of the check ride went very well with approach fixes, and RNAV approaches all easy after that.  When we landed and went into the FBO, John was there waiting.  The instructor, said “you did an incredible job, he did partial panel in that kind of weather”, then turning to me “everything you did was well done, but that VOR control was something I haven’t seen in a very long time.  It was one of the most enjoyable check rides I have ever had.  If my kids asked me to fly with you, I’d let them.”    John only smiled.      

Thank you John for everything.  You really are the Merlin of aviation – a magician.   

Rolando Cohen
N377CF – The Dragon Lady
Cessna T207

Kenny Dutcher
Monahans, TX

10 Day IFR Training in my Cirrus SR-22 

Getting my IFR rating was I believe the most difficult learning experience of my life. I couldn’t have done it without Bills help. He is a super guy and I appreciate all his help in reaching my goal.

Thanks AFIT. 

Kenny Dutcher, President
Dutcher-Phipps Crane & Rigging
Monahans, TX 79756

David Maher
Maysville, Kentucky

10 Day IFR training In My Piper Cherokee Six

Tony,

Just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know what a fantastic time I had with Todd as my instructor.   Todd was professional and made sure that I understood every possible thing I needed to know.   We actually got to fly around 7 hours in actual IMC with several approaches to within 100-200′ of minimums.   WOW!!!  That experience was invaluable and I passed my check ride. 

Just recently I took my family from KY to FL for my kids fall break from school.   Guess what?  I filed IFR and went.  Without my instrument rating we would have been stuck for days in Florida because of the low ceilings we had at our fuel stops and enroute.   We climbed on top and enjoyed the sun and dodged a small thunderstorm.    

This rating and experience in the “soup” with Todd made me a more confident and more proficient Pilot that has allowed me to travel more safely with my family and friends.   Now I find myself filing IFR just for the heck of it just because I enjoy it.  

Thanks

David Maher
Maysville, Kentucky

Stephen Lobo
Wilton, Connecticut

My 14 Day Private Pilot Training Course

Tony,

Thank you for your mail. And for want of more powerful words, “THANK YOU” for helping make a childhood dream come true. 

As I’ll be the first to admit I was anything but an ideal candidate. In addition to having mild dyslexia, I had an issue with depth perception. Both of these make regular tasks involved with flying difficult. And Eric found these on Day 1. The easiest thing for Eric to do, would be to tell me that I wasn’t destined to be a pilot and to move on. But he did not. Instead after figuring out the issues, he worked with me long and hard, sometimes as long as 15 hour days, till we were able to overcome the challenges and I became adequate. And then good. Not just good enough to pass the FAA test. But good enough to be a safe pilot.

Working with Eric was an absolute privilege. His level of motivation was unbelievable and inspirational. I’ve been through several teachers, people from whom I have learnt. And Eric finds a place at the very top. Among those whose teaching has and will continue to have an impact on my Life. And that goes beyond flying.

It was a pleasure to have worked with AFIT, you and with Eric. You’ve delivered on all of your promises, in-spite of my shortcomings.

Please feel free to use me as a reference to any potential client. That’s the very least I can do, after what you’ve have done for me. :-)

Once again, Thank You. And all the very Best. 

Warm regards,

Stephen Lobo
Wilton, Connecticut

Don St. Clair
Orangevale, California

Hi Tony, 

Three months ago I decided to become a private pilot. Last week, I completed the mission.

There’s little doubt I would have done so without support from you and your team at AFIT. In particular having Eric as my instructor, in the high density altitudes of Southern Utah, made my 14-day training both enjoyable and invaluable.

I’m looking forward to experiencing the freedom afforded by my new certificate, and the challenge of earning my instrument rating.

Thank you for an awesome experience!

Don St. Clair
Orangevale, California

Peyman Ardestani
Los Angeles, California

10 Day IFR Training In My C182 with G1000

Hello Tony,

Thank you. I couldn’t have done it without the guidance and support that Gil provided me. Gil was great, and a lot of fun, to work with. As you know, I was rather apprehensive about learning IFR in 10 days when it took me over 3 years to obtain my Private, but with Gil’s expertise I was able to accomplish my goal. I really enjoyed that we jumped right into IFR training learning every aspect as opposed to spending weeks on end on a single topic. Gil was very patient with me and took the time to strengthen my weak points. Overall, I had a very enjoyable 10 days with Gil as we had a lot of fun learning and flying. I’d recommend this course to anyone seeking an IFR rating.

Cheers and thanks again.   

Peyman Ardestani
Los Angeles, California

Tod Opdyke
San Francisco, Ca.

 14 Day PPL Training in My Commander 114. Thank you

Greetings Tony,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and my flight instructor that provided me with the professional flight training to take me from a beginning student pilot to a certified private pilot.

As you know Tony, I flew commercially to Texas and purchased a high performance complex aircraft. My AFIT instructor met me there and we started my flight training in that aircraft.  Within a week I soloed. 

When I initially inquired about your company and this total immersion flight training, you explained the process and it sounded convincing and just what I was looking for. However, I was still a bit skeptical. I was unconvinced how I could learn to fly and be a competent private pilot in 14 days. Well, that is because your program doesn’t shortcut any training, it is a total immersion of everything required and beyond. The training is so professional and so thorough, I could not help but to succeed. 

Tony, you were truly committed to see me through this and you did.

For all of those skeptics out there of which I was one, if any of you are considering accelerated flight training, do not hesitate to go with AFIT!

I will not forget how much you assisted me with getting this flight training completed successfully.

Best Regards,

Tod Opdyke
San Francisco, Ca.

Andrew Green
Saint Helena, Caifornia

My 14 Day Private Pilot Training

Todd,

When I look back at the whole experience from the perspective of a new day I have only positive thoughts. Two weeks ago today I had never even sat in the left seat of an aircraft let alone flown one. I have learned a tremendous amount about piloting and aviation in this really very short time, both knowledge and skills. That I was even ready to attempt a check ride at the FAA minimum hours is really a testament to your skill and tenacity as a flight instructor and I thank you greatly for that. You employed just the right amount of demonstration and encouragement along with a demand for solid fundamentals of flight from me. Lesser instructors would not have arrived at day 14 with me feeling as prepared as I did.

Thank you for the time and effort you put in to making me a pilot. I really appreciate it.

Regards

Andrew Green
Saint Helena, Caifornia

Jeff Coghlin
Keene, California

My 14 Day Private Plot Training 

Hi Tony,

As you know, In December of 2015 I worked with John at KVNY on my Private Pilot certificate.  John was a great instructor, he was very focused and made sure that I would be a safe pilot anytime I was acting as PIC and not just for the check ride.  Despite dealing with weather John was able to figure out how to make sure that I got all of the training I needed to qualify to take the practical test on time.  John is full of  knowledge and was very eager to pass it on to his students.  The entire experience was great, I learned so much and had a great time.  To top it off a week after I passed my check ride I was getting checked  out at my local flying club to fly their airplanes, after landing the instructor said that he was very pleased with the flight and that I must have had a great instructorť because I really knew my stuff.   That one comment is very telling of how good of an instructor John is.

Thanks for everything.

Jeff Coghlin
Keene, California

Tim Braley
Lake Zurich, Illinois

9 Day IFR Training Cessna 172 with G1000

Hi Tony, 

The training that I received was great. Gil has a wonderful disposition toward training and flying. The IFR training went very smooth, and the way Gil presented the information retention was very easy. 

When I have the opportunity I will highly recommend AFIT to others for their flying needs. 

Thank you again for my success. 

Greg Marchese
Denver, Colorado

9 Day PPL Finish-Up Course in C172 with G1000 

I could not be more pleased with the team at AFIT, especially Tony and Gil and their dedication to helping me finish my private pilot training.  I had contacted Tony a year prior but due to schedules decided to start training at my home airport in Denver.  I made good progress but was unable to finish so I reached out again and asked Tony if AFIT would help me complete my training.  I met Gil in Van Nuys and dove straight into review and training completion and was finished in 9 days.  The instruction, encouragement and environment were all stellar and now I’m a proud holder of a private pilot certificate.

Training in Southern California had added benefits as well.  The complicated airspace and literally dozens of airports allowed me to work on my ATC communications skills and overall situational awareness along with the fundamental skills needed to complete my training.  I feel like those 9 days not only helped me achieve my PPL goal but they truly made me a much better and more aware pilot.  Gil’s knowledge of the area, his tips and tricks and overall friendly demeanor made the training truly enjoyable.  He and I really enjoyed our time together and I’m very glad I found the AFIT team.

All the best

Cody Hawkins
Ponca City, Oklahoma

10 Day IFR Training in 9 days

Well Tony, John did it again!  What a great job he did on my instrument instruction. John hadn’t slipped any from two years ago when he did my private pilot instruction.  John still would not waste what a lot of people would consider free time (lunch & rides in the truck on the way to & from the airport).  He was always teaching.

On the first day, I told John that if I progressed on or ahead of schedule, I would really like to spend a day going to Colorado or New Mexico to do some mountain flying.  I knew that with John living near the mountains of Utah, he had the experience to help me on my first trip to the mountains in an airplane.  John said that mountain flying is not something that he normally does while doing instrument instruction & especially not in December. However John knew that this was a real interest to me, so on the morning of my fifth day we checked the weather, dug out the oxygen mask & headed off to Colorado.  After eating lunch in Salida, CO we headed off to Angle Fire, NM & ended up back in Oklahoma late that evening.  John went above & beyond doing that for me, giving me the confidence to head back to the mountains a month later for a ski trip.

My training was scheduled for a 10 day instruction course, but on the morning of the ninth day I took my check ride and  passed a full day ahead of schedule, without any problem. Finishing my check ride right before lunch, John could have ate & been done with me, he had completed the job he had come to do, surprisingly we headed back to the airplane & he introduced me to “Chandelles”, just in case I ever find myself boxed in, up in the mountains.  Then he proceeded to show me some other techniques, just to help me become a better pilot.

It was because of John’s wealth of knowledge, his good organization skills & his great use of time that made John the easy choice when it was time to do my instrument training.

Thanks

William D. Long MD
Alexandria, Louisiana

7 Day PPL Finish-Up Course

Tony,

John was excellent.  Tuned me up fast and had me ready in no time for the check ride.  Very pleasant to be around and very knowledgeable. Check ride was really no big deal and went really well. Plane was nice and the location was beautiful and learned a lot about flying in the mountains.  I will certainly use AFIT and John for my instrument ticket soon. 

I think you have a great operation that I would highly recommend to anyone.  Exclusive access to a plane is a big attraction — and I think most (AFIT students in particular) are willing, to pay for that.  That is really the second thing of 2 required to make it work — access to an excellent CFI and access to the plane.

Tony, thank you for your help with my private pilot training and setting me up to ace the Check ride.  John really was fantastic and I look forward to working with both of you in the future with my continued flying and learning.

Thank you

Daniel Coury II
Arizona, California

7 Day IFR Training Program / Cessna Corvalis TT with G1000

Tony, 

The Accelerated Instrument Training was excellent.  Putting aside the time and giving 100% focus is irreplaceable for thoroughly understanding and retaining the knowledge.  Bill was not only extremely knowledgeable, but enjoyable to train with.  We worked straight through lunches using flash cards.  I am happy to say that when the day arrived for my test, I was fully confident that I would pass.  It went perfect!   

Thank you again.  I would recommend your program to anyone.

Daniel Coury II
President & COO
Mesa Cold Storage
Arizona | New Mexico | California 

Dave Winters
Miranda, California

IFR Refresher / Safety Course in my Piper Twin Comanche PA-30

My goal in contacting AFIT was to become proficient and confident while flying instruments.   I had recently upgraded my panel. I found that there was a lot to learn about the new boxes.  I managed to get the buttonology down fairly well but realized that putting all together into a plan for safely flying in the system would take some help.  I got my instrument ticket back in 1995. I never used it as my flying strategy was daytime VFR, my home base has neither RWY lights or approaches but there have been many times I wished that I had the confidence and recent experience to use my Instrument ticket.   

When I added the new panel I wanted to make better use of its capability.  In my neck of the woods there is no CFII that has experience with the PA 30 or equipment that I have.  I had tried for about a year to find a CFII that was well versed with my set up.  I connected with AFIT and Tony introduced me to Joe.  Joe put me through the paces and had me working through the approaches in and around Lincoln Ca. We made progress with each approach and Joe showed me how to efficiently stay ahead of the airplane. 

It was a pleasure to get to know Joe and his experience made the learning process productive and enjoyable.  It was a great experience I learned a lot and at the end of the third day I filed IFR and was able to fly home in IFR conditions.

I would recommend AFIT to anyone looking for the best in flight training.

Dave Winters
Miranda, California

Travis Rilat
Forney, TX 75126

8 Day Instrument Training In MY Columbia 350 / G1000

Tony

 I would like to think you for taking me in with short notice to finish up my Instrument rating.  I fly around Texas for work and all over the country with my family for leisure.  To keep myself, family and employees that travel with me safe I was in need of proper training to obtain an instrument rating. 

As you are aware I had previously had a few lessons with my local flight instructor.  Due to my busy life and work schedule it was difficult to attend one hour sessions with my local instructor and keep on task.  When I hooked up with Bill I had some hood time but had not taken my written exam.  Bill was able to mix in time to help me get the written exam as well as work on the oral portion all while flying for a few hours each day.  He was very patient and has a vast array of knowledge with the G1000 being a seasoned pilot and instructor.  We were able to get the written exam knocked out as well as prep for my check ride all in an amazing 8 days.  Having Bill’s attention all day each day made it much easier for me to concentrate and retain the mass amount of knowledge necessary to achieve the instrument rating. 

Upon completion of my check ride the examiner let me know that he was very impressed with my knowledge and flying skills and noted that I must have had an excellent instructor.  Hats off to Bill and AFIT.   I would strongly recommend and encourage any pilot to pursue their ratings using AFIT.

Sincerely 

Travis Rilat
Forney, TX 75126

Craig Suthers
Seattle, Washington / Townsville, Australia

Tony,

My  experience with AFIT was amazing. From my first email enquiring about doing training, I got a call from Tony within the hour. Within a day we had a time organized and I was booked in for training within the month.

My training in Hurricane, Utah was a great training venue. I hadn’t flown for 8 months and had booked 7 days to get me to completion. What I learned on day 1 was I still had a lot to learn. After day 2 I was seriously thinking about quitting and going home. We had just done a lot of time doing cross wind landings. It felt like we did it for 10 hours and at the end I have never been so mentally and physically exhausted. On day 3, I got up and had a hard think about what I wanted to achieve and realized that the day before showed me the level of physical and mental preparation that I might need one day if I got into a difficult position. That really helped me focus on the rest of the week. Eric was really patient. I had some struggles with steep turns and we must have done 100 steep turn on the day before my check ride. Like so many other testimonials the check ride seemed pretty simple in comparison to Eric’s training level. What an amazing feeling it is to have put in so much hard work physically and mentally and having achieved my goal. 

I highly recommend both AFIT and Eric. I have been given great feedback since I received my PPL about my focus on safe flying, my approach to emergency procedures and my radio work in the pattern, which I give credit to my AFIT training. 

Thank you!

DR. Gema Goeyardi, MM, CAT®, CSA®, CTA, CWM, CFTe
Indonesia, Singapore & Los Angeles

24 Days > Private Pilot and Instrument Pilot!

Several years ago I found that USA flight training is very fast and efficient in order to create a new pilot from the scratch. However, it was more likely a myth than reality, until today, I personally proved  AFIT could make it happen and I am the first Indonesian Pilot who accomplished an FAA Private Pilot and Instrument Rating in just 24 Days straight. It is not an easy task. It required hard work and pure motivation to reach my goals and especially professional support from AFIT as the flight training provider.

I came for 14 Days private pilot program and 10 Days Instrument rating course in straight line, back to back. Tony provided all accurate information about the proper way to pass all check rides. He gave me the best flight instructor ever, Capt. John my CFII who has more than 15,000 flight time as a pilot and instructor. AFIT required a high standard of preparation including a minimum of 80% for both written exams. I had 93% on my Private Pilot and 83% on Instrument Rating Written Exam. AFIT prepared me to perform in this program, and provided a dedicated well maintained airplane to be used on a 1 on 1 basis 8 hours a day. It was an amazing experience and I passed both program in just 24 days!

How AFIT made this all possible. Tony, the AFIT CEO, was fully committed to my program by monitoring my progress day by day with my CFII. I flew more than 5 hours a day and have a minimum 2 hours ground instruction from Monday to Sunday. Start from 9 am to 6 pm.  John is the most consistent instructor I have ever met. He recognized all my weakness’s and give excellent and detailed corrections for every stage of training.

Private Pilot Stage. From the first day of Private Pilot program my instructor said, I will teach you to be the finest Instrument Pilot. John is very demanding instructor with 100% accuracy. The second day of PPL Program John give me an instrument pilot flying skill standard and asked me to fly beyond the private pilot standard. I was stressed, but it worked like a magic. I learned both private pilot maneuver and instrument flying skill at the same time! Only a senior instructor could do this, both Tony and John are a genius man. Based on this skilled training, I had a perfect score in Private Pilot check ride and passed with merit. My DPE was very pleased with the quality of my flying and said John has created you to be a safe VFR pilot.

Instrument Rating Stage. This is the hardest training stage in professional pilot school program; I spent 10 hours a day to study for written and oral exam. I scored 83% on my written exam and started the 10 days Instrument rating program just 5 days after my private pilot check ride. John pushed me 2 times harder than private pilot stage. He said: “Instrument flying is a perfect business, once you make an error, you will lose your life”. Also, he gave the best tips ever, “Fly in your mind before you fly the aircraft”. We spent 10 hours’ training every day and this time John uses an ATP standard to train me. It was the most difficult day of my life to fly in busy airport like Van Nuys with analog C172N and real IMC weather condition. AFIT knows what’s best for their students and they gave me never ending mental support. Tony supported me by texts and phone calls until the check ride day.

The final result was a record. I passed my oral exam in just 90 minutes! And had another perfect score in check ride. My DPE said, you did very well in your 10 days of training!

What I have with AFIT is an incredible flight training story and so proud to be the AFIT member. It is not just flight training but hard work from me, John, and Tony. We trust each other and I showed my responsibility by studying hard several hours a day.  I’m really happy to have passed the oral exam in just 90 minutes (The minimum time of FAA standard) and received a compliment from my DPE.

AFIT is my new family, and John is my father in aviation! Trust your education to AFIT, you will not regret it!  I received what I paid for. Not just a pass, but a great life experience!

DR. Gema Goeyardi,MM,CAT®,CSA®,CTA,CWM,CFTe

President & Founder PT Astronacci International

Garrick Freitas
Visalia, California

10 Day IFR Training Bonanza G36 / G1000

Tony and Joe,

Thank you guys both for putting together a great program . It was nice to have such a well structured curriculum. From the syllabus I received weeks in advance to the unlimited ground training offered throughout the entire course. It made things a lot easier for me to have all the material available and know exactly what would be accomplished each day prior to beginning. Joe’s wealth of knowledge and patience made the training seem effortless.

I highly recommend your program to anyone wanting to pursue an instrument rating.

 Thanks again

David Friedel
Springfield, Virginia

10 Day Instrument Training Cessna 172 

Hi Tony – 

“AFIT is a first-rate outfit.  They deliver exactly what they promise with no gimmicks or gotchas.  The equipment was exactly as advertised, and in perfect condition.  I was fortunate to fly with Gil R. – you won’t find a more experienced, qualified, and patient flight instructor. I also found every one of my interactions with Tony to be professional and thoroughly satisfying.  I look forward to using my single-engine instrument rating when I get back home. 

I recommend this organization without hesitation. “

DR.Gema Goeyardi, MM, CAT®, CFTe, CWM, CSA, CTA
Indonesia, Singapore & Los Angeles

14 Day Private Pilot Training. AFIT Makes MY Dream Come True

Dear Tony,

I want to say a million thank you to AFIT especially you as the CEO. 

Finest Hospitality In the World. I have been looking for more than 50 flying schools since 2004 around the USA and many of accelerated program offers  similar course with very cheap price. But, finally I trusted my future to AFIT since Tony served me with heart not only business. He replied my email and phone at the same day while the others replied after 3-4 days. He explained all aspects, tricks, and gimmicks of other flying school who offer a less expensive course compared to AFIT. The best part is, Tony explained everything about student VISA and guide me step by step for the TSA process. This is a priceless services for foreigner who will risk everything to fly more than 9,000 miles for a flying school. AFIT is definitely RELIABLE and TRUSTWORTHY!

Priceless 3P. With AFIT I had 3 P – Privilege Training, Private Airplane, Personal Instructor! I can fly with my flying club uniform, guided by super senior Certified Flight Instrument Instructor, trained in super Cessna 172N with amazing maintenance. I really enjoyed the fully dedicated one on one learning more than 8 hours a day and I can ask the instructor to polish my weakness to be the best pilot ever! I have my FREEDOM in flight training.  

World Class Instructor. I would have never passed my 14 day private pilot check ride without Mr. John my CFII. He treated me like his Son, 100% of care and focus. He did not teach me land the aircraft, but land it smooth and safely! John gave me the skills to deal with bad weather, heavy traffic in Van Nuys, and how to be a high quality Pilot. He taught me good pilot attitude in the air with ATC and other pilots. He also trained me to have good cockpit management and it was confirmed by the FAA Examiner who said “You have perfect cockpit management”. The best part is I could successfully handle 17 knots crosswind landing while turbulent at Van Nuys during my first flight as Private Pilot while other aircraft go around!  I know John wants me to be the best Pilot, EVER! You will be always my father in aviation Capt. John

Great Cost Transparency. AFIT flight training costs slightly above the other flying school in USA but, it is transparent and no other dark fees. AFIT gave me the extra miles and it is worth it to pay a little more than other schools with great output like this. It is just like photography, A great quality product demands a higher price, and AFIT has delivered their promise!

I will definitely stay with AFIT until my CFII rating. I fly for fun, and I will love to work together with AFIT as partner in my country!

Keep up your great work

Marcus C. Na
Rapid City, South Dakota

PPL Finish-Up Course – 2 Days Ahead of Schedule

I would like to say that john is an amazing instructor. He has patience and insurmountable amount of experience. The one day out of my seven days of flying with John, that really stood out for me was when John and I did all my cross country and nearly all my solo requirements in one day. John really challenged me to go beyond my requirements and has made me a much more competent and safe pilot. Had I the time and money I would have stayed to finish out my instrument and commercial as fast as time would permit. John, Tony, and the good people at Sphere One made my experience very memorable.

Thanks a lot everyone.

Frederick S. “Rick” Spencer Law Firm
Mountain Home, AR 72653

My IFR Training – Cessna 182T Garmin 500 / GNS750 / GNS 430 / 

Hi Tony: 

Thank you AFIT for your congratulations. Moreover, thank you for obviously insisting on retaining excellent instructors for your company. My experience with your instructor, Bill Eldredge, was great. That man has every right to be very proud of his flight career of over 15,000 hours and his instruction of many hundreds of successful students over the years.  Also Bill could easily be proud of his service as a drill instructor in the military and a decorated soldier honorably serving his country dodging bullets during the Vietnam war.  Yet you would still have to look long and hard to find a more patient, even-tempered and competent CFII instructor with as many FAA certifications as Bill. I know I have gained a friend for life. Indeed, Bill made it very clear during my instruction that if ever I had questions anytime in the future, I should feel free to call him as he would be there for me. Simply put, Bill’s goal as an instructor was not just to help me get my instrument rating and check ride accomplished.

More important to Bill was to be a friend who would prepare and develop in me safe pilot skills involving a “memorized flow” checklists for a safe flight from takeoff to landing. And Bill not only trained me for SIAP’s.  He also prepared me for any IMC conditions including being accidentally caught in an embedded thunderstorm or other emergency. Bill’s “Five P’s” repeated often last week was “Proper Practice Prevents Poor Performance”.

After training in my plane for many days and constant drilling over the important things necessary to have good stick and rudder skills and knowledge, I now feel prepared for almost anything. Actually, Bill’s Five P’s fits the FAA’s regulation to be “IFR Current”. One may think that he or she can’t afford this training. Well, for my money, the old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure” perfectly fits here. At least it fits if you wish to be a safe and competent pilot after your instrument rating is obtained.

So again, thank you for Bill and his superior training.  It was worth every penny spent.”  

Andy Richardson
Dallas, Texas

IFR REFRESHER / SAFETY COURSE / CESSNA T182T – G1000

Tony,

Finished up my BFR and IPC with Bill today.  He was terrific.  Bill was patient, relaxed, thorough, and extremely knowledgeable.  He has the perfect demeanor for flight instruction and I will definitely be reaching out again to fly with Bill. I also had a great time.

Thanks again for setting me up with him.

Best regards,

Andy Richardson

Stu Miller
Reedsville, PA  17084

IFR Refresher / Safety Course

Tony,

I just finished my flying with John and it was FANTASTIC. He is an incredible instructor and a fascinating person.  Over the years I have flown with many different flight instructors and I can honestly state that I think he was the best. He has a calm, yet reassuring demeanor and never once was there any yelling or alarm. I truly appreciate him flying all the way out to the East coast to work with me. I hope to get out to California sometime soon and plan to look him up and even fly around the LA area (which sounds awfully intimidating

I look forward to using AFIT again in the future.

Stu Miller

Trevor Dalbey
Fountain Valley, California

14 Day Private Pilot Training

Thank you Tony! It was a great experience.

Where to begin? Working with Gil was a whirlwind of an experience! I talked with him a few times on the phone before I met him to start the 14 day Private Pilot Course and once it began, there was never a chance to look back! We started flying on day one and kept it up. Every day was learning something new to prepare me for the FAA check ride. After learning the different flight maneuvers, takeoffs, and landings it was a matter of honing these new skills for the check ride. By the time the check ride came around, Gil had me well prepared for both the oral portion and practical portion of the exam. I passed both on my first attempt and am proud to say I am a certified private pilot. 

This would not have been possible without the help of Tony and Gil at AFIT. Communicating with Tony was a breeze, as he was very prompt with his emails and phone calls. Gil is a fantastic instructor. He knows the minute details of flying and what the FAA is looking for from student pilots and how to bring that about from whomever he is instructing.

I look forward to becoming a better pilot and visiting AFIT again to earn my instrument rating one day soon.

Thanks, Gil and Tony!

Trevor Dalbey

Christina Mckoane
La Jolla, California

MY PPL Finish-Up Course

Hi Tony,

John was such a great instructor. He knew what I needed to work on and quickly helped me improve those areas. I am so glad I went with the finish up PPL course. I was hesitant I wouldn’t be able to get checkride ready in time, but John helped me get to exactly where I needed to be come checkride day. Thank you so much AFIT and John for all of your help!  

Best,
Christina Mckoane
La Jolla, California

Harlie Stone
Maui Hawaii

14-Day Private Pilot Training Course

Tony,

Today I accomplished a life-long goal that will help me through the rest of my life. I landed in Van Nuys two weeks ago at 5:00 AM not knowing what to expect. I was unfamiliar with the area’s environment, especially the heat, coming from the island of Maui. I met with my instructor, Gil, three hours after I landed. Luckily for me, he was the coolest “old guy” I have ever met! I felt like I was with one of my friends the whole time, but above all, Gil was an amazing pilot. With Gil’s piloting skills and my passionate desire to learn about flying and everything that comes along with it, I was ready to start flying! What most people don’t know is this process comes with a lot of hard work and studying, but if one stays dedicated and listens to their instructor, they can pass that darn check ride.

I am now a private pilot and I could not be happier with the experience I had with AFIT! Thank you to Gil and Tony for all you’ve done for me!

Aloha,

Harlie Stone
Maui Hawaii

Nick Thompson
Hobbs, New Mexico

9 Day PPL Finish-Up Course

Thanks for everything!! Hope to see you again.

Tony & John, 

I wanted to thank you for everything.  Getting started with AFIT was easy, straight forward, and every detail was explained up front (no hidden strings).  That’s something I appreciate. I started training almost a year ago with a couple different instructors.  Between my busy schedule, the weather, and my instructors schedule I could not find the time to train.  At that time I was averaging 3 hours a month.  That’s when I found AFIT and John came to town.  I cleared 8 days for nothing but training and scheduled the check ride for the 9th day.  By the final day, John had me more than prepared for the Final and I passed with flying colors.  If your struggling to find the time and dragging it out like I was, give these guys a call.  

Thanks again for everything, 

Nick Thompson
Hobbs, New Mexico

Ben Arnold
Bronx, New York

Private Pilot Training, Cessna 172 with G1000

Tony, 

My experience with John was great. He is immensely knowledgeable in all areas of flight and is an excellent instructor. Although the intense training can be stressful at times, John was able to make it fun through his constant British humor. He was genuinely invested in my success on the check ride and shared in my joy when I passed.

I hope to work with John and AFIT in the future.  Thank you!

Ben Arnold
Bronx, New York

Karie Parker Davidson Esq.
New York / Camarillo, California

Private Pilot Finish-Up Course 

Tony,

Thank you for getting me over the finish line in my training.  Rachel was an “Excellent Instructor” – we got along beautifully. Dan my examiner was amiable and very good examiner. It’s not often one can say they enjoyed the test taking experience but this is one such time. Next up will be my instrument rating…perhaps after a few months of flying. 

Best,

Karie Parker Davidson Esq.
New York, New York / Camarillo, California

Bob Mayer
San Francisco, California

10 Day IFR Training in my Lancair Columbia 400 /  G1000

Tony, I wanted to thank you for providing Bill  as my IFR flight instructor and let you know how happy I was with his training.  He was a terrific teacher and a pleasure to work with.

I was so happy to finally pass my IFR check ride.  That is one of the most difficult things I have ever done.  I couldn’t have done it without Bill’s continuous support and positive encouragement.  Getting through the process was a bit like drinking from a fire hose, particularly since I have only been flying for 2 years.  But I did it – and Bill was critical to my success.

Bill was very patient while helping me through the learning process.  He always had a positive attitude and encouraged me to believe I would pass – which in my head was not an obvious result.  During our training he carefully studied my performance and identified the areas where I was making mistakes.  A lot of the mistakes were very subtle – like placing too much pressure on the side step when working on some other aspect of an approach.  Then he made suggestions for ways to improve.  He is a top-notch pilot and instructor, with a wealth of experience from which to draw.  I owe Bill a debt of gratitude for helping me through to a successful result.  Thank you for providing him to me as my IFR instructor.

David Zakariaie
Los Angeles, California

My 10 Day IFR Training Course

The IFR course with John was great. We hit the ground running and on our first flight we grabbed an IFR clearance and began shooting approaches. After just 10 days I had a very thorough understanding of the IFR system and was able proficiently fly under IFR. A couple days after my training I put my new skills to the test flying and flew a XC in Solid IMC conditions from shortly after takeoff and flew an approach down to minimums. John gave me the skills to confidently fly IFR, and I wouldn’t recommend training any other way.

Jonathan Falwell Jr. Newly rated, Instrument Pilot
Lynchburg, Virginia

10 Day IFR Training Course

When I got my private, I drug it out over years to do so. I rarely ever had time to do so, and after a few weeks break, when I got back in the plane, the practical skills that I had learned in the last flight started to become less sharp, and in many cases, needed to be relearned. It was time consuming, and at sometimes, I wasn’t even looking forward to get in the plane. After I received my private, I decided that I was not going to take lessons like that again. At that point, I decided I was going to take my instrument via an intensive.

 

As the dates for my intensive drew nearer, I began to become weary. However, upon my first day with Bill, I knew it would be easy. Flying became exciting again, and my love for it grew as much as it did when I did my solo. Learning deeper about things lightly covered in my Private ground made me realize how little about flying I actually knew.

 

I learned more about flying in those ten days than most would in months. That is especially true, when the plane you are flying starts to fall apart mid-week. Normal instrument training came with emergency training, too. While I was learning about MOCA’s and OROCA’s, I was also learning what to do when your Garmin 430 goes up in smoke on run-up, and what to do when you have to fly without an electrical system, or a flat tire.

 

Flying with Bill at AFIT was a great experience. It was easier, cheaper, and more fun than any training I ever had previously, and I will suggest it to anyone looking to get their instrument rating, or whatever rating they are looking to receive next. My love for flying has grown again, and I am excited about this new rating, and the adventures lie ahead.

Dalton (Skip) D. Heath, M.D. Huntsville Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Huntsville, Texas 77340

10 Day IFR Training Course

Thank you so much for your delivery of a top notch product with IFR flight training.  You hooked me up with Bill in Georgetown for my course and the matchup could not have been better.  Bill was happy to work with my schedule so that I could do half of the training here in Huntsville and the other half in Georgetown where I would be more familiar with the airports I would encounter on the checkride.  I could not have asked for a better instructor than Bill for the intensive, fully immersive 10-day course.  I knew the ten days would be a fire drill (and it was) but Bill’s logical and progressive methods delivered the goods at a rate that I could easily manage.  

 Over the course of ten days Bill and I flew over forty hours, performed more than 40 instrument approaches, conquered his pile of pink cards, discussed plenty of politics and pop culture, and consumed too many delicious lunches to count.  All of it quite enjoyable.  I can’t thank you guys enough for the hard work you put into your craft. 

Please let Bill know how much I appreciate him.  The checkride was a big success and I am comfortable going out into the wild cloudy yonder whenever I need.

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