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Technologically Advanced Training
One of the newest and most exciting things happening in General Aviation is the conception of modern technology into our cockpits. I currently offer instruction in the Garmin G1000 equiped aircraft. This fully integrated avionics system is designed to fit a broad range of aircraft models. It‘s an all-glass flight-deck that presents flight instrumentation, location, navigation, communication, and identification data on large-format, high-resolution displays. The digital data presentation on the G1000 puts all flight-critical information literally at the pilot’s fingertips.

Familiarization with the G1000 starts on the ground with several lessons on systems and functionality. This system has many options that will literally drive you crazy if you don’t take the time to learn the layout. Once you are comfortable “cursoring” through the information pages we will begin the flight training. For VFR flying it is important not to get hooked on the “gee whiz” features that this technology provides. Situational awareness and looking outside the airplane still ranks high with or without the convenience of new technology.




Complex Endorsements

Informally, a complex endorsement is required to be Pilot In Command (PIC) in any aircraft with retractable landing gear, a constant speed propeller, and flaps. You'll need a complex endorsement to get the Commercial Pilot Certificate, and to fly anything more complex than the typical Cessna 172 or Piper Cherokee. Complex endorsements are usually relatively easy to get, but insurance requirement typically dictate that you must have at least ten hours dual with an instructor before being allowed to fly a complex aircraft solo.

Tailwheel Endorsements
Even if you never fly anything other than a Cessna 172 or a Piper Cherokee, a tailwheel endorsement is both a lot of fun and a great way to make even "normal" tricycle gear landings better and you learn what those rudder pedals are really for! This endorsement opens up a whole new field of airplanes, including the older but especially aerobatics types, which are almost always conventional tailwheelers. The typical tailwheel endorsement course takes about 10 hours.

Instrument Proficiency Checks
Instrument rated pilots are required to stay current by the FAA. To fly as pilot in command under IFR or in weather conditions less than the minimums prescribed for VFR the pilot must have met the recent flight experience spelled out in FAR 61.57c.  Are you concerned that you're not as proficient as you used to be on instruments or that you might have developed bad habits? Do you have the chance to fly often in instrument conditions? If not, it may be time for an IPC.

Flight Reviews
Every pilot is required by the FAA to receive a minimum of one hour of ground instruction and one hour of flight instruction every 24 months and receive an endorsement in order to stay current. However the FAA doesn’t describe in detail the elements of a BFR that I am required to cover as a flight instructor. Therefore, my philosophy is to offer a little bit of instruction that you can use to your benefit. If there is an area you may be a little weak in we can cover that. Need to learn about a new radio? How about getting started on that tail-wheel endorsement? We can incorporate alternative training into your flight review so that you get “more bang for your buck”.

My goal is to be your co-pilot for life, and to prove it I have a special offer for my primary students. If you complete a certificate or rating with me as your instructor I will offer one hour of ground and one hour of flight instruction for free every two years. Of course you must provide the airplane and be somewhat reasonable with scheduling.