To: American Flyers Management March 10, 2012
Subject: Feedback on Instrument Rating Course
David Wayne Hooks Airport Houston, Texas
I have just completed American Flyers' Instrument Rating Course at your training center located at David Wayne Hooks Airport in Houston, Texas and would like to provide you with a few comments on that experience.
As one might expect at a flying school, the flying skills of the instructors were all first rate. Their knowledge of the material covered was solid. Over the course of my training I was with several different instructors all excellent aviators in their own right but each providing a new perspective on my flying which I felt helped me immensely in grasping the new material and putting it into practice. What I found most refreshing however was the interest the entire organization had in my personal success. From the Instructors to the Director of the Facility they were always eager to hear how my last flight faired and always ready with suggestions on how to improve my skills.
I found the flight simulators to be quite valuable – not only in developing the skills and knowledge required for IFR flying, but also in helping to keep training cost down. I am convinced that the use of these simulators easily reduced my training cost by half.
Aircraft maintenance was first rate with all documents well maintained and up to date (I even picked up some tips on how to improve the documentation requirements for my own plane). I was particularly impressed with the speed and thoroughness of the response from the mechanic when any issues with the planes were brought to his attention. Each time I was given feedback on the cause and action taken to correct them (if one didn't know any different one would swear they were his planes!).
The oral exam and check ride with the chief pilot were thorough. His approach made the event not just a check-ride but a learning experience in itself. His demeanor took the edge off the event and helped build my confidence in the new skills I had developed. At the same time he made sure I understood the limitations inherent in a new IFR pilot and provided guidance on how best to continue to build me IFR experience. To be sure, I wanted to do well on the Check-ride, but I found myself also not wanting to disappoint him.
As a retired senior executive for a global Chemical Company I understand full well the importance of having skilled, knowledgeable and experienced professionals in an organization. This is particularly critical for an organization dedicated to pilot training. Indeed, I would expect to find these attributes at any reputable flight training facility and American Flyers has them in full measure. But I believe what sets American Flyers apart is the attitude and pride they bring to flying instruction – a “flying culture” that creates a safe, positive learning environment, breeding success not only for it graduates but also for the school itself. Such a culture does not develop by accident – it must be lead and nurtured by the leadership at the facility.
Thank you for providing such an enjoyable and rewarding training experience. I am proud to wear the wings of American Flyer.
Arthur R. Colwell
I just wanted to take a minute and thank you and your staff for a really great time and a wonderful learning experience. I've never been in the military but I feel like I now know what it's like to complete basic training! The 10-day instrument rating was a tough assignment, but also one of the most rewarding goals I've ever accomplished. My whole American Flyers experience was first-rate from the beginning. Everyone I encountered there was professional and easy to work with. In particular, my Instructor, David Edgar, was not only a first-rate pilot and teacher, but also a joy to fly with. I'm convinced that I would not have completed the program in 10 days if it were not for him. I worked very hard and Dave worked just as hard to help me achieve my goal. I would also like to mention how much I enjoyed working with Patrick. While he was the guy that ‘Officially' checked my progress and signed off on my rating, he did so with an easygoing style and caring attitude that made this nervous student a lot more comfortable! While I would caution anyone on how much work it is to try and get an instrument rating in 10 days I would have no trouble at all in recommending American Flyers as the place to go to get it done. Thanks again for a great experience and a lot of fun!
Sincere and heartfelt thanks to you and your staff. When I first started looking at facilities to get my instrument rating, the choices were as numerous as the prices. From checking with fellow pilots, the reputation of American Flyers is second to none and I can see why.
From the first contact with you to finishing my instrument rating your staff has always been top notch. Today I can honestly say I not only have an instrument rating, but I have the knowledge and confidence to know in the unfortunate case that I do encounter a problem, I already have seen, heard or know how to handle it. As one of your other instructors told me, “We don't want to graduate people with an instrument ticket, we want to graduate instrument rated pilots”. This says a lot for your team.
Once again thank you, and should anyone wonder where to get flight training, American Flyers will be the first name I mention.
It is hard to believe that only 8 weeks ago I sat in your office talking about the American Flyers training program for the Instrument Rating, 6 weeks ago was my first lesson, and today I received the temporary airman certificate with instrument privileges. The American Flyers textbook, training methodology, instructional staff, support staff, facilities, and management are all top-notch. I would wholeheartedly recommend American Flyers without reservation. I look forward to training with your organization in the future.
Thanks, American Flyers.
I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the experience I had at the Fort Lauderdale , Florida , American Flyers Location. Of course, I could tell you how wonderful the entire support staff at that location were or I could tell you about the high level of readiness each and every aircraft was kept in. But I won't because that's not what this letter is about.
What's important is Jason Foreman.
Jason consistently went out of his way and effort to help me get thru my INSTRUMENT TRAINING. He was able to take ten years of VFR flying and all the bad habits I had and mold them into a proficient Instrument pilot in an extremely short order of time.
His professionalism and attention to detail have convinced me that American Flyers is where I should spend my time working on my commercial, CFI and CFII. Hopefully I will have Jason as my instructor for those courses as well.
I just thought you should know that Jason Foreman is a great instructor as well as your best salesman. He did what you Promised, he would do, while making me feel I received, a great value on my flight training funds.
Thanks again for your Fantastic STAFF!
Dear Mr. Lawrence,
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to you, your instructors, your equipment, actually your entire organization at Meacham International airport.
For many years as a VFR-pilot I dreamed of obtaining my IFR-license, so I could combine a business trip with the pleasure of flying. Well American Flyers has made that dream come true. During the 12 days of extensive training I was pleasantly surprised by the professionalism, the organization and knowledge of the entire American Flyers team. I have seldom seen that all the flight training (ground, simulator and flying) is on a one-to-one basis. It was an experience that should be set as an example for every flight school in the world.
As you know BEST, with headquarters in Belgium , has an office in Denver and we are just a few miles away from Centennial Airport , together with doing business all over the United States , it would speak for itself to fly myself from one place to the other. Thanks to American Flyers I will be able to gather the necessary experience in the air and when ready I would like to go for my commercial multi-engine.
One thing is for sure, when I make the step towards a commercial pilot license, it will be done at American Flyers. So I hope we can meet again next year.
This letter is written to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to you and the Staff of American Flyers of Morristown for the outstanding and most effective delivery of the Instrument Airplane Course. From the test preparation seminar to the program's unique balance of computer and aircraft training, you and your staff brought to my experience not only a mastery of subject matter and superior pedagogical techniques, but also a confident professionalism and good humor that was at once encouraging and demanding. To this end my thanks and congratulations on a job well done.
In retrospect it is not difficult to understand that American Flyers has been at the business of instrument instruction for a very long time. It is reflected at every turn. I would have no qualms at all in recommending to anyone interested in learning to fly informed and well, whether for a private license or for an instrument or additional rating, that they enroll with you at American Flyers of Morristown. You run an excellent program with an outstanding staff. I wish you every success in the future.
Air National Guardsman Aims High
Joe Pavela, Jr. recently completed is Instrument Rating in a beautiful red Cessna Cutlass which has been a part of his family since before he was born! Joe's dad is a long time pilot and couldn't be happier that his son possesses the passion as well. When he was around 10, his dad let him start flying the airplane. Soloing in his own airplane a few years later is a special memory for him. So was one of their favorite family trips was to Montana. They landed on a mountain strip and, geared up in their backpacks, they jumped right out of the airplane to hike. Joe's mom and younger sister love to be passengers.
Joe had a few days to finish up his Instrument Rating before heading off to Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona to obtain training for his intelligence job with the Air National Guard. He'll be heading back to Iraq in the fall, but come next spring, Joe plans to apply for a flying slot so he can live his dream of flying the F-16. Joe's job is to interface with the pilots so they have all of the information they need to make the mission. When he talks about his work, you can see he loves what he does. No matter where his flying career leads him, Joe plans to be a part of the Air National Guard, flying F-16s out of Madison, Wisconsin's 115th Fighter Wing.