Markus Stamm can be added to our growing rank of new private pilots. Markus and his wife Laura came to us seeking ground and flight instruction with the goal of becoming helicopter pilots. They started their instruction with our own Laura and were soon on their way. Markus quickly progressed, finishing his written test and breezing through his solo time. With Laura off to a new job Chris and Markus polished up his maneuvers in preparation for the check ride. After a thorough oral and flight exam he became the proud carrier of a newly minted private certificate. Since then he has already completed high altitude training in Arizona, begun training for his instrument and transitioned to some left seat flying. He is truly a hard working and driven learner. Congratulations from the team at NAFA.
We have been busy at NAFA over the last couple months. We would like to congratulate Fred Bedard who is another one of our newly rated private helicopter pilots. Fred is already a rated airplane pilot and came to us seeking to add a helicopter rating to his license. He has worked hard over the last few years and we all admire his dedication. Above he is pictured with his primary instructor Anthony at our Marlboro Airport location. Congratulations Fred!
Chris Andrade recently completed his instrument instructor check ride. Chris has been working hard with us over the last few years in his quest to become a professional helicopter pilot. This is his fifth and final checkride so now he can breathe! He has spent the last few months diving back into instrument flying and teaching his instructor everything there is to know about VOR’s, NDB’s and the GPS. After a few more SFAR sign offs he will be on to the fun part, teaching others how to fly. Congratulations Chris from all of us at NAFA.
Congratulations to Jesiel DeOliveira, who recently obtained his private pilot certificate. Jesiel began his training with Laura and completed his written test before ever stepping foot in the helicopter. With that out of the way, Jesiel fast tracked his training. He was a constant fixture at the school flying nearly every day while still juggling his business and family. With Laura off to a new job, Jesiel finished up his training with Steven. With his newly minted certificate he soon took his wife and brother out for a joyride. I think they were pleased to see what he had been spending all his time on over the last few months. Now he is on to instrument and commercial training.
Jake started flying with North Andover Flight Academy back in October of 2011. He could only fly every other week but he was a natural right from the start. Video games are good for something after all.
Jake had to take a break from training for a while but when he came back it was as if he never stopped flying at all. Our first flight back we did an off airport landing at his house in Plaistow. Friends and family were over and everyone was excited to see the helicopter in the yard.
A couple months later and after his flight instructor hounded him to get his medical, study and take a few tests, he was ready. Seventeen year olds do not like to be told what to do especially when it requires them to open a book! After a check out with one of the other instructors it was time for him to solo the following week. Jake was excited to solo and wanted to have everyone there he has ever met. I explained that he would be a little nervous and it would be better that his mom and dad only be there with a few close friends.
The poor kid had to wait almost a month for good weather. In perfect fashion, Jake soloed like a champ. He was having so much fun he lost count. “Ask Him”
This is Jakes idea of a small group of friends.
Jake is the youngest student that has soloed a helicopter at North Andover Flight Academy. Way to go buddy!!
Congratulations to Matt Shawver for recently passing his IFR checkride. We all appreciate his hard work and enthusiasm. Now he can shed the foggles and look outside again! Looking forward to commercial and CFI training.
That’s right, ANOTHER student flies solo out of the nations best kept secret for helicopter training, Marlboro Airport! Congratulations Ralph LaVoie on your initial solo. Not only did he make it back safely after flying in the pattern for about 20 minutes by himself, he made it look easy! East coast helicopter flying at its best! He and his CFI Steven Reel polished up on the maneuvers during his time off from work and before you knew it, Ralph had the controls all to himself with no one by his side. Ralph is scheduled to take the FAA written exam next week and his Private pilot checkride will be soon to follow. In the mean time, if you want to watch a solid, student pilot fly, make your way down to the friendly little field in Central Mass and watch him go! Ralph manages a commercial real estate company in New England, however is looking for a career change into aviation and is well on his way! Nice work Mr. LaVoie!
(The official North Andover Flight Academy “job-well-done handshake” – Ralph left, Steven right)
Chris Andrade, former archaeologist, has now become NAFA’s 5th Helicopter Certified Flight Instructor to earn his license through our training program. Chris is a Massachusetts native, grew up on Cape Cod, graduate of UMASS Amherst, current resident of West Newbury and is familiar with most of New England. Chris is now focusing his attention towards his CFII rating. He has flown with multiple flight instructors throughout his training and is now able to pass that valuable knowledge and experience on to future helicopter pilots.
During his preparation, Chris was here every day, and even when he didn’t have anything scheduled, there were always flight instructors and fellow students ready to help him hone his skills. He practiced again and again, and by the time his checkride rolled around he was teaching like a pro. Our top priority here at NAFA is making your big day as smooth and easy as possible, and by the time we send you off for your test you will be prepared and confident. Feel free to stop in and ask Chris personally about his path to success; with less than 170 hrs in the Robinson R-22, he is proud to share his story with others, and so are we!
Congratulations to another one of our hard working students. Mike Williams recently passed his private pilot check-ride. Mike has trained with us over the last year working towards his goal of flying helicopters. Mike is a busy guy and is proof that with our flexible training schedule we can work with you to complete your goals. On top of planning his wedding and traveling for work Mike was still able to complete his training.
- Mike practicing confined area operations to one of our local helipads.
- Mike Williams flashes that post check-ride smile with Instructor’s Mike Holland and Chris McDonald.
Since completing his private license Mike has enjoyed renting our helicopters and sharing his passion for flying with his friends and family. Congratulations Mike, now it’s time to hit the books for your Instrument and Commercial.
Jeff came to us in January bound and determined to become a professional helicopter pilot. He was working as an engineer at the time, and his plan was to continue to work while flying in the mornings or when he could take time off. But after a few weeks of doubling up, he decided it was just too painful to transition from the helicopter into a cubicle every day, and he left his job to train with us full time. He threw all his energy into studying and training, and his hard work paid off. He was in here every day, studying when the weather was bad, and when the skies were clear he was flying – sometimes twice a day.