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.
Congratulations to Chris Caswell for passing his commercial check ride. Chris has been with us from early on and has been dedicated to making his dreams of flight a reality. His hard work and preparation made our jobs easy. We all look forward to flying with him in the future. Nice job Chris.
This story is a bit overdue, but better late than never. I’ve been meaning to write about one of our students for some time now. This is about one of our students who came to the school with one goal in mind – get the ratings quickly with quality time. Some schools give this a fancy name – but we call it our job. This individual accomplished quite a few goals in a short amount of time. Private helicopter, Instrument Rating Airplane, Instrument Rating Helicopter, and R-44 endorsement within 4 months. All while working a full-time job. That’s motivation.
Kris Malm came to the school with about 80 hours in fixed wing aircraft with a private certificate. We had a plan for him to do his private in the Robinson R-22, then continue with his instrument ratings in our R-44 and Cessna 172. This would get him multiple ratings and time in the R-44. Kris quickly received his private helicopter, and continued on with his training, first in the 172, for about 10 hours, then another 20 in the R-44 and another 10 in the Cessna. Within a few months, Kris took his airplane instrument written (he wouldn’t have to take another written), and took his instrument rating checkride in the 172. After aceing that checkride, he took his helicopter add-on instrument checkride with Joe (3 days later). Each examiner was absolutely impressed with Kris’ skill and professionalism. In 40 hours Kris had instrument ratings in 2 categories, AND an R-44 checkout. When he finishes his CFI, he’ll have his 25 to teach in the R-44. All that for less than most people would pay to get one rating! Well done Kris and thanks for choosing our school.