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.
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)
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.
The weather was beautiful, with winds light enough that we could depart in multiple directions. We each chose a heading and set off, R22s to the north, south, east, and west, and the R44 out to Boston and a tour around the seacoast.
All of the flight instructors crammed just as much learning as we could into each half-hour flight, showing our students power requirements and aerodynamic effects in low hovers, high hovers, autorotations and everything in between. But the biggest excitement, as always, was when the students got to take the controls and fly for themselves.
It was a fantastic day for all of us. It was great to see the smiles on the faces of our guests (some of whom were here to visit on GE’s last flight day with us), and it was great to see everyone here working hard and doing such a great job, from our awesome ground crew (Alex, Jeff, and John), to Steven getting everyone ’schooled’ on the ground, and of course Anthony, Mike, Chris, Matt, and Laura in the helicopters. Events like this really help define us as a team and make me, for one, proud to be part of such a professional and positive group. Thanks GE for coming out to see us (stop by any time!) and thanks to all the guys here for your hard work and great attitudes!
Up in North Andover we laid out the welcome mat, or in our case, balloons, for an open house last Saturday. People who normally pass by our gate on Sutton Street took advantage of the occasion to drop by for helicopter rides, barbecue, and lots of questions and answers with our instructors. Our certified ground instructor Dotsie was here to meet some of her new students, including Mitch and Kevin, who will be joining us when our next ground school starts on September 10th. Some other interested folks stopped by with their questions about helicopters, jobs, and training with our FAA approved Part 141 syllabus.
We also had a visit from a few people who were celebrating birthdays. Anna and Nicole stopped by with their dad and he bought them each a helicopter lesson to celebrate Anna’s 21st birthday. And Walter’s buddy brought him in to redeem a voucher he had gotten online through our deal with Travelzoo. Walter spent a lot of time sitting next to pilots in his military days, but this time he got the controls and he did an awesome job and had a great time. Happy Birthday Walter and Anna!
We also got visited by a couple of families who just like to come down to the airport on weekends. In my time here I’ve met a lot of people who love to hang out at the Lawrence airport on a beautiful Saturday and watch the airplanes and helicopters fly. Now they had a chance to see what the helicopters look like from the inside and even take a ride!
We loved the chance to meet all the people who stopped by to see the school, from helicopter students to those who were just curious. And even though the open house is over, our door is still open every day – just stop in and say hi!
Those are not my words, but they accurately describe the anniversary flight which departed from our helicopter tour office at the Lawrence Airport.
When Shruti and Nitin were looking for the exciting evening, they decided that the evening in Boston was best started with a sunset OVER Boston – they chose the sunset helicopter tour over Boston.
To top off the Boston helicopter tour, they brought along one hell of a photographer (those are my words). The equipment Doug brought was incredible, and the pictures even more so.
Nice job guys and thanks for coming in for the Boston helicopter tour!
At North Andover Flight Academy we do much more than helicopter flight training. We are also the largest Boston helicopter tour operator. We have several Robinson helicopters available for public tours in and around the metropolitan Boston area including the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Seacoast area. With several FAA certified pilots on staff, we are avaialble for tours seven days a week! We have flown hundreds of tours in and around Boston in our Robinson R44 helicopters. We follow strict FAA guidelines which regulate the helicopter tour industry with random drug testing and recurrent training for all of our tour pilots.
View our Boston Helicopter Tour Video.
Our tours are the most economical helicopter tours in the Boston area and we can accomodate up to 3 people (with weight restrictions) for the same price as many tour operators charge for 1 person! We also operate at night for the ultimate “Boston City Lights” tour in the New England area! There’s nothing more exciting than viewing the lights of Boston from over 500 feet in the air! Tours begin at $215 for up to 3 people, and may be scheduled by calling 978-689-7600. We fly Boston helicopter tours all year round!
Call us to schedule your helicopter tour anytime at 978-689-7600.