CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI
In over 4yrs of flight training, from my private pilot certification to instrument now to commercial, I have had over 10 flight instructors (mainly due to instructors moving on in their career). Chase is by far the best and easiest to learn from. I haven’t had a lesson yet where I haven’t felt more confident about my abilities and what I need to do to be a better pilot and the confidence that I can attain those goals. Beyond being incredibly knowledgeable about how to fly at many levels, Chase’s knowledge about the rules and regulations and the “spirit” behind them makes it easier to understand, and integrate. Chase is not only a very capable, knowledgeable pilot, he is the best teacher I have had to date. Chase not only teaches flight and knowledge, but builds confidence as well. While I would never say that being or learning how to be a pilot is easy, in perspective, learning has never been as easy and as fun as it has been with Chase.
I had the ambitious goal of completing my commercial rating in the San Diego area, a place where I had never flown. I got a call from Chase who gave me a very logical timeline about how to accomplish my goal and put me at ease about how I could accomplish my goal. Upon reaching San Diego, Chase very methodically helped me understand the airspace and practice areas, identified areas where I needed to practice for both my oral exam and practical checkrides and helped me fine tune my weak areas. I was able to accomplish the goal we set of getting my commercial certificate in under a month. During my time, I appreciated Chase’s willingness to keep to my timeline, over-prepare me as much as possible so that my checkride went as well as possible. Despite my short timeline, Chase’s schedule flexibility was excellent and his demeanor was cool, calm, casual and fun. It’s clear he’s passionate about getting more people in the air and I look forward to flying with him again soon.
My flying endeavors started about 10 years ago and have used 5 different CFII’s over the years with finally completing my IFR rating. I’ll say this, out of every trainer I’ve used, Chase has been the most proficient on multiple levels. Sure any pilot who’s flown for a long time can be knowledgeable, but that doesn’t mean they know how to convey it or teach it. Also many CFII’s only focus on “going flying” and there’s so much more that goes into flying from rules, regulations and nuances. This is where Chase really shines. His knowledge is borderline like reading through the FAR/AIM but better. He can describe and explain what everything means way beyond just reading it from a book. I have zero hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking to learn more or take their first flight behind the yoke.
I just earned my Instrument Rating, my proudest achievement yet as a pilot. Chase approaches each lesson with a mindset to make sure you advance in knowledge, skill, and experience with every flight. Training for your Instrument Rating is hard work (anything worth achieving is supposed to be hard, right?) but Chase makes sure you are still having fun! Chase is more than just an instructor; he is a partner who is committed to helping you achieve your goals and training you to the highest professional standards.
Chase fits into airport culture incredibly well for several reasons. He is constantly curious and learning from others around the field and hangars. A pilot’s license is a license to learn! Knowledgeable and skilled in the cockpit and equally patient with a great sense of humor and humility. His level of preparation and organization allows you to feel safe and enjoy flying as you step up your game. I believe he has even been able to teach his girlfriend how to fly and lived to tell the truth; I couldn’t even teach mine to parallel park without getting into an argument.
Chase has been really helpful to me as an IFR student. He is really an excellent instructor. He is always very patient and so very insightful in his teaching methods. It is always a pleasure to learn from and fly with Chase. I highly recommend him for Instrument students.
Chase is an excellent CFI who carries himself in a professional pilot oriented manner and has the ability to teach students many different ways. Every flight with Chase is a learning experience and he brings a unique style of teaching to the table with very detailed answers to my questions both in flight and on the ground. I would recommend Chase to anyone looking for a CFI for all types of pilots, whether that would be student, recreational and professional pilots.
Chase helped me get my Instrument Rating. He is an excellent pilot with knowledge that is truly impressive. As a CFI, his ability to teach while still making flying a fun and safe experience brought me a comfort and confidence that I had never felt in an airplane before. Anyone who flies with Chase will become a more knowledgeable and safer pilot. I cannot recommend him enough for ground or flight lessons.
I came to Chase by way of referral. I had come back to flying after a significant layoff, and wanted to become instrument current after a 15+ year lapse. His boundless enthusiasm for all things aviation is infectious. After talking about what I wanted to do, Chase outlined a well paced plan to get me to IPC condition. Each lesson was demanding, but not overwhelming.
Mistakes were learning opportunities, complete with explanations of where my rust had interfered with my progress. Debriefings were on target, complete with notes of what to cover on the ground. The time was used wisely and efficiently. His structured style for IFR fit me well, with easy to learn flows and memory aids. I completed my IPC, and flew soft IFR the next day.
Chase is thorough, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. If he doesn’t know an answer at the time, by your next session he will. Thank you for getting me back up in the clouds!
I’ve had the privilege to fly with Chase since he began his aviation journey. From day one, I knew Chase would make a great instructor. He was quick to learn new concepts and was able to perform maneuvers nearly perfect. Since our first flight, I’ve watched him earn each certificate and rating at an incredible pace. Chase will challenge you and will transform you into a good and safe pilot. Whether you are new to aviation or need to earn your instrument rating or commercial certificate, Chase will provide you quality instruction and will help you reach our aviation goals. I highly recommend Chase without any reservations.