Chase Franzen

CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI


 

Hi, I’m Chase. I took a bit of an unconventional route to becoming a certificated flight instructor. This isn’t my job – it’s a passion I want to share with others.

I do IT Security (hacker) for a living. My background is scattered – I went to school for Economics and Political Science. Grad school for Business and Finance. I’ve taught as a college professor, own a restaurant, worked in management consulting, and renovate and own real estate investments. I also sail, rock climb, do ultra endurance races, snowboard, and scuba drive. Absolutely obsessed with traveling the world.

So how did I become a pilot? As a young kid, my uncle (a decorated Air Force pilot) invited me to fly with him. I was hooked. I knew, one day, I’d become a pilot as well. Fast forward 25 or so years later, I took a job across from Montgomery Airport in San Diego. Walked over one day at lunch, and signed up for the Plus One Flyers club.

I became a private pilot – saying I’d never go further. I lived in San Diego – why would I ever want to fly on anything but a perfect day? Then one day I decided I needed to be able to fly through the marine layer of clouds – there goes the instrument rating. Then a commercial rating because I thought I may want to fly for a skydiving company for fun. My instructor (Travis) told me that I needed to become a flight instructor – so here I am.

Being a CFI/CFII allows me to merge my love of flying with my passion for teaching. I’m not leaving to go off to the airlines – I’ll be a life-long, part-time flight instructor. Teaching instrument flying is my jam, but I’ll do other stuff as well. If it sounds like we’d gel or if you have questions – let’s talk!

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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.

Doug Smith

 

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.

André Hutchinson

 

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.

Tyler Long

 

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.

Jack Arnold

 

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.

Bryan Toma

 

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.

Guy Milner