Learning to fly can be economically feasible and comfortable. Training in an FFA approved simulator lets you experience and practice flying in a stress-free environment.

A simulator eliminates costly extended hours in an aircraft. Certified flight instructor, Robert Phillips, is with you the entire time and will walk you through challenging or emergency situations in a safe manner. The advantages to learning the basics in a sim include:

  • Inclement weather not a factor
  • No taxi time with the Hobbs meter running
  • Safely practice worst case scenarios
  • Full flying experience
  • Lower training cost

You receive the same experience you would in the air. In fact, you’ll experience what years of flying may not give you, safely learning how to react to all types of emergency situations.  The instructor’s full attention will be on your training and will guide you repeatedly through procedures until you are proficient.  The sim will give you thorough training that allows you to take the left seat with confidence.

Contact Robert Phillips, he’ll put you on the path to safe and enjoyable flight.


Ground instruction is the ‘less glamorous’ but integral part of learning to fly. You can’t wait to jump in the airplane and start flying, but the time you spend in the airplane is only as valuable as the knowledge you gain during your ground instruction.

The truth is, with the noise and distractions in the cockpit, it can be the most challenging place to learn to fly.

It is imperative to learn what an aviator can and can’t do in both the air and on the ground. To gain a firm understanding, you must invest the time and effort to thoroughly comprehend the assigned reading and ground lessons. Ground instruction helps you respect the regulations, plan accordingly, and operate safely. Remember, it also prepares you for your written and oral test.

Anything you want to achieve can only be completed when you start with a good foundation. Learning to fly is the same. Ground Instruction is that foundation.

Contact Robert Phillips and start your ground training today.


When it comes to integrating an iPad with flying, not all iPad’s are created equal.

Robert Phillips explains which version and type work best for aviation.

When setting your new or current iPad up, keep in mind, there are hundreds of aviation apps available.  To become an “iPad aviator” you’ll need to know the best one to get the job done. Robert will advise you on which app will work the best for you. He’ll demonstrate many popular apps and you’ll be confident when you make your decision to buy.
Once you have the right iPad and the right app, you’ll be able to:

  • Create flight plans
  • Receive weather briefings
  • Use as an alternative to traditional charts

Ultimately, Robert’s advice will save you time, space, weight, money, and most of all, it makes flight planning fun. Don’t go it alone. Take advantage of Robert Phillips’ expertise…contact him today.


Are you the passenger? You can be a pinch-hitter.

A pinch-hitter is a pilot’s companion who knows how to control and land an airplane. You learn to assist the pilot during a flight. Although, you can’t fly on your own, this course will give you the skills to help your pilot, when flying. During the course you will learn:

  • Control of the airplane
  • Develop basic navigation skills
  • Tune and talk on the radio
  • Land the airplane

You’ll also understand the instruments in the cockpit. Don’t just be a passenger, you’ll enjoy the flight a lot more if you can participate. Take a pinch-hitter course from Robert Phillips.

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The Commercial Pilots License is the first step toward a career as a professional pilot.

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Every 24 months an FAA certified pilot must go through a flight review (formerly called the biennial flight review or BFR). This flight review consists of a minimum of :

  •  1 hour ground instruction
  •  1 hour in-flight with a qualified instructor

Another option that will fulfill the BFR requirement is completion of any phase of the FAA Wings program.  The flight review is not pass or fail. Although, at any time within the flight review, an instructor may decline to sign the pilot’s logbook. The FAA specifies that the review must include:

  • Current general operating and flight rules of FAR 91
  • Maneuvers
  • Procedures

**Note that the specific Maneuvers and Procedures to be reviewed are at the discretion of the person giving the review. The FAA and instructors are quick to point out that this is not a test. It is a review of the skills necessary for the pilot to demonstrate the safe exercise of the privileges of the pilot certificate currently held by the applicant and by the standards of the certificate held by applicant.
There are three instances where a flight review is not necessary. These include:

  1. A flight test conducted by an FAA designated flight examiner that results in a new certificate or rating can be substituted for the flight review.
  2. A proficiency check conducted by a certified flight instructor for additional sport pilot privileges may also be substituted.
  3. Completion of a proficiency check administered by a check airman who typically is an air carrier pilot

Many countries besides the U.S. require a pilot in command to complete a flight review.


To fly under IFR a pilot must meet two requirements.

Have an instrument rating and be current. To be considered current, a pilot must meet the recency of experience requirement. This means within the preceding six months a pilot must have flown:

  • Six instrument approaches
  • Six holding procedures
  • Six course interceptions
  • Tracking with navaids

If these requirements have not been met during the prior six-month period, the pilot can no longer fly under IFR. However, currency may be reestablished within the next six months by first completing the requirements above.
A pilot can practice instrument approaches in either instrument meteorological conditions or in visual meteorological conditions.
In visual meteorological conditions a safety pilot is required so the pilot can practice instrument approaches while wearing a device that restricts his field of view to the instrument panel. The safety pilot’s primary duty is to observe and avoid other traffic. Under instrument meteorological conditions a pilot must also have aboard a current IRF rated pilot.

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