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Over 120 Students Enrolled in ACT

Coast Flight’s Airline Career Training (ACT) Program has been rapidly growing in size since its inception in August 2014. The ACT program currently has 120 actively training students, and is excited to welcome another 15 who will start in late February. The program offers participants the opportunity to earn an accredited, FAA-approved Associate’s Degree from Indian Hills Community College. Indian Hills has been ranked in the top 10 percent of community colleges in the nation, and offers online courses for ACT students to take classes while flight training in beautiful San Diego, CA.

The degree in Aviation Pilot Training can be completed while students are building their hours for their next flight rating. Once students have completed the required flight ratings, they may work as a Commercial Pilot with one of our airline partners, and continue to finish their studies online from wherever their flights may take them.

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ACT student Danny Perez shared, “This offer allows us the opportunity to gain a degree and flight train at the same time, which makes the process of obtaining a job in the airline industry much quicker. The online classes make it easy for me to keep my daily schedule and study around it. ACT has also made it easy to meet and fly with my peers. Indian Hills Community College is constantly ranked amongst the top community colleges in the nation, which lets me know I am getting a great education while I train.”

When the ACT program was first introduced, Coast was quick to make sure that they not only had a college partner to offer an online degree, but also airline partners who would help students make connections and jumpstart their careers in the airline industry. Coast has two partner airlines who allow students to join pipeline programs to becoming airline pilots. SkyWest Airlines has given all ACT students a conditional offer of employment prior to flight training in the ACT Program. Envoy Air, an American Airlines subsidiary, holds interviews with ACT students upon completion of their Instrument Rating certificate. If an ACT student is selected by Envoy, they will have a guaranteed position as a pilot at American Airlines.

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Will Dryden founded Coast Flight in 2008 and shared, “When I started the company, I always knew that combining professionalism and fun would result in the best pilots. Our job was to encourage each student’s passion for aviation to surface while we molded the best professional aviators! The idea was Over 120 Students Enrolled in ACT always to help people realize their passion for flight and start exploring the sky. We now have partnerships with two of the largest regional airlines in the United States, who represent almost 6,000 pilots, and a top rated school, which I could not be more excited about.”

The ACT Program also offers incentives for veterans, accepting up to 100% coverage for the program costs from the Post-9/11 GI Bill after Private Pilot. If students don’t have military benefits, they can get up to 100% financing and have advisors to help figure out how to make their dreams a reality.

“The ACT Program is a truly unique opportunity for our students.” added Coast’s President, Bryan Simmons, “They can get a job offer before ever starting flight training. Students also have the ability to expedite their training and degree, and get to live in the best city for flight training. Sunny San Diego allows our students to train on a more regular basis, which helps get them their ratings faster. The ultimate goal is to help them reach a career as an airline pilot, and we are happy to see that this goal is being achieved with over 120 students now in the program and well on their way to professional pilot careers.”

Pictured: Coast CFI Kristen Verdi now flying for SkyWest Airlines!

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Nautral High 12th Annual Sunset Splash Gala

“Coast Flight proudly sponsors and endorses all that “Natural High” stands for.  We believe that aviation is a Natural High that all kids need to experience as they start to mold their lives, while not the only Natural High it is defiantly a really cool option!  Please take a moment and read the below to learn more of this amazing organization!”

Natural High started in 1994 with a small gathering of friends, family and beach communities to raise awareness of the pitfalls of drugs and alcohol that are lying in wait for our young children. At the time, founder Jon Sundt had recently lost his only 2 brothers to drug abuse. Today, scary statistics show our youngsters are being swayed earlier and earlier to experiment with drugs and drinking. Natural High, with its rapid growth and growing support these last few years is now reaching millions of middle schoolers and teachers across the nation. Natural High is contagious!Soul Surfer Nautal High

On October 6, 2012, Natural High will host its 12th Annual Sunset Splash event. They are thrilled to announce that Bethany Hamilton has agreed to be the Honorary Spokesperson! In 2003, at the age of 13, she lost her left arm after a vicious shark attack. She overcame the injury to ultimately return to professional surfing. Bethany wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. In April 2011, the feature film Soul Surfer was released based on her book.

Natural High will also be honoring teachers and administrators in the trenches every day with our children who live the Natural High pledge and direct our children toward a Natural High life.

Everyone has their passions in life and the organizations that they choose to support.  Please do not feel any pressure to attend, or support Natural High, rather, I wanted to introduce you to a special place to us that we feel is making the difference in the lives of our kids.  I believe you would come away from this event astounded by what you don’t know about youth drug use and inspired by what you can do to help our kids and others across the country in making the right choices.

Kathy and I are attending and would love to see you there.  If you choose to come, please request to sit at our table! (“Dryden” under Group Name)

Visit: Sunset Splash Gala  https://naturalhigh.ejoinme.org/ 

Natural High Website: http://naturalhigh.org/

 

Coast is featured in Pacific San Diego

Coast Flight Training
A mid-air connection reaches new heights back on Earth

by David Perloff

Born and raised in San Diego, Maegan’s a hairstylist at A Robert Cromeans Salon downtown. She helps Tease Boutique in the Gaslamp with its photo shoots and was the “mane” girl for this issue’s cover and fashion editorial pages. “For fun, I just like to hang out,” she says.
Chris is a diesel mechanic from Springfield, Virginia. When he isn’t fixing engines, he likes to “skateboard, surf, race motorcycles, rock climb, travel, the list goes on.”

The Epic Limo stretch Lincoln that picked up this evening’s blind daters at their homes (him, in Pacific Beach, then her, Downtown) about half an hour ago is now dropping them off at Coast Flight, a Pilot Training and Aircraft Management Company based at Montgomery Field in Kearny Mesa.
Before they board a Cirrus (an ultramodern plane that features a rocket-ejected parachute in case of engine failure) for a sunset ride along the coast, let’s review the pre-date interviews.

PacificSD: What makes you a good catch?
MAEGAN: I am me. What I put off is what you get. I love traveling and being adventurous, but at the same time I think silence can be beautiful.
CHRIS: I can’t swim away that fast.

What are you looking for in a date, physically and/or otherwise?
MAEGAN: Physically, I tend to love myself a tall, dark and handsome man. A person’s eyes, aside from their hair, are normally the first things I notice. I just want to meet a guy who’s fun, interesting and, if all goes well, hopefully is a great kisser, too.
CHRIS: Obviously, someone who’s attractive, and I prefer taller girls, but really just someone who is fun to spend time with, intelligent and can deal with my sarcasm. She should look cute in a beanie, too. I spend a lot of time in the mountains.

How are you feeling about the date tonight?
MAEGAN: I’m a bit nervous, I’m not gonna lie.
CHRIS: I’m stoked. Blind dating is a new experience for me. Plus, we get to fly a plane, and you guys are buying us dinner and drinks.

What’s the sexiest thing about you?
MAEGAN: Aside from being the total package? Just kidding. I’d say the sexiest thing about me is my smile.
CHRIS: I’ve been told I’m tall, dark and handsome. We’ll have to wait and see if she agrees.

What do you like least about yourself?
MAEGAN: That I can be a little shy when I first meet someone.
CHRIS: I’d like to clean my smile up. If any of your advertisers want to hook me up with Invisalign in exchange for some PR, that’d be great.

What’s your biggest fear?
MAEGAN: My biggest fear is missing out on an amazing life opportunity because I was scared to commit to the unknown.
CHRIS: Boredom.

What’s your surefire trick for making a date end with romance?
MAEGAN: Be a little mysterious and undress them with your eyes.
CHRIS: Keep my foot out of my mouth.

What’s the best thing that could happen during the date?
MAEGAN: We totally mesh and have a super great time.
CHRIS: We join the Mile High Club in the plane while doing barrel rolls.

Thank you!
Coast Flight
3753 John J. Montgomery Dr., Kearny Mesa
858.279.4359, iflycoast.com

Into Thin Air

The blind daters vanish from sight

After being fitted for headphones and briefed on safety guidelines, Maegan and Chris board a four-seater plane. With pilot and plane-owner Will at the helm (and PacificSD’s fearless photographer riding shotgun), they take-off.

The plane flies to the coast, south along the water to Downtown and then back to the airport in a 45-minute loop. Once back on solid ground, the daters high-five, Top Gun-style, and then jump back into the limo for a sunset ride by the embarcadero before heading to Glass Door in Little Italy, where they’ll have dinner overlooking the airport.

At dinner, they seem to be getting along well, laughing and looking into each other’s eyes as they talk over drinks and appetizers. Once they’ve had a chance to settle in, they’re split for mid-date debriefings.

PacificSD: How’s it going so far?
MAEGAN: It’s going really good. He has been such a gentleman and he’s interesting, and we are able to talk to each other very easily.
CHRIS: She’s really cool and, I mean, you can’t go wrong flying, driving around in a limo with free booze. Absolutely zero to complain about.

Is this the type of person you’d normally go out with?
MAEGAN: He is somebody that I would definitely be interested in. I think he’s fun and he’s good-looking and he’s entertaining and I think that the more we get to know each other, we can definitely find out we have lots more in common.
CHRIS: Personality-wise, yes. But I probably wouldn’t pick up on her at a bar, because she’s shorter. I normally pick up on tall girls, but she’s cute. Everything is there.

How was the flight?
MAEGAN: I was kind of nervous about it in the beginning, but once we started going, it was great. He made me feel super comfortable. He actually has flown himself before, so he was definitely ready to do this experience. And I recently went skydiving, so I was like, “If I can jump out of a plane, I can fly a plane.” I saw such beautiful views that I’ve never seen before and I am so happy I said I’d do this.
CHRIS: I’m always stoked to be up in a plane, and it ended up being a way better operation. All the planes are brand new. I expected to be up in an old plane, so a brand-new Cirrus was a great experience.

What’s the most attractive thing your date has done so far?
MAEGAN: Asking me if it was okay ordering what he wanted out of the menu. He wanted to order some mussels. I said yes and it ended up being good.
CHRIS: She told a lot of really funny jokes in the limo. She’s not afraid to be herself.

What would your parents say?
MAEGAN: They’d be like, “Wow, he’s really tall. And really cute!”
CHRIS: As long as I’m happy, they’re happy.

Rate your date on a scale from one to 10 for looks.
MAEGAN: Like a 10. No, like a nine. I mean, I can’t give him a perfect score, right?
CHRIS: Nine. I wish she was a little bit taller, but she’s cute.

And for personality?
MAEGAN: Eight
CHRIS: Ten.

Do you want to kiss your date right now?
MAEGAN: Maybe.
CHRIS: I can make out with her later.

Does your date want to kiss you right now?
MAEGAN: Yes.
CHRIS: I think so. We were doing some of the photo shoot stuff and we got close, so it might be there.

What on Earth?

A mysterious occurrence after touchdown

As their entrees arrive, Maegan and Chris are finally left alone for the rest of the night. With the limo at their disposal, they linger as the PacificSD crew departs. We call the next day to see what we missed.

How was Glass Door?
MAEGAN: The ambiance and view were fabulous, and so were the food and drinks. We tried a little bit of everything.
CHRIS: Cool place. Great view of the bay, and we managed to catch the tail end of the sunset. We had a few things they had prepared for us that weren’t on the menu, like oysters and ceviche, and I really liked the sound of some of the dishes on the menu, so I ordered the bacon and bleu cheese mussels as well. For entrees, we had a veggie lasagna, which was good. We also had a tortellini stuffed with beef short ribs, and that was delicious.

What happened after the magazine crew left you alone?
MAEGAN: We hung out and had some drinks. It was a fun time.
CHRIS: We drank some more tequila shots in the limo and got dropped off at Craft & Commerce to finish off the night.

When did you get home?
MAEGAN: I don’t recall an exact time.
CHRIS: One or two-ish.

Was there a kiss or romantic exchange?
MAEGAN: He’s a big, strong, tall, handsome man. How could I not feel some chemistry there?
CHRIS: Maybe, but only the two of us and the limo driver know for sure.*
*[Editor’s note: that’s only kinda true, Chris.]

What was the best part of the date?
MAEGAN: Flying in the plane. The coastal view of San Diego was gorgeous, the flight was fast and smooth, and I discovered that I think it would be awesome to learn how to be a pilot.
CHRIS: My date.

Will there be a second date?
MAEGAN: Yeah, I’d hang out with him again. He was fun company.
CHRIS: She’s actually going to be in my part of town later this evening, so we’re going to meet up.

AFTERMATCH: Like planes that vanish in the Bermuda Triangle, a chunk of time seems to have disappeared last night.
The limo dropped the daters at Craft & Commerce, that’s a fact, but what happened next remains murky. Chris says he got home at “one or two-ish” (with the “ish” confusing matters only further), but Maegan says she isn’t sure.

Luckily for everyone involved (especially you, dear Reader), PacificSD can shed a little light here: when we called the daters just before 11 p.m. to see if they still needed the limo, Chris said, “Uhhh…I guess not. We’re already back at her place.”

Last night’s blind daters may not be members of the Mile High Club (aka Pie in the Sky), but there may have been some membership status achieved back on terra firma. PacificSD’s agents aren’t trained like the TSA, but they can sure spot when passengers are hiding something.
Blind date safety tip: bring your seat to its upright and locked position. And always try to fly (and keep your stories) straight.

Thank you!
Epic Limo
340 14th St., Downtown
858.270.LIM O (5466), epiclimo.com

Glass Door
1835 Columbia St., Downtown
619.564.3755, glassdoorsd.com

Published on 8/30/12 by patricia

Coast President, Will Dryden, Will Speak To USD Business Students

How the CEOs of San Diego’s Fastest Growing Companies Harness the Power of Culture  

MSEL PRESENTS Dr. Sherry Nooravi, Will Dryden & Brian Rott
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Check-in and breakfast begin at 7:15 am
Event will be held from 8:00 am – 9:00 am
University of San Diego
Mother Rosalie Hall Room 102
www.sandiego.edu/msel
PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN
Friday, May 18, 2012
by going to http://bit.ly/IH0qF3

Join us for an exciting and thought-provoking talk as organizational psychologist Dr. Sherry Nooravi shares the results of her research on the best practices of the CEOs of San Diego’s fastest growing companies.*

Will Dryden and Brian Rott, two of the top 20 CEOs on the list, will participate in her presentation. Dr. Nooravi will share seven ways the CEOs she interviewed harness the power of culture in their organizations to help them produce tremendous growth in a short period of time. You will find what you learn about their approach to culture, innovation, communication, employee development and customer service inspiring and applicable for every organization.

Dr. Sherry Nooravi is a business psychologist and principal consultant at Strategy Meets Performance, a leadership consulting firm specializing in creating engaged, productive and innovative cultures in small-mid-sized companies. When she is not working with her clients, she leads the San Diego Chapter of Room to Read, a global non-profit that focuses on global literacy and gender equality in developing countries. Joining Dr. Nooravi will be two of the CEOs named on the San Diego Business Journal’s list: Will Dryden and Brian Rott.

Will Dryden is the CEO of Coast Flight Training, the 7th fastest growing private company in San Diego.* Will Dryden started Coast Flight Training in 2008 with a trailer and a vision for what flight training could become. Will’s idea was to structure a school that would accomplish the task of preparing clients to not only pass a test, but to also enjoy the privileges of a pilot license long into the future. This concept struck a nerve. Almost four years later, Coast has grown into a modern training facility featuring a fleet of more than 17 advanced civil aviation planes, a full motion flight simulator and a top tier instructor team. He will share how he used his vision to build a solid team that lead to Coast Flight’s success.

Brian Rott is the CEO of Superior Onsite Services, Inc., the 15th fastest growing private company in San Diego.* Superior Onsite Service, Inc. is a golf cart, utility and electric vehicle mobile repair company that services vehicles at client sites using a team of the industry’s most experienced, factory-trained and certified technicians. The sister company, Cart Mart Inc., is Southern California’s oldest distributor of golf, transportation and commercial vehicles. Customers include the military, schools, hospitals, golf courses, shopping centers, amusement parks, apartment homes, stadiums, resorts, airports, manufacturers and of course private individuals who use vehicles in a number of creative ways. Brian will share how his industry experience and leadership perspective lead to his success.

* Each year, the San Diego Business Journal researches and publishes the list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in San Diego County. This research uncovers our region’s top emerging growth companies.

Coast Hosting Event October 22, 2011

http://iflycoast.com/fast_planes/

Stop by Coast on October 22, 2011 and check out the latest from Cirrus and Porsche.  Sit in both cockpits and experience the power!  Limited flights available with reservations.  Event is free to attend, flights are $175.  All profits will go to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Food and drinks will be served.

Coast Flight Training Announces 98% Initial Pass Rate

During initial training, Coast flight training students experienced a 98% pass rate. This high pass rate is a testament to the quality of the company’s experienced & knowledgeable flight instructors & the innovative flight training methods employed by Coast Flight. Nathan Linder recently passed his IFR checkride in a Cirrus SR22. Two days after the checkride, Coast Flight Training President, Will Dryden, instructed Linder on flying to Mexico, making it possible for Linder to take his wife on a surfing trip to beautiful Cabo San Lucas. It’s just one more way in which flight training makes a big difference in the lives of Cirrus pilots!

Cirrus Pre Buy Inspection And Delivery

Working with Will Dryden and Chris Krone at Coast Flight Training has been a great experience. I purchased a 2001 Cirrus SR22 that was located on the field. It was in need of maintenance which Will was very instrumental at getting it in for service. I live 1400 miles away from San Diego so logistics became a problem. Will was quick to offer one of his instructors to fly the plane to my location. Chris Krone was the pilot who flew my new plane to my location. He communicated the progress of the flight at every stop. Thanks to the exceptional customer service at Coast Flight Training the plane made it to it’s new home without any problems!

Jim McCullough
Cedar Rapids, IA

Coast Flight / Crownair Aviation A Cirrus Platinum Training & Service Center

Crownair Aviation and Coast Flight Training Join to Enhance the Cirrus Aircraft Experience

Cirrus Aircraft Names Crownair Aviation and Coast Flight Training as Platinum Partner Service and Training Centers

San Diego, Calif.; May 11, 2011. Crownair Aviation and Coast Flight Training and Management Inc. today announced their alliance as Cirrus Platinum Partners for Authorized Service and Training respectively.   The honor of becoming a Cirrus Platinum Partner is reserved for only those members of the Cirrus network who exhibit and consistently maintain the highest quality customer service, training standards and technical skills world-wide.

Both companies are located at Montgomery Field Airport (KMYF) in San Diego, CA and offer Cirrus Aircraft owners and pilots the only complete Cirrus Aircraft Partner Facility on the West Coast.

Crownair Aviation maintains Coast Flight Training’s fleet of Cirrus Aircraft and is open to the public for aircraft service, inspections, maintenance and avionics.  All airframe technicians have completed the Cirrus Initial training program, Specialized Composite Repair Lab in Duluth, CAPS Line Cutter Replacement, and AmSafe seat belt restraint training.  Crownair’s Avionic Technicians attended Garmin 1000 and Cirrus Perspective by Garmin training in Olathe.  Crownair can handle it all, from routine service such as oil changes to major repairs and engine overhauls / exchanges.  Crownair relies on Coast Flight’s expert group of instructor pilots to relocate aircraft when needed for service.

Coast Flight Training and Management Inc. is the finest and best-equipped Cirrus training center in Southern California. It counts on top tier Professional Pilot Instructors and a fleet that is composed of new and modern Cirrus SR20s and SR22s. The Cirrus is the best-selling, single engine piston in the world and features instruments and controls similar to commercial jetliners. The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™) provides top of the line, unprecedented safety. Coast uses a Scenario Based Training program (SBT), which enables pilot graduates from the academy to immediately enter the pilot ranks of commercial airlines. SBT is used by the military and airlines, and focuses on providing the student with the critical decision-making skills necessary to exercise the duties and responsibilities of the Pilot In Command. Using modern Cirrus aircraft and implementing SBT has proven to be instrumental in attracting customers and makes Coast Flight Training unique in its complete preparation of students.  In addition, Coast owns and operates brand new full motion RedBird flight simulator set up to train in the Cirrus platform.

“As a part of Crownair’s leadership team and a Coast Flight Training student pilot in the Cirrus SR20, I feel confident in this alliance”, says Debi Carlston, Director of Marketing of Crownair Aviation.  “Every time I fly, I feel secure in knowing that the aircraft are maintained extremely well and my instructors are top notch.”

About Crownair Aviation

Crownair Aviation has a history of exemplary customer satisfaction that spans six decades.  Crownair provides a wide range of aircraft services including a dedicated fuel station, pilot and passenger amenities, personalized concierge service, hangar space, and two class-leading maintenance and avionics service centers.  As one of the most experienced and respected names on the West Coast, Crownair has been serving the aviation community since 1951.  For more information on Crownair Aviation, visit www.crownairaviation.com or call any of our locations:

Crownair Aviation-MYF: 858-277-1453
Crownair Aviation-CRQ: 760-431-5315

About Coast Flight Training

Coast Flight Training and Management Inc. deploys its business in a state-of-the-art facility composed of six fully equipped classrooms and a large auditorium. Flying lessons are conducted in new and modern Cirrus SR20s and SR22s fleet are complemented by theoretical instruction carried out in a brand new full motion RedBird flight simulator. For more information on Coast Flight Training and Management Inc. http://iflycoast.com or call:

Coast Flight Training and Management:  858-279-4359

Platinum Status for Will Dryden, President of Coast!

Congratulations To Coast President, Will Dryden!

Will has been approved by Cirrus and designated as a Platinum CSIP. Dedication to the CSIP program, Cirrus flight instruction, and the Cirrus brand are recognized.   As a Cirrus Platinum Partner, Will has joined an elite group consisting of only the top Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots that have differentiated themselves as the best in an already fantastic network of partners.

Will wasn’t just handed this title.  He has been working hard since the day he started Coast.  Last month, Cirrus sent out one of their own from Duluth, to come fly with Will.  Randi Pederson put him through a full Cirrus checkride prior to deeming him worthy of this elite title.

Even Cirrus Aircraft was quoted: “. . .Cirrus Aircraft team is truly appreciative of your dedication to the safety of the pilots of our airplanes, and are privileged to have such talented flight instructors such as yourself as a partner.”

Congratulations on achieving this distinctive title Will.  Everyone at Coast is proud to be working with you.

Technologically Advanced Aircraft Explained

As a beginner pilot, it’s important to develop good habits right from the get-go. This is made much easier when the very first aircraft you pilot is a high-quality, technically advanced model like the one you’ll fly as a professional. At Coast Flight Training, all trainees are given access to a Cirrus aircraft—categorized by the FAA as a technically advanced aircraft (TAA)—to help students avoid having to re-learn basic techniques, as they would have to do if they started on an inferior aircraft.

But what makes the Cirrus worthy of a TAA title? A TAA is equipped with, at least, a moving map display (to communicate real-time flight information to passengers using information from the navigation system), an IFR-approved GPS navigator and an autopilot (a mechanical, hydraulic or electrical system to guide a vehicle without human assistance). With these tools, a pilot can be more aware of his or her location, the terrain, weather and traffic in the area. Moreover, built-in redundancies in a TAA ensure that if one system fails, there is a second on hand to pick up the slack. In the Cirrus, a specialized avionics system in the cockpit keeps all this data organized and easily accessible by the pilot at all times via two displays: the Primary Flight Display (PFD) and the Multifunction Display (MFD). The MFD shows a range of useful information, including the following:

The moving map
Terrain
XM Weather
Traffic
Engine instrumentation
Checklists
Airport Information
XM Radio (when workload is low in cruise)
EVS Infrared Vision

In such a versatile and high-performing aircraft, passengers, crew and cargo stand a better chance of a safe, successful flight. Coast Flight trainees have access to all this technology right from the beginning—a unique experience for student pilots in San Diego that they can get only at Coast. Additionally, the entire Cirrus Transition Course can be completed in only 10-12 hours, which is easily manageable in a weekend!