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American Airlines Selects Coast Flight San Marcos To Help Train Future Pilots

Open house to provide information on enrolling in Cadet Academy Program

American Airlines Open House Coast Flight San Marcos

San Marcos, Texas – Coast Flight Training and Management, Inc., is announcing that it has been selected by American Airlines to provide flight training as a part of the American Airlines Cadet Academy program.

Coast Flight will join a select group of only three other flight training organizations that have partnered with American Airlines to address the pending global shortage of airline pilots.

Coast Flight will receive its first class of American Airlines Cadets in July of 2019 and will start a new class each month. On Saturday, June 29th, Coast Flight will host an open house for anyone interested in speaking with an American Airline recruiter about joining the Cadet Academy Program. The Open House will take place from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 1837 Airport Drive in San Marcos.

Coast Flight’s San Marcos site joins its corporate headquarters out of San Diego, California, which started training students in the American Airlines program starting in March of this year.

“This is a great opportunity for both Coast Flight Training and the City of San Marcos,” said Dan Verda, the facility’s Director. “There are only four companies that have been chosen by American Airlines to participate in this program, and only six sites across the nation, and we’re thrilled that Coast Flight in San Marcos is one of them!”

The purpose of the program is to help relieve pressure from the current global commercial pilot shortage. American Airlines has partnered with Discover Student Loans to provide financing for qualified applicants. Once the student has passed the American Airlines screening process and has qualified for the student loan, they are eligible to select the participating school that they’d like to attend.

The training is designed to get a student, with no flight experience, through all of their commercial ratings. They complete the program as a Certified Flight Instructor and are eligible for employment as a flight instructor at schools all across the nation. Once they begin instructing, they are required to build 1,500 flight hours to be qualified to fly for a regional airline.

“This program is revolutionary,” said Verda. “The financing solution provided through this program brings the one thing to the table that precludes most people from starting a career in aviation—the money. The high return on investment—specifically, a potential career as an airline pilot—makes it a win for all parties involved.”

The Cadet Academy students will stay in local apartments and have living expenses covered by a stipend from their student loan, with the idea that students going through the program should focus on one thing and one thing only—flight training. “Our community partners have really embraced this program,” stated Verda. “Working with great organizations like the Greater San Marcos Partnership, Texas Aviation Partners, and the folks over at Cabana Beach apartments, where our student housing will be, has made setting up this program go smoother than I could have anticipated. I have no doubt that the facilities we have set up, accompanied with the living accommodations and everything that the Greater San Marcos region has to offer will make this site one of the most sought-after for training.”

“American Airlines’ selection of Coast Flight is a testament to the world-class training taking place in our region,” said Adriana Cruz, President at the Greater San Marcos Partnership. “The Cadet Academy Program at Coast Flight is providing our residents the training required to pursue a high-demand career path in aviation.”

Coast Flight Training opened their San Marcos Site in January of 2017. Originally designed as a site that provided contract fixed-wing transition training for former military helicopter pilots, the business later expanded locally to provide recreational and professional pilot training to anyone with a passion to learn to fly.

Piper Aircraft Completes Delivery of Archer TX Aircraft to Coast Flight Training

Piper Aircraft Coast Flight 2019

Piper Aircraft Coast Flight 2019 VERO BEACH, FL., April 30, 2019
Piper Aircraft has completed delivery of ten (10) new Piper Archer TX single-engine trainers to San Diego based, Coast Flight Training. The Garmin G1000 equipped Archer TX is the first in a series of new aircraft acquisitions Coast is undertaking to expand its fleet to meet growing training demand. These aircraft will primarily serve students enrolled in the American Airlines Cadet Academy at Coast Flight’s campus in San Diego.

“Piper Aircraft is proud that the robust Piper Archer was selected as the primary training aircraft for Coast Flight Training. These 10 aircraft will be added to an already impressive fleet of 40 aircraft and will provide the school with a training tool that has a proven track record of assisting student pilots to become full-fledged aviators,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. He added, “We look forward to continuing to support Coast Flight Training’s expansion as they work towards providing quality commercial pilots to the industry.

“The Piper Archer is a relentless workhorse,” said Bryan Simmons, President of Coast Flight Training. “Providing the most modern, single-engine aircraft equipped with a glass cockpit affords our students a competitive advantage for flying in the contemporary world and prepares them for a career as a professional pilot. We know we have the power to equip aspiring pilots with the greatest knowledge and technical abilities by handing them the controls to the most proficient training aircraft.”

Piper Aircraft Coast Flight 2019

About Coast Flight Training

Coast Flight Training, in San Diego, CA, San Marcos, TX and Ozark, Alabama is a pilot training center network dedicated to creating professional and knowledgeable pilots. Our airline partners; American Airlines (Envoy Air, PSA, and Piedmont), Mesa Airlines and SkyWest Airlines, allow Coast Flight Training to offer its students airline job opportunities during training. Our locations are equipped with over 40 aircraft featuring Piper Archers, Piper Arrows, and Piper Seminoles. We offer Part 141 and Part 61 training and are TSA, Sevis and VA approved to take GI Bill benefits, international students and all domestic students. Whatever your flying goals are, the Coast Flight family will help you achieve them.

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600, M500, and M350 – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Personal Class Seneca V, Archer LX and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100/100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. To learn more about Piper Aircraft, visit the company’s website at

Cost of Becoming a Pilot

Serving your last leg in the military and wondering what’s next? When civilian life is just around the corner, it can seem impossible to plan for a financially sound future while still on active duty. And yet, as daunting as it seems, creating a plan now for a successful civilian career is one of the best decisions you can make for your future self.

Choosing the right career path isn’t as straightforward as it once was. Everyone wants a career they’re passionate about, with a healthy bottom line. When you’re on the outside looking in, it can be hard to tell upfront which career path will offer both lasting fulfillment and a stable income for a reasonable investment. It’s time to think outside the box.

Ready to launch a career that combines meaning and fulfillment with solid earning potential and great perks? It is possible to have it all when you choose a career as an airline pilot.

Since Boeing’s announcement that 790K pilots will be needed over the next two decades, the airlines have revolutionized what it means to be a pilot. Offering six figure salaries, great benefits, and the ability to make over $7,000,000 in lifetime earnings, becoming an airline pilot is now one of the world’s smartest career moves. Not to mention bonus perks that come with choosing an office in the sky, like getting to travel the world and finding freedom from the confines of a cubicle.


A wise choice for your financial future

Nothing in life is guaranteed. And no career path can magically grant success. But pursuing a career as an airline pilot is about as close as you can get to a guaranteed good choice. Airline pilots have an in-demand job with great perks, a sizeable income, and seniority-based progression.

So what does this mean for you if you decide to become a pilot? In the airline industry, seniority-based progression means that pilots are awarded salary increases with each year of service, assuming that competence and performance increase with time on the job. Which means that as long as you show up, do your job, and have the desire to grow, you’ll climb the ladder. What other job on earth rewards you to the tune of $300K guaranteed annually, just for showing up for work?

It’s also important to start now to earn more. Take the first step to launch your pilot career today if you want to secure your place in line for seniority-based progression. Otherwise, each day that passes is another day it’ll take to get your spot in line for better earning.


A look at traditional high paying careers

So how does flying line up with other careers in terms of training costs and earnings? Doctors and lawyers are typically held in our society as high earners. But did you realize that the average doctor goes $180,000 into debt for schooling to make an average of $189,000 per year? And a lawyer can spend up to $130,000 in tuition, only to make on average $140,000 per year.

By comparison, an airline pilot’s salary is in line with what a doctor or lawyer makes, and potentially even more. And the cost to train for a flying career is only about half of a typical doctor’s student debt. After $90,000 for training costs, pilots can recover the cost of training a lot quicker than traditional high earners like doctors and lawyers. Given the phenomenal earning potential, choosing flight training is a sound and reasonable investment.


How to finance your training

Ready to take the first step? There are numerous viable options to finance your training for a career with the airlines.

If you’re non-military, you can take advantage of these private loan options:

Sallie Mae: Get competitive fixed or variable interest rates with no origination fees or prepayment fees, with plenty of payment options while in school.

Wells Fargo: Receive up to 15-year repayment terms with competitive fixed and variable interest rates. Take advantage of no origination fees and no prepayment penalties.

AOPA and Pilot Finance: This is your chance to get affordable monthly payments while you pursue non-college and recreational flight training programs.

If you’re non-military, you can take advantage of these private loan options:

Airline partner support: For rotor pilots transitioning through the Rotor Training Pathway, the airlines may cover training costs up to $27,500, with a new-hire bonus of up to $17,100. Talk about a smart way to go. Coast Flight will work with you to find out which airline can offer the best fit for you.

VA benefit financing: Work with a Coast Flight specialist and discover the most effective way to optimize your VA benefits to launch or continue a career in the skies. Coast is led by senior ranking military officers who have developed training programs to help you get the most out of your benefits.

Not sure where to start, but know you want to fly? We have answers. Speak with a Coast Flight specialist to start your airline pilot career path today.

Coast Flight Announces Texas Location Now Open for All Flight Training


San Marcos, Texas, Nov. 30, 2018: Coast Flight, a San Diego-based flight school known for its best-in-industry training standards, has recently expanded to offer full flight training programs in their San Marcos, Texas location.

For over a decade, Coast Flight has held a reputation as one of the country’s top flight schools, turning out pilots who receive the highest number of conditional job offers in the nation. By offering personalized training overseen by high-ranking military leadership and a high instructor-to-student ratio, Coast gives its students an upper hand in their aviation career paths. Coast’s modern fleet of over 45 aircraft ensures students can train on their schedule. With three locations across the United States, Coast Flight is poised to help students at all stages accomplish their goals.

In support of Coast Flight’s vital role in training the world’s next pilots, the Texas location was initially opened to prepare military helicopter pilots for careers with the airlines under its Rotor Transition Program (RTP). Now expanding its reach to all airmen, Coast’s Texas school is proud to announce it is officially open for all flight training. In addition to RTP, Coast’s San Marcos school has expanded its services to include a whole range of professional training, recreational training, and individual flight ratings. Services include training for private pilot license, instrument rating, commercial license, and airline career training, with financing options available.

“The expansion of offerings at our Texas location comes at a historically opportune time,”

says Coast Flight President Bryan Simmons.

“We’re answering the call for quality flight training and advantageous airline partnerships right on the cusp of Boeing’s announcement that 790K new pilots will be needed over the next 20 years.”


Dan Verda, Director of Operations for RTP and General Manager of the Texas site, added,

“By no longer focusing solely on RTP, we can now broaden our scope to reach all aviators, whether civilian or military, just starting out or pursuing a career with the airlines. We have the airline connections, the fleet, and the instructor base to support any stage of a pilot’s journey.”

The Coast Flight-Texas school is located in San Marcos, at 1837 Airport Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666. For an introductory flight or to learn more about how Coast Flight can help you achieve your flight training goals, contact (858) 279-4359.


College Alternative Flight Training


Sick of being confined within classroom walls, spending endless hours studying for courses you’re not passionate about? Not only is the educational system outdated, it just doesn’t fit the bill for everyone. So why try to conform to what worked for your parents, but isn’t working for you? It’s no wonder Gen Z is disenchanted with traditional education. College students complete hours of coursework that’s required for but unrelated to their majors, slaving away for years only to walk away with staggering debt and a very real fear they won’t land a job.

Current reports are showing that many college grads are unemployed and even more are underemployed. A shocking 83 percent of college graduates leave school without lining up their first job, a job that takes an average of 7.4 months to find. And that job may be at the local coffee shop: More than one in 10 graduates resort to working in professions outside their field of study.

In today’s world, investing in a traditional degree is becoming more and more of a gamble. The money-conscious students choose boring majors that are lucrative, while the passionate ones pursue fun but unemployable degrees. And the really passionate ones take a year off and travel the world broke. What’s a college student to do?

What if you could have the best of all worlds?


The world is different now, and a college education isn’t the only way to get where you want to go. With exciting new opportunities on the horizon, you can now pursue distinct career paths offering a guaranteed six figure salary, and far more fulfillment than anything that can fit in a classroom. Become an airline pilot. Flying is a career like none other, with no degree required, and the opportunity to travel the world on the job. Airlines are offering perks, sign on bonuses, and a solid income to rival anything college grads can expect. You can expect to start earning a paycheck in as little as nine months, and fly for the airlines within just a few years. As an airline pilot, you’ll be making $100,000 by year five, and $300,000 by year 17. That sure beats the average 3% raise typical jobs offer.


 Want a glimpse at what it’s like to become an airline pilot? Trade in sitting at a desk for flying airplanes. Instead of trudging through standardized courses to meet degree requirements, you’ll engage in hands-on, technical training to become highly skilled in the field of aviation. As an aspiring pilot, everything you learn will be specific to operating an aircraft and understanding flight.


Financially, becoming a pilot just makes sense. Training to fly for the airlines costs less than traditional education. At $85,000, flight training is less than a 4-year university tuition of $100,000. Even more important to consider is the time it takes to start earning. Doctors and lawyers, often esteemed as the highest earners, might never top the $300K annually that airline pilots make at year 17, and can’t start earning until close to a decade of schooling has been completed. As a pilot, you can start earning flight instructor paychecks while you’re still training. Meanwhile, the aspiring lawyer and doctor classmates you left behind are still stuck behind a desk, racking up debt while you’re building the career of a lifetime.


Savvy students go where the highest long-term job demand is. And the future favors pilots. Boeing recently announced unprecedented pilot needs, projecting that 790,000+ pilots will be required over the next two decades.

In light of the huge pilot shortage, airlines are now paying larger salaries than ever before, offering signing bonuses of up to $22,100, travel benefits, and perks you just don’t see in other jobs. While college grads aren’t even guaranteed jobs, and certainly aren’t guaranteed good salaries, pilots receive conditional offers of employment while they finish their flight training. And with a solid path to make $70,000 in year one, $100,000+ in year five, and $300,000+ in year 17, there has never been a better time in history to become a pilot. Training for the airlines offers the best guarantee of a bright and lucrative career. There is no career path in the world that can give you this level of confidence in your future.

Feel like college isn’t for you? Curious about what a career as an airline pilot might be like? The best choice you make for your future may be unconventional and life-changing.

If you want a career path that’s in high demand, with a solid track to $7 million in total potential career earnings, get out of the classroom and into the cockpit. Join the Coast Flight seminar in San Diego, CA on November 15, 2018 and learn everything you need to know about training, financing, and launching a career as an airline pilot. Your first step to a career in the sky starts here.

Sign up for a seminar to learn more about becoming an airline pilot.

RTP 2.0: Your Pre-Retirement Transition Plan

Serving your last assignment in the military and wondering what’s next? When civilian life is just around the corner, it can seem impossible to plan for a financially sound future while still on active duty. And yet, as daunting as it seems, creating a plan now for a successful civilian career is one of the best decisions you can make for your future self.

If you’re a current helicopter pilot with a year or less left until your End of Active Service (EAS), there are steps you can take now to start pursuing a career with the airlines that’ll have you career-ready by the time you retire.

Introducing RTP 2.0, the concept being a brand new innovation from Coast Flight in partnership with Mesa Airlines. Here’s what you need to know about this new program that gives our fellow military aviators the best, straightest, and surest path to a career with the airlines.

RTP 2.0: Your Pre-Retirement Transition Plan

The Story Behind Successful RTP Pilots

Most military rotor pilots are well aware of traditional Rotor Transition Program (RTP) options as a means to transition to a job with the airlines. But did you also know that the concept of RTP was first launched right out of the Coast Flight offices? Coast Flight pioneered the program in 2016, and today remains the largest producer of RTP pilots nationwide. So we’ve not only been there from the beginning, but as the best in the industry, we know what it takes to make you successful.

RTP 2.0: Your Pre-Retirement Transition Plan

Train Here and Now

In the past, traditional RTP focused on helicopter pilots who had already left the service and were in the process of looking for employment. Meanwhile, those who were still active and wanting to start planning ahead for their career just had to wait. This wait caused added stress—both emotional and financial—during an already stressful time. There needed to be a way to soften the transition.

Coast Flight heard your needs loud and clear and launched RTP 2.0, a brand new version of RTP specially geared toward meeting you here and now. RTP 2.0 takes into account your situation as active duty and offers even better accommodation for your needs. No need to wait until you’re out of the military to start training. No need to move to a new location to train before pursuing employment. Get where you want to go on your schedule – by your EAS.

With RTP 2.0, you’ll train right where you are at the end of your active service. We’ve partnered with the airlines to ensure your training happens in conjunction with your last 12 months in the military, so you can walk out with your plan in place. Once you’re fully trained, you’ll be ready for a career with the airlines.

Welcome to a world where you can time your EAS date with being airline employable. Welcome to peace of mind, stability, and a great future.

RTP 2.0: Your Pre-Retirement Transition Plan

Unlock Funding

Airlines have sweetened the deal by fronting most of the bill for training. Offering up to $40K for current active rotor pilots to train, airlines know they’re getting the better end of the bargain. Because some of the best future pilots are military trained pilots.

With this new soft landing approach, you can get started on your civilian career before leaving the military. It’s your pre-retirement transition plan. Take advantage of funding, training, and a transition timeline delivered straight to you. Start planning your future today.


Launch your airline training now and be career ready by your EAS.

RTP 2.0: Your Pre-Retirement Transition Plan

Back in the Saddle RTP

Getting Back in the Saddle with Coast Flight’s BITS Program:

Re-Transitioning into Aviation for Military Pilots

When you’ve spent your military career flying multi-million-dollar aircraft, it can be hard to settle into a cubicle for the rest of your life. And yet, many of the world’s top performing military aviators have found themselves in just this situation. Whether they were unable to get “current” prior to leaving service or thought a desk job was the only viable option for entering the civilian workforce, many military pilots are now looking for a way to get back in the saddle, years and even decades later. To coin a phrase, they’re ready to re-transition into aviation.

But now there’s good news for out-of-practice military aviators. The Back in the Saddle Program (BITS) is a great solution for those who have strayed from their first love…Flying! With innovative new opportunities from Coast Flight, there is a way to get back in the game, with a clear path to success. A path that’s airline funded and well-paced, with a defined route to a career with the airlines.

Ready to get back into flying? Here are three key components to look for in a program that’ll retransition you into aviation.

Benefits of Becoming a Pilot

1. Experience and Knowhow to Prime You for Success

When you’re looking at re-entering the world of aviation, you need instructors and mentors who understand just exactly where you have been and what’s required to get you to your destination.

Coast Flight has launched just such a program, trail-blazing the path back to aviation for retired military pilots. The same thought leaders who first launched the nationwide concept of RTP are now pouring into a comprehensive training program that pairs pilots who’ve been out of aviation for awhile with the means to get back in the game seamlessly.


2. Invaluable Connections

Success is largely about who you know. That’s why you need a program that can connect you with key players in the industry, so you’re propelled straight from training to the airlines. A program that’ll allow you to qualify for a new career with little to zero out of pocket and a smooth transition into earning. A program that doesn’t require that you quit your day job while you train for your dream job.

Coast Flight’s new BITS program bridges the gap for aviators who have been out of the cockpit for years to make it easier than ever to leverage major airline partnerships, obtain funding, and secure a career with the airlines. So despite any notions you had that the airlines don’t want non-current military pilots, they do. Not only are your aviation skills still valuable, for most military pilots the airlines will front a lot of your funding for training. They know that their investment in the best-trained military pilots in the world will bode well for them.

3. Understanding and Guidance at the Pace You Need

Designed by military pilots and for military pilots, Coast Flight’s BITS program gives you time to crawl, walk, and run back to being the varsity athlete you used to be. We do this by creating a non-judgmental learning environment with a personalized level of understanding and patience that enables a softer landing into a new career. Coast Flight’s BITS program encompasses invaluable components that matter to forward-thinking aviators, like:

  • Training with eyes to the future in smart aircraft. Get comfortable with a glass cockpit. Modern regional airlines are all based on a Flight Management Systems (FMS) directed procedures. The ability to fly the plane is important, the ability to manage the system is essential.
  • Rules and regulations refresher courses (migrate your OPNAV 3710 and AR 95-1 knowledge back to the FARs)
  • Integration into civilian training and learning the evaluation process for FAA ratings.
  • Work as a team to build time and make daily progress, with close program supervision so you advance on time and on target.
  • Confidence building as you get back to world class speed, honing skills and proficiency with each flight.

Experience the Coast Flight Difference. Call our recruiting division.
We’ll map out a plan for you and arrange for the smoothest possible transition into a career with the airlines.

Boeing Forecasts Significant Pilot Shortage at a 10-Year High

Recent Boeing projections show that the world will need to produce twice as many commercial pilots over the next 20 years.

Concerns are mounting in the wake of a recent announcement revealing an unprecedented pilot shortage. According to yearly projections from Boeing (NYSE: BA) for pilots and technicians, the world’s commercial aviation fleet is expected to double over the next 20 years. This will drive a demand for 790,000 pilots, a staggering number who need to be trained and ready to fly a commercial airliner to keep up with the growth.

The result is the greatest demand for pilots in the past decade of Boeing’s annual projections. The prognosis has industry-wide implications in a world where air travel is booming. “Despite strong global air traffic growth, the aviation industry continues to face a pilot labor supply challenge, raising concern about the existence of a global pilot shortage in the near-term,” said Keith Cooper, vice president of Training & Professional Services, Boeing Global Services. “An emphasis on developing the next generation of pilots is key to help mitigate this.”

Close on the heels of the announcement, Coast Flight is uniquely positioned to answer such pilot shortages. Coast’s Airline Career Training (ACT) program outputs new aviators who are career-ready in just 21 months. Through ACT, Coast offers a combination flight training and college degree program that has successfully output graduates into major airline career paths, time and again.

Boeing Forecasts Significant Pilot Shortage at a 10-Year High

By partnering with large airlines such as Envoy Air and American Airlines, Coast can take students from an empty log book to a career as an airline pilot. Program participants receive conditional job offers, allowing most graduates to step into a career with significant earning potential, right out of training. With over 300 conditional job offers accepted by Coast graduates, the ACT program has seen tremendous success. And with the option to continue online learning after becoming a career pilot, the potential for advancing in education follows students, wherever they land.

Boeing Forecasts Significant Pilot Shortage at a 10-Year High

According to Bryan Simmons, president of Coast Flight, “It’s all about who you know. Our strategic partnerships offer our students the connections they need to help them go from zero to hero in a very short time.”

Coast Flight Training Rotor Transition Program Adds Two More Partner Airlines

Benefits of Becoming a Pilot

Dan Verda, Director of Operations and General Manager, Coast Flight Training RTP Facility, San Marcos TX

I am proud to announce that Coast Flight Training has added two new partner airlines to their Rotor Transition Program: Mesa Airlines and SkyWest Airlines. Adding these two, along with our current partner, Envoy Air, brings us to three regional carriers that we service with our world-class training program!

Benefits of Becoming a Pilot

Coast’s Rotor Transition Program, with locations in San Diego, California and San Marcos, Texas is an accelerated program designed to get former military helicopter pilots the fixed-wing qualifications and flight time they need to qualify for jobs as First Officers with our partner airlines. Each person attending our program receives a tailor-made program that fits their needs based off of the amount of rotary and fixed-wing time that they already have. The ultimate goal: a job as First Officer at one of our premier partner airlines!


Coast Flight Training started the country’s very first rotor transition program back in the summer of 2016, and since opening its San Marcos, Texas location in January of 2017, has put over 300 people through training and into seats with regional carriers.

If you’re a military, former military, or civilian commercial helicopter pilot, all you need to qualify is your commercial rotorcraft helicopter certificate, a 1st class aeromedical certificate, and 750 flight hours in rotorcraft to qualify for the restricted ATP.


We’re excited to have Mesa and SkyWest aboard as our new partners, and we’re excited to continue to provide quality service to all our partner airlines as we continue to grow this program across the country and provide job opportunities to helicopter pilots nation-wide.

If you’re interested in a career with the airlines and think you qualify, feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn, contact Coast Flight Training’s recruiting at 858-279-4359, or check out our website at

Q&A with Coast Graduate Olumbe Falu

From the Marines to Coast Flight Training to a First Officer at Skywest Airlines

1. How did you first hear about Coast Flight?
I attended a Marine Corps Inactive Ready Reserve Muster held at PETCO Park.

2. Why did you choose Coast Flight?
Coast Flight allowed me to use my GI Bill to pay for flight training which made my dream a realistic prospect.

3. What are some of your favorite experiences you’ve had at Coast?
My favorite experiences were the times where I had the most trouble. My entire private pilot training was nothing but failure after failure after failure. I never once thought that I didn’t have what it took. I knew that I just needed more time. I was blessed to have instructors who never gave up on me and those experiences are the ones that taught me the most important lessons about perservence.

4. What are some of your favorite experiences you’ve had flying?
I got my CFII in September of 2016 which was perfect timing for the wettest winter I have experienced in San Diego. During that time, all of the instrument flying that I got a chance to do was the most exhillerating experiences I’d had to that point. It not only put my skills to the test but it also allowed me to train my instrument

4. What are some of your favorite experiences you’ve had flying?
I got my CFII in September of 2016 which was perfect timing for the wettest winter I have experienced in San Diego. During that time, all of the instrument flying that I got a chance to do was the most exhillerating experiences I’d had to that point. It not only put my skills to the test but it also allowed me to train my instrument students to the highest levels by incorporating scenario based training and enhanced weather awareness.

students to the highest levels by incorporating scenario based training and enhanced weather awareness.

Also, I flew to a little airport in Pismo beach with my best friend (who I happened to be giving instruction towards his MEI). We got some beach cruisers at the FBO and rode into town to have burgers at a local spot before flying back.

5. What are you most excited about with SkyWest?
I want to change people’s lives. It’s the little things that matter when it comes to customer service and I want to be the guy that creates a positive and lasting impression on someone. I want people to be as excited about flying as I am.

6. How was your transition from student to instructor at Coast?
In my experience, the transition happened over the course of about 8 months. From the time I had my instrument rating and I started getting halfway decent at flying, I spent a lot of time teaching people what I had learned. I led study groups and even flew with other students well before I become an instructor. I eventually got my Ground Instrutor Certificate and was actually hired as a ground instructor teaching 3 hour or more classroom lectures in addition to one on one sessions. When it was time to take my CFI checkride, I was already an instructor. I believed in myself, I just had to make the examiner believe.

7. Do you have any advice you’d share with prospective pilots?
I would urge pilots at any level to never stop learning. Spend time actively trying to find ways to challenge yourself so that you can get better. It will make you a more proficient and safer aviator.

8. Tell us about your time in the military. What branch and rank were you?
I was a corporal of Marines and was fortunate enough to be able to serve overseas in Okinawa, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Bahrain over a 4 year period. My job title was Bulk Fuel Specialist so I built portable fuel farms and dispensed JP-8 for both ground and air operations.

9. How did you get into photography? What’s your inspiration?
I was always into looking at things. It sounds weird, but if you stare at anything long enough your imagination can take you to some interesting places. You can build stories and worlds in your mind. It’s uncanny, but I’ve been doing that for years and my outlet for my imagination was writing and playing music. Well anyway, I guess I got kind of good at iphoneography (which is like a real term these days). People would compliment my instagram stuff more and more often. It was fun for me, but mostly trivial. Then one day, a fellow student at Coast handed me a DSLR and told me to learn how to use it. IT changed my life. Instantly after looking through that glass I knew that I could actually create art! I was stunned by how much better a photograph could actually look. I guess my goal with photography is share what I see when I view the world. A photographer(s) that stands out to me as a primary influence is John and Debora Scanlan.