The Flexibility of In-Aircraft Type-Rating Training

Pilots know that in-airplane training offers the flexibility to train in their own aircraft at their home airport on their schedule when compared to simulator training. I have been training customers in their Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 aircraft for the past ten years and have an insurance company-approved initial type-rating training program.

As one can imagine, training results will vary depending on the customer being trained: their experience level, adaptability and time spent in study in preparation for training in the new aircraft as well as the weather, the area and airspace used for training. Some variables to consider: does the local training airspace allow easy access to a working area, is an airport with suitable instrument approaches nearby with a low volume of traffic in order to facilitate training, etc. I recently completed training with a customer that offers an insight into what training looks like to one considering in-aircraft training for themselves or for the owner looking for training for their pilot.

A recent Phenom 100 type-rating customer came out of a single-engine turboprop with no previous type ratings. He enrolled in my 7-day course for folks with no previous jet experience or type ratings and we trained for a day and a half on the ground and the next 5 and a half days were spent flying, for a total of 7 flights. He took his check ride with a designated examiner on the 8th day and passed with an outstanding performance.

We put 12.5 hours on his Phenom and burned approximately 10,000# or just under 1,500 gallons of Jet-A. This included local flights at his home airport in Texas and one cross country of 2.5 hours in order to finish his training flights and check ride at my home airport in South Carolina.

As a side note, this customer requested to complete his training in South Carolina instead of at his home airport in Texas. When I asked him why he said that he thought I’d know my local area better and he’d be better prepared than if he finished his training at his home airport. After completing the flight from Texas and landing in South Carolina he said that he was glad that we flew that trip together as it helped him to experience how he’d actually be flying the airplane after he finished his check ride.

Whether you’re a pilot new to jets or you’re one who has been flying them for years with multiple type-ratings, let me tailor a training program to fit your needs while giving you the convenience and flexibility to train at home.

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Dave began his flying career at 16 and earned his Private Pilot’s license shortly after his 17th birthday. He graduated with Honors from Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Air Commerce Flight Technology and later completed his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University. After graduation he joined the Air Force through Officers Training School and later completed pilot training at Reese AFB, TX. He was selected to the fly the F-16 at Torrejon Air Base, Spain with the 614 Tactical Fighter Squadron “Lucky Devils”. Dave served 23 years in the active Air Force and Air Force Reserve retiring as a Lt Colonel. His assignments included operational F-16 units in Europe and the United States as well as an assignment as a T-37 Instructor Pilot at Columbus AFB, MS where he served as the Assistant Chief of the 14 Flying Training Wing’s Standardization and Evaluation Division. He commanded the 39th Flying Training Squadron, Moody AFB, GA, the Air Force Reserve’s first associate Joint Primary Aircraft Training System unit employing both the T-6 and the AT-38 jet trainer as well as a tour flying the lead solo #5 F-16 aircraft with the Air Force Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” where he flew over 150 air shows in all 50 states as well as in Europe and South America before millions of spectators including the President of the United States, Secretary of State and numerous heads of state. His awards and achievements include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Top Graduate of his Pilot Instructor Training class. Additionally, he was the awarded the Air Force “Pilot of Distinction Award” for his recovery of an F-16 during an air show after a catastrophic afterburner explosion. He is an ATP rated pilot as well as a CFII/MEI. He has over 5,000 hours of flight time and over 1,200 hours instructing in jets, with type ratings in the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 as well as the Citation Mustang (CE-510S). Please feel free to contact Dave at 904-631-0153, or via email