I had the absolute pleasure of having lunch with Chris Carmody of Air Flight Training (www.airflighttraining.com) yesterday.  If you own and/or operate an M-Class Piper or Pilatus PC-12, you may have heard of Chris before.  Previously in aircraft sales, Chris has transitioned to personalized, high-quality aircraft training and has built a very successful business based on that concept.  Own or operate a Piper Malibu, Mirage, Matrix, Meridian, a Pilatus PC-12 or TBM?  You should give Chris a call.

As you probably know, aircraft training providers run the gamut.  Some do the minimum required to get a customer “signed off” while others take the right approach and go above and beyond to provide the quality of training that they can feel good about.  Chris is obviously of the latter camp.  He believes in quality training and will only take on those clients who also value and understand how good training can make them better pilots.  I love Chris’ philosophy.  As a former Air Force instructor pilot I know first-hand what it means to be involved in a world-class program.  If you didn’t measure up, then you were shown the door.  Which is as it should be.  There was no room for mediocrity nor for the mentality of “just getting by.”  Pilots who were not genuinely interested in bettering their skills and improving their decision-making abilities were simply not welcome.

Those who give training lip service and who think much of it is a waste of time scare me.  That mentality is careless and often catches up with them.  Unfortunately, others often suffer because of their “John Wayne” mentality.  Fortunately, those types of personalities find themselves to be in the minority, but in some dysfunctional environments they still flourish.  However, we can all suffer from poor decision-making from time to time and our skills can become rusty.  This gives everyone – from the occasional flyer to the seasoned veteran – reason to utilize and appreciate quality recurrent training.  Take advantage of those who have “been there, done that.”  You’ll be glad you did.

Thanks, Chris, for reminding me of the importance of great training and for your dedication to doing things the right way