I set out to start a new career in my mid forties. I had a fixed and limited budget and a specific time frame to complete my goal of obtaining my private pilot license, instrument, commercial, multi-engine, high altitude, and high performance endorsements and licenses/certificates. I started out in a Part 141 environment and due to circumstances out of my control, I was required to find a new school to complete my training. I met Marty and his crew in late May of 2019 with my private pilot’s license completed.
In less than 8 months time I completed every license, certificate, and endorsement I needed to be a professional pilot. Marty and his cadre of instructors were knowledgeable, patient, and professional throughout every phase of my training. I felt prepared for every checkride, written exam, and more importantly, everything that was relayed to me was done so in a manner that prepared me for being a professional commercial pilot. I didn’t learn how to merely fly a single engine general aviation airplane. I was held to a standard that prepared me to operate in a commercial environment that demands a high level of expertise and professionalism.
Fresno Flight Training has a well maintained fleet of aircraft. The maintenance and quality of the equipment exceeded any other school I had looked into or attended. You might be able to find an aircraft rate cheaper somewhere else but I guarantee you won’t find one that is as clean, updated, well maintained, reliable, and available as the fleet at Fresno Flight Training. I never had one maintenance issue after flying three different aircraft for over 200 hours at Fresno Flight Training. The pride Marty takes in his aircraft is evident. Many prospective students overlook this facet of their training and don’t realize how much money or down time they incur in their training budget due to poorly maintained aircraft.
Because of Marty’s dedication to keeping his word, instructing at a level tailored to each individual’s personal goals, and the reliability of his instructors and well maintained fleet, I was able to meet my professional goals and found immediate employment. I should add that with Marty and Joe’s assistance, I passed every singe written exam, oral exam and check ride on my first attempt.
I met Marty in January of 2011 while seeking a CFI to fly with while working towards my private pilot license in order to apply for a Undergraduate Pilot Training slot with the Air National Guard. I was on a tight timeline to complete the license because the applications to the hiring board were due in June of that year. Marty laid out his personally developed syllabus, recommended study material, recommended flying equipment and a pricing plan on day 1. He had a schedule that involved weekly ground school, and his very accommodating flying schedule.
With Marty’s instruction, I completed my PPL with 41 flight hours over 101 days. During that time both Marty and I continued to work full time.
Marty has a knack for instruction and the ability to motivate his students. When in the airplane with him, we didn’t waste time or the almighty dollar. He instructed at a great pace without task saturating a young student pilot. When we did have time during the cruise phase of flight, he would continually ask the questions that your future examiner would be asking. “Where is the nearest airport?” “What do you do if the engine stops?” “What is your procedure if the cloud ceilings or visibility begins to drop?” His techniques for teaching his expansive pilot knowledge rival any of the Air Force Instructor pilots Ive flown with in the past five years.
I am now a KC-135R Aircraft Commander holding an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and will be attending Instructor Aircraft Commander course this summer. No matter your intentions for earning your pilot license, I would highly recommend to fly with Marty.
I started my flight training with Marty in 2017 after spending almost a year looking for a good school and instructor. Marty made it extremely easy to learn and was very patient with me throughout my flight training. His number one concern is safety, and making sure you have the knowledge and skill to pass your checkride.
Getting your pilots license is amazing and you will not be disappointed!