STAFF OF 60 INSTRUCTORS
Phoenix East Aviation has an extraordinary staff of over 50 instructors to guide student pilots throughout their training. Instructors are from the U.S. and from countries worldwide; they are all experienced in training both domestic and international students. Instructors are also full-time, available to students seven days a week, not just on limited days or hours, as is the case with many other flight schools. This allows the highly motivated student to progress through training more quickly.
Phoenix East instructors have been trained in the U.S. under FAR Part 141 and hold Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) and Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine (MEI) ratings.
Phoenix East understands that the quality of the instructor is an important determinant of the success of the student pilot. Therefore, all instructors are carefully screened to ensure they are experienced professionals who have the ability to teach and communicate effectively to students. Instructors are regularly evaluated to assure continued high levels of teaching proficiency. Phoenix East instructors are also skilled at ascertaining students’ individual learning and motivational needs and coaching to maximize comprehension. A large percentage of Phoenix East instructors hold university degrees in Education and/or Aeronautical Studies. All are qualified to provide both flight and ground instruction.
Our students are employed by major airlines and corporations throughout the world. This is a reflection of the excellent teaching by Phoenix East instructors.
TRAINING FLEET OF AIRCRAFT
When you are choosing a flight school, it is important to review the training fleet. There are a number of reasons for this: a small number of aircraft means you may not be able to fly often, which will extend your training period, cost you more in living expenses, and delay the time when you can become employed as a pilot. Also important for your flight school are new or late model aircraft. Older aircraft typically require more
maintenance, which means more downtime; they are therefore not available for training flights. And as with too few aircraft, the student’s completion of training can then be delayed. Older aircraft also typically do not have up-to-date avionics, so you will not be learning to fly using systems similar to those you will encounter flying for an airline. This can put you at a disadvantage when seeking your first job as a professional pilot.
Phoenix East Aviation has a large training fleet – more than 35 aircraft. It consists of new and late model aircraft with updated flight control and avionics systems. For example, the new Diamond DA-42 multi-engine aircraft includes the latest in technology in this class of aircraft, such as glass cockpits, which are also used in today’s commercial airliners. Phoenix East Aviation continues to purchase additional Diamond DA-42 aircraft, as it is an exceptional multi-engine trainer preferred by students and
instructors alike. Other Phoenix East multi-engine training aircraft used are the well-known and reliable Piper PA-34.
For single engine training, Phoenix East flies Aviation new and late model Cessna C-172SP, Skyhawk” aircraft, which is widely considered to be the best and safest single-engine trainer. It provides a high-quality training environment and is favored by experienced flight instructors world-wide. Phoenix East has a full fleet of C-172SP used exclusively by student pilots.
In addition, Phoenix East Aviation offers upset recovery training in the Decathlon 8KCAB aircraft. This is unique; most flight schools do not offer this extraordinary training. Besides being an exciting flying experience, upset recovery training makes the student a better and safer pilot, as confirmed often by airline pilots.