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Moving to Oahu

September and October of 2015 were tough months for me.  I had a full workload of students and taught a lot of ground but I felt like I was barely getting into the air.  There were maintenance issues with the IFR equipped R22 preventing me from flying with two of my students, both of whom … Continue reading

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About This Blog

At the age of 36 I decided that it's never too late to chase a dream. I've wanted to fly helicopters for as long as I can remember and I'm ready to do what it takes to succeed.

This blog will track my experiences from training through my first industry jobs. It will be both a personal journal and a resource for other aspiring pilots. Please feel free to share it with anyone who dares to dream big.

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Started at NorthStar Trekking, Juneau, AK

  • April, 17th 2017

Reached 1,000 hours Total Time

  • August, 13th 2016

Hired as Tour Pilot with Novictor Helicopters

  • January, 28th 2016

Moved to Honolulu base for Mauna Loa Helicopters

  • November 1st, 2015

Hired as CFI with Mauna Loa Helicopters!!

  • May 18th, 2015

CFII Certificate

  • April 10th, 2015

Instrument Rating

  • April 8th, 2015

CFI Pilot Certificate

  • January 16th, 2015

Commercial Pilot Certificate

  • January 14th, 2015

Private Pilot Certificate

  • August 26th, 2014

First Solo Flight

  • July 30th, 2014

Moved to Hawaii and Started Training

  • July 1st, 2014

Cumulative Costs

Instrument Rating and CFII Certificate
  • $82,000
  • Commercial and CFI Certificates
  • $62,000
  • Private Certificate:
  • $23,000

  • *These are bulk costs that include flight time, ground school, flight gear and study materials. By the end of my training I will have a much more specific breakdown of costs.

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