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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

Hour Building

When I was researching the career change into aviation one of my biggest questions was, “How much will I fly as a CFI?”  This is a very difficult question for schools to answer and I never had one give me any kind of number, not even an estimate.  Now that I’ve had some first hand … Continue reading

Learning From the Left Seat: The First Hundred Hours

After my group was hired the chief pilot at Mauna Loa told us that we should strap ourselves in because we would be launching off into space.  He was talking about the steepness of the learning curve during the first hundred hours of instruction given and it was no overstatement.  Even though I believed what he … Continue reading

Update….and back to the CFI

It’s been quite a while since I last sat down to write. I had finished my training with Mauna Loa Helicopters in Kona and was hired to begin work as a CFI at the Kona base and my intention was to write about my experiences as a CFI much like I did during my training … Continue reading


Well, it’s been a lot longer than I had planned before getting out my first post as a working CFI, but I guess it’s better late than never! About a month after finishing up the professional pilot training program at Mauna Loa Helicopters I was hired on with a group of three other new instructors. I … Continue reading

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