I am writing to thank you for the service I received at Classic Air Aviation. I am very impressed with everyone there and the great friendships I have from only a few weeks in Mesa completing my CFI rating.
Flight training is an expensive undertaking similar to any degree program, and I appreciate having a flight school invested in my success. More importantly, I appreciate a flight school and the staff taking initiative to make it happen. Having experienced several flight schools and CFIs, I quickly realized service often falls short with unanswered phone calls, no follow-up, and CFIs only invested in their own goals. I hope to take the example set by all at CAA to be the best CFI I can for my students and as I further my career.
Brady set the pace early from the first call to set expectations and then quickly sent confirmation emails scheduling my training from day one to check ride. Once I arrived, he was there on a near daily basis tweaking and adjusting training to make it all happen and come together. He had a positive attitude and went out of his way to make the process enjoyable and easier for me. I am grateful for his help and he is just an overall great guy
Carol became an instant friend and was incredibly kind helping to bring it all together. Each time I saw her she brightened my day and worked to make the process “special.” Okay that sounds weird, but I cannot think of another way to say it. She was such a genuinely kind person that she nearly brought tears to my eyes just out of shock for her compassion and kindness. Those are rare qualities in todays world and she really enhanced the training experience with CAA. In just a few weeks I came to consider her a good friend.
Rick was focused and dedicated to building my training program and help me pass. He suffered through some awful approaches as I learned to fly from the right seat. He worked through my strengths and weaknesses to make me a better pilot and prepare me for the check ride. He had widsom and insight from years of flying and training that helped me learn how to refine my style of teching as a CFI in ways that no other instructor could. He was a true asset to my training, and I am grateful to have been able to fly with him and learn from him. I also appreciated his dry sense of humor.
Even though Prits is not employed by CAA, I think a comment on his style as a DPE is warranted here since his work largely comes from those at CAA scheduling him. Prits has a passion for instruction and certification that I have never seen in other DPEs. He has a passion for working toward a more objective training and certification model than most others in the industry has. I appreciated his focus to always look to FAA sources and not rely on hangar talk or unsubstantiated training methods. This focus played a strong role in my training while at CAA and has already carried over into my instruction methods as a CFI. I am excited that I don’t have to memorize random rules, but I can simply focus on FAA methods and approved publications to teach clear and objective flying methods.
During my time with CAA I met with several other CFIs, students, and maintenance crew. I also had the chance to meet you and Jon at Prits’ sponsored barbecue on my final day. Everyone was kind and seemed focused on making CAA great. The airplanes were well maintained, and discrepancies were quickly addressed and taken seriously. The focus on safety was clear by everyone there. The focus and passion of aviation was shared by all. I will forever be a better pilot after my experience with all of you.