#1 The Building Block Concept

Flight training is done in a building block learning format. You must master block "A" before moving on to block "B". Each student will complete each block at a different pace. Some blocks take one flight to master, others may take 4 or 5. For some students, block "A" is easy and they move quickly on to block "B". For others, block "B" or "C" were quickly mastered while block "A" was the most difficult. Learning to fly is like building a stairway. You start at the bottom and move up, building one step at a time. As a student pilot, you practice each building block until it is completed satisfactorily. Once you are proficient with a step or flight manoeuvre, the instructor will move on to the next block. The important thing to remember is, you can't skip a block or step if you hope to be a good pilot! A stairway would be hard to climb if every other step were missing.

Proficiency is gained by practice, repetition and drill. The more often you practice, the quicker you gain confidence and proficiency. Now let's take a look at the building block process at a traditional flight school. In a traditional flight school training program, the typical student will schedule a lesson once or twice a week. A motivated student may even get 3 lessons in per week if the instructor and aircraft are both available. In this situation, you are practicing a building block or flight maneuver once every 3 to 7 days. Due to the extensive time between practice sessions, the first half of each lesson is spent in reviewing previous flight manoeuvres to regain proficiency. Now throw in a cancelled lesson or two due to weather, instructor cancellation or family emergency and you can see why many people take two or more years to finish their pilot's license or instrument rating.

Time lost is money lost!

When you fly at the more accelerated CAT program pace, you will have 2 to 3 lessons per day. Due to the shorter time between lessons, you spend less time reviewing previous lessons and more time moving forward. Less review time equals less money and effort wasted!

#2 Beware of the "Part Timer"

Many students fall into the "Part Timer" trap!

There is a local old timer on the field, a great guy and a real aviation enthusiast. Every airport has one or two. They really are great assets to General Aviation because they help foster the flying interest of the folks in the local community. They are quick to give a youngster a free plane ride or an adult some helpful advice on how to get into flying. You really must love these fellas! They help to keep the General Aviation community thriving. Many of these folks are also part time flight instructors and they often offer their services at a discounted rate. Unfortunately, these part time instructors usually have other commitments sprinkled throughout the day. They have the greatest of intentions, but when it comes right down to it, they often start out strong and will end up stringing you along. You will waste some serious time and money waiting for them!

Your CAT instructor is a General Aviation enthusiast and he really loves hanging around the airport too because that is what he does for a living. For him flying is not a hobby, but a way of life. When it comes to flight training, he will be with you for the entire course, every step of the way!

#3 The Disappearing Flight Instructor

You are working with the local flight school and you love your instructor. They are thoughtful, knowledgeable and polite. A real joy to fly with! Then it happens, your favorite instructor informs you that the job of their dreams has finally come calling and they will be leaving in a couple of weeks. Not to worry, the school has three other fine instructors. Unfortunately, every instructor is a little bit different and no matter how standardized a flight school is, there always differences in instructor technique. After a couple rough flights, you and your new instructor have started to settle in well together. It is a really good thing too! You are at a critical point in your training and you are just about ready to solo for the first time. Then it happens again! The corporate job your instructor has been dreaming about has just arrived! On average, a student pilot will go through 3 to 5 instructors before they complete their training. There are a few students who have had more than 10 total instructors!

With Comprehensive Aviation Training, your instructor and aircraft are assigned exclusively to you. There will be no instructor changes and you will have the same instructor from start to finish, guaranteed!

#4 The Missing Student

It doesn't happen often, but every now and then a student just stops coming back for lessons and seems to go missing. No one knows why, but some people simply drop out. After 35 years of instructing, I believe I know the answer. For all of us, there is a certain amount of fear in flying. It doesn't matter who you are, there is a certain amount of uncertainty when faced with a new sensation at 5000 feet above the ground.  Sometimes a student may become uncomfortable or get a bit frightened during a flight maneuver without the instructor even being aware of it. The lesson ends and the student and instructor go their separate ways. The student often then goes home and stews about the incident getting more apprehensive by the day. Then as luck would have it, their next lesson gets cancelled due to weather and before you know it, 2 weeks have gone by and the student’s anxiety level is now overwhelming. In reality, their instructor is completely unaware of the situation. Unfortunately, if enough time passes, the student may completely lose their nerve and quit for no apparent reason.

With Comprehensive Aviation Training we are very sensitive to these fears and work very hard to overcome them. We try to make you always feel at ease at all times! We spend the entire day with you. We are always there for you when you are ready to talk! You never have to worry about us being too busy with some other student. You have several lessons per day. At most, you are just a few hours away from your next lesson. So, if something happens, "We'll get you right back on the horse!" We'll get you over your anxiety quickly and get you back to having fun learning to fly!

#5 The Dreaded Written Exam

It is unfortunate, but every year countless students delay or cancel their dream of attaining their private pilot's license because they don't take the written exam. A lot of flight schools, emphasis is placed on the flight training and the ground training takes a back seat. Many students find they are just a few hours away from their private pilot checkride only to come to a realization, their written exam needs to be taken. The flying portion of the training program is fun and exciting! The book work on the other hand, is not as much fun! It is not hard and anyone can master the material. Most of us aren't good at studying on our own. So we are left with one of two options. We buy a DVD/internet program or sign up for a private pilot ground school offered by a local flight school or college. Who has the time to attend class Tuesday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks? Those DVD courses are great, but they are long! Without a real instructor to answer questions, the frustration level peaks quickly! The next thing you know, the DVD's are on the shelf collecting dust.

Due to the nature of our accelerated course, in most cases it is best that you arrive for flight training with the written test completed. However, for those individuals that may desire additional help we can tailor a one on one program to help you prepare you for the FAA written exam.

#6 Old School Training

Everyone has fallen in love with technology! The FAA has even invented a name for it, "TAA" Technically Advanced Aircraft.

Since 2005, Cessna no longer offers the Skyhawk with the older style round steam gauges. We have been using these instruments for more than 50 years! If you want a new Skyhawk, it now only comes with the G1000 glass cockpit. When it comes to radio navigation, pilotage and dead reckoning have all become lost arts. Now we have a moving map GPS system with CRT displays that show your position and route of flight.  Navigation has become nothing more than simply keeping the little airplane symbol on the course line and you are on your way. Both glass cockpits and GPS navigation have made learning to fly easier and safer, but as with all innovation, there is a downside. If you compare the new generation of pilots which have been exclusively trained in TAA equipment to the pilots trained 5 or 10 years ago, you will see a big difference in knowledge and skill.

In my experience as an Airline Instructor, pilots trained exclusively in advanced aircraft typically lack the solid instrument flying foundation of the previous generations. In the opinions of many industry leaders, their airmanship, navigation and instrument skills are just not as solid! Unfortunately, this is going to happen when old fashion stick and rudder skills are replaced by gadgetry and computers.

With Comprehensive Aviation Training, we teach it the “old school way.” The way it should be taught and the way it used to be taught, with emphasis on airmanship, judgment and decision making. We teach this way for one simple reason; when all the technology fails and you are left with just your stick and rudder skills, airmanship and a few basic instruments, you will be confident and competent to bring the aircraft home safely.

#7 Low Time Instructors

Aspiring commercial pilots need to build experience to be employable with the airlines and corporate flight departments. Most newly rated commercial pilots build valuable experience by logging hours as flight instructors. Due to their limited experience, flight instructing is often the only work they can find! Most flight schools employ low time instructors because they come cheap! At a typical flight school, the average flight instructor has only 300 to 500 hours of total flight time and very little teaching experience.

However, at the end of the day, the more experienced instructor typically has a deeper well of knowledge for the student can tap into. At Comprehensive Aviation Training, you will be trained by a 25 year airline instructor with more than 35 years and over 25,000 hours of aviation teaching experience!

 #8 Sleep In Your Own Bed

There are a number of flight schools out there which offer accelerated training courses. Unfortunately, 99% of them make you travel to them and do your training at their facility. How many of us can afford to spend 1 to 3 weeks away from home, work and the family?

Comprehensive Aviation Training is one of the very few flight schools that not only offer accelerated flight training, but we also can come to you!  For those that are just too busy to find time to travel for flight training, we offer a travelling flight school service each year between December and April. Let us bring the instructor and aircraft to you. There is an additional fee for this service, but the time savings and convenience this program offers is priceless. Bottom line, there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed!

#9 Worst Case Scenario

Thankfully it doesn't happen often, but every now and then you are just about ready for your checkride and fate steps in. A sudden problem at work, a family emergency or a prolonged stretch of bad weather prevents you from finishing. You may just be a couple of flight hours away form completion. When you consider it takes most pilots 1 to 2 years to complete their PPL or IFR rating, any interruption in training can be very costly!

With our accelerated format, a sudden unexpected training interruption is a far less likely. Even in the rare occasion where you may be unable to finish during your stay with us, you will leave well prepared with a solid foundation and should not be more than a weekend or two away from getting your license.

#10 Dedication, Passion and a Life's Work

“At Comprehensive Aviation Training, I believe our training is simply the best you'll find! I founded CAT in order to provide “Old School” flight training at an affordable price! For better than 35-years, I have dedicated my life to all aspects of aviation training and safety! For me, aviation training is more than just a passion, it's a way of life!”  -William Church (Flight Instructor)