We offer insurance approved Piper Meridian training to professionally minded pilots. We operate under FAA Part 61 and emphasize the "Train to Proficiency" concept.
Your training schedule is based on your flying ability, recent experience, and time in type- not some arbitrary timeline. We aren't a big school so our instructors get to know you, learn your strengths and weaknesses, and put together a program tailored to your training objective(s). It's a concept that works. Our clients have been returning every year for the past 20 years!
We emphasize the nuances of flying professionally and want you to learn something new every time you train with us. We teach things that matter- information you can put to use in your everyday flying to become a safer and more efficient Piper Meridian pilot. Instead of rehashing a tired syllabus of minutiae and memory items, our focus is on teaching you how a system works from a pilot's perspective.
Every instructor's goal is to develop a long-term training partnership. We are the experts you can turn to with a systems or operating question any time of the year, not just during class. It's a different approach to your required training. We think it's a better choice.
Why train with us instead of one of the big schools? Because personalized training is the hallmark of our business. Unlike the big simulator schools, you are one of the only ones in the class and we can completely individualize the program to your needs.
Although I have an insurance approved syllabus, I am not so tied to a Part 142 curriculum that I have to teach the same things over and over. I specialize in tailoring my training to your requirements. For some clients, that means concentrating on engine out scenarios in my full motion simulation. Or it could be mentoring you on your first flight across the North Atlantic.
As the owner/pilot of a Piper Meridian, you understand that Initial or Recurrent training is the key to flying safely. In fact, reducing accidents is the only reason insurance companies require annual training. Unfortunately, many big box simulator schools continue to emphasize subject areas that have no measurable effect on improving flight safety. Research has proven that learning is enhanced when training is both realistic and authentic.
Reviewing aircraft systems in minute detail for two days every year does little to help a pilot faced with real world go/no go decisions. Piper Meridian accidents are usually the culmination of a chain of events. Learning to break that chain is far more useful to the owner/ pilot than a 90-minute review of how the starter generator functions.
Rather than rehash the same old information, we teach the skills necessary to learn good judgment and make safe decisions. We do this by incorporating scenario based training and installing a safety system to back up your decision-making process. We take into account your experience level and type of flying to create real-life scenarios as a means of exposing you to realistic operations and critical decision making opportunities. These scenarios include "what if" discussions to challenge your decision-making process. Since the "what if" discussion pertains to the scenario, there is a powerful connection between your decisions and the successful outcome of the flight. Research has shown these types of discussions help build good judgment skills. Of course, aircraft system training is included to help you recognize the limitations and capabilities of your airplane.
Additionally, we use our scenario based method to instruct you on the intricacies of the Piper Meridian's avionics. What makes the Meriadian aircraft unique is superior avionics, which in turn offers enhanced capabilities. Glass cockpits and avionics require increased technical knowledge and the ability to interface seamlessly with the automation. This is the greatest benefit to training in your airplane as opposed to training in a simulator. Of course, we also have a WAAS equipped, full motion simulator for those pilots preferring simulator training.
The proven Piper Meridian airframe has enjoyed many years of service. These airplanes are stable yet forgiving, and comprise a large percentage of the small jet turbine fleet. The key to the Meridian's safety record is continuous training. Our goal is to improve your aircraft handling skills, decision making abilities, Single Pilot Resource Management and overall safety while flying the Piper Meridian.