SafePilot Group Is A Family Business
Doug and Bonny started SafePilot Group in 1992 while Doug was a pilot for US airways. In the beginning, they specialized in training Mooney owners and pilots. Bonny did the scheduling and Doug did the instructing. Over the years, they slowly added airplanes to our insurance approved list. As demand grew, so did the need for instructors that shared our training philosophy. Now, we employ nine instructors, have four full-motion simulators, and offer insurance approved training in Cessna Citations, Beechcraft King Airs as well as many other turboprop’s aircraft.
Fly Safe Train Smart™ is not just a marketing slogan. It is a company committed to constantly improve the way they train their students. As a company, they strive to prioritize each individual student’s training requirements. They do this by customizing their students’ training program. When feasible, they travel to the student’s home base, rearrange class or simulator start times for added convenience, as well as offer free courtesy cars at their home airport.
One of the keys to their success is their instructors. Their professional pilots have countless hours and substantial military, corporate, and airline experience. They are still active in their careers and bring years of experience to share with the students. They are also available after hours for any questions the students may have about the equipment they’re flying.
Orchestrating student’s and instructor’s schedules along with simulators, airplanes, airline schedules, and other training logistics is a full-time job. Growing up in the family business, Doug and Bonny’s oldest daughter Caroline took the position of Director of Operations in 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wofford College and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Samford University in 2014. She enjoys what she does and you will often find her working overtime to ensure our customers are taken care of.
As the business grew, so did the need for state of the art training material. Doug and Bonny’s youngest daughter, Mary Catherine, has combined her English degree with her MBA to spearhead their entry into online learning. As they develop interactive ground-school courses, students will spend less time away from home to complete the required training. Their hope is to have as many of the “Differences” courses and ground schools available online to make it more convenient for their students to train at their own pace. They have launched their King Air Differences courses and they will have the Cessna Citation Differences training available by the end of this year.
They believe in a legacy of giving back. Aviation is a small community and the only way to help it thrive is by giving back. SafePilot Group is a financial sponsor of the Beaufort Marine Corp Airshow and the Beaufort Water Festival Airshow. They were also able to offer two local scholarships, propelling those students from Student Pilot to Certified Flight Instructors. They share the passion of giving back and are now teaching another generation of pilots.
SafePilot Group is a family and we hope you enjoy your training with us!
As we strive to give our best to our customers, please do not hesitate to give feedback on how we can make your training and experience better.