Now offering accelerated Cirrus training!

Hello everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since my last entry, I have been very busy over the last couple years turning out pilots at “accelerated” pace! I’m writing to give a few updates on our latest operations and such to include a new aircraft (piper cherokee 180)added to my fleet and our Cirrus SR-22 being approved for student pilot training. I added the new Cherokee to the fleet to take up some of the slack on my existing Cherokee for maintenance purposes and to act as a back up airplane in case one goes down for maintenance. I’m adding the SR-22 for general use in my ten day accelerated course for those of you who want to get your ppl in a Cirrus.
For those of you wishing to train in the Cirrus, you may want to plan on 12 days of training and plan 45-50 hours for budgeting purposes although ten days and 42 hours is certainly attainable. I have an older round gauge SR-22 available as my base model but I also have brand new 2017 and other later model turbo equipped aircraft available with the CSIP backing available at a substantial price increase as well. Please check out my website for available pricing. For the record, I am a cirrus factory trained instructor with over 2500 hours instructing in those planes. Well, that’s all I had to pass on this time, please feel free to call my cell at 702-504-6376 if you have any questions about training with me and I will hopefully talk to you soon!

Getting your private pilots license to legally pilot drones

Hello everyone! So I have been getting a lot of calls lately on how people can get their pilots license (any kind of license-glider, lsa, balloon etc…) to legally be qualified to pilot a UAV for commercial purposes. We are currently trying to get up to speed to be able to conduct our courses in the LSA market but that might take a while due to the the fact that there is a severe shortage of easily fly able aircraft on the LSA market and there are no LSA FAA examiners in our area for hundreds of miles! We currently do offer our ten day private pilot accelerated course which runs about 11k for now and which is sufficient to meet the requirements to fly drones commercially (in conjunction with a section 333 exemption). About a third of the students I have had this year have been here for the purpose of flying commercial drones for their own businesses. The UAV application list continues to grow by the day- farming, surveying, aerial photography, tower inspections and many more to come. Once we get established in the light sport market, we should be able to offer a sport pilot certificate in as little as five days and around six thousand dollars but that could take as long as a year to get up and running at this point. Stay tuned for more details on this as I will post updates here as they become available. Feel free to call me directly on my cell as well at (702)504-6376 if you have any immediate pressing concerns. Talk to you soon!

Jamie Clabaugh

Accelerated flight training

Hello Everyone! Just some random important thoughts on accelerated flight training today… First off let’s talk about my time frames for completion from zero time til you you have your license in hand versus my competition. I have seen most courses out there range between 15 days to a full month to complete with your license in hand. My course however has about 95% completion time of 10 days and a 95% first time pass rate as well! Now, I don’t want you to think that the first time pass rate is the best metric used to judge the quality of the accelerated training that I provide because it definitely is not. The absolute best standard used to judge the quality of your training is how you can effectively handle the airplane in adverse and emergency situations! That is why I have switched up my training to an almost all cross country flight type of scenarios. This serves many different purposes other than just throwing you into a scenario where you may have to skirt weather enroute to your objective or deal with traffic at an airport where you intend on landing tho. It also serves to keep you from getting bored just cutting holes in the sky like the type of stuff you would be doing at just about any other flight school… Who wouldn’t want to fly to Sedona for lunch? Who wouldn’t want to fly to the grand canyon with their wife or girlfriend to pick up a souvenir? And while we’re at it, why not fly out to Catalina island to do some snorkeling for the afternoon? Your significant other would love that! And it provides you with real world issues enroute that we will have to deal with that you will face out on your own once we are done together… Please checkout my flight training Facebook page for tons of photos of the places that my students and I visit on a regular basis ( and please click on like page so that all my cool pics will post to your news feed. So my normal completion time is ten days and an average of 43 hours of flight but this ten days does also factor in such things as bad weather, mechanichal issues and just about any other issue that could possibly come up as well. The one issue that is most difficult to deal with is if the student doesn’t come prepared or if their mind isn’t in the game for some reason. If that’s the case, you might be looking at twelve days and 50 hours of flight but that still isn’t bad considering the average time is about 6 months and 75 hours of flight time. And so the reason that I’m able to get it done so efficiently you might ask? Well, for starters I have over 11,000 hours of flight training given and most of that has been accelerated training over the years. Another reason is that I use only nice well maintained aircraft in my training courses and if something were to go wrong with our plane, I have a dedicated professional maintenance crew that will get right on any issues we might have immediately. I have been using my same mechanic for about ten years now and I wouldn’t use anybody else on my aircraft. I have tried using other mechs but that always turns out badly so it seems il be stuck with the same crew forever. That’s not such a bad thing tho I guess, they are the best after all!
So feel free to call me on my cell directly at (702)504-6376 if you would like to discuss your options with me, talk to you soon!

In flight training

Hello everyone, this post is to address all the flight schools who allow their instructors to utilize in-flight training over the proper method of training where you actually talk about what you are going to do on the ground prior to engaging in flight. The reason that it sometimes takes up to 80 hours or more is because the instructor says lets go and expects the student to turn the engine on without the student having the slightest clue as to whats going to occur on that particular lesson. Instructors need to talk about certain subjects before a flight such as how to talk on the radio, whats going to occur for that flight, what the expectations for that flight happen to be and so on… You simply cannot just jump into the plane after a pre-flight and expect to fire her up and just go with it. You just dont learn that way… It is a pretty big waste of time and it will make your flight way more expensive in the long run. Additionally,  the student might become frustrated and give up before they get their license because they do not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can totally understand this.

I think that the main reason that most instructors do not do proper pre flight briefings is because they try to sandwich as many 2 hour appointments as they can in a day trying to make as much money as possible and trying to make as many students as happy as possible. The instructor is also hesitant to charge the student for pre and post flight briefings because they feel like its not the norm. Let me tell you, those pre and post flight briefings are as important as the actual flight itself!! The instructor and chief pilot of the school needs to explain to the student before they start their training that there is no way around these briefings and that the student will be properly billed for this time. Otherwise the training can get real expensive fast!

We do not have this problem at all with accelerated flight training. These briefings last about as long as the flight with our methodology. This is why we have a student average flight time of only 43 hours and is also the reason that we make better pilots than anybody! Not to brag though…

All about turbulence

This post is to educate pilots as well as the general flying public (airline passengers) about what turbulence is and why it keeps shaking the airplane so much. First off, I would like to dispell some myths as to what turbulence is NOT. You will hear some people try to explain that it is just pockets of dead air that the airplane keeps hitting. This is false as there is no such thing as dead air. They use this reasoning to explain why a plane would just drop a thousand feet in a matter of seconds and this is usually coming from somebody sitting in aisle ten with no altimeter in front of him. I have been flying for many years and have many thousands of hours of flight time, I can assure you that the thousand foot drop that the guy in aisle ten felt was probably only less than 50 feet at most and was regained within 3 seconds of the deviation. No cause for alarm…  The winds aloft at your cruising altitude can be up to 200 mph in some cases and as long as those winds are all blowing in the same general direction, you won’t feel a thing. What air turbulence IS is just slight changes in wind direction that the airplane reacts to to stabilize itself in flight. Thats right, what you feel when the aircraft shakes and rolls in the air is the airplane actually stabilizing itself into the wind. If you’re flying along and the airplane encounters a change in wind direction from the right, the airplane will momentarily point its nose to the right to keep itself pointed into the wind. The reason for this is because airplanes are inherently built to be stable while in flight, just like an arrow will always fly arrowhead first, tail last. This is a good thing for airplanes because this ensures the nose is always pointed into the oncoming wind (relative wind in pilot speak) and makes sure that the wings and other flight surfaces have the wind speed and direction that they need to function properly. People become unnerved when they feel turbulence because they feel as the plane is going to become uncontrollable due to the wings rocking and the nose pitching. In all actuality since the airplane is always pointing its nose into the relative wind in response to the changes in wind direction, the exact opposite is occurring! Thats right, the airplane is actually more stable due to turbulence! You may falsely believe that the pilots are up front fighting the controls to keep the airplane stabilized but the truth of the matter is the that no control inputs are required at all due to the fact that the airplane does it for them naturally. Its the exact opposite of when you are struggling to keep your car on the road in windy conditions. Keep in mind that the number of aircraft crashes due to turbulence is zero, zilch, nada. And also remember that when you see those wings start to flex in turbulent conditions, you may see them stretch a foot max in each direction. Those very same wings are designed to go about 20 feet in each direction before structural failure occurs!! You may feel up to 1.5Gs in your seat in bad weather but your airplane is also built to withstand up to 9Gs before structural failure occurs there as well. So to recap, turbulence is your friend and is completely harmless. Enjoy your flight and have fun up there!!