Tips and tricks of an old flight instructor

Hello! So as a background to this blog topic, keep in mind that about 65% of my students have started their flight training somewhere else and have come to me to finish up their training. There are many reasons that these students would come to me part way through their training. Some of the reasons include the pace of their former training, instructor/aircraft availability, instructor leaving for airlines and the student not catching on to certain tasks to name just a few.
The latter part of the last paragraph is where I earn a lot of my new students due to my extensive experience in this field! I have been teaching flight for many many years and have over twelve thousand hours doing this so tips, tricks and different approach for every student has been serving me well throughout my career. I have been doing a lot of research into the inner workings of the brain when it comes to learning how to fly an airplane and the biggest thing I have learned so far is that rarely will the same approach to a learning impediment be met the same from person to person. That is where all the “tricks” I have up my sleeve that I have learned over the years have worked wonders for my students and I thus far.
Of course most of these blocks to learning stem from the landing phase of flight (as this is the most difficult aspect of flying) but are not limited to this particular segment. A lot of times, a change of perspective, aircraft and scenery is all it takes for the light bulb to come on but not always. Sometimes it takes great attitudes by the student and the instructor to make this light buld come on also. Whatever it takes however, I am a master at turning on lightbulbs! Please feel free to call me on my cell to discuss your current situation and see if I might be able to help you through them at 702-504-6376 and I will talk to you soon!

Accelerated flight training in southern California

Hello everyone!
Just a few thoughts on getting your private pilots license or instrument rating in the busy southern California airspace.
I get more than a few people calling me from SoCal asking if I can do the accelerated ten day pilot courses from one of the many airports located there. The answer to that is yes but there are going to be a number of factors that could conspire against us in getting your license there. Those issues include weather (mostly the marine layer), high density traffic, and finding an examiner when the time is right. So these are some of the negative factors working against us there but there are some positives that come from doing your training in SoCal…
The fact that it’s busy is a good thing if you plan on flying in busy areas such as SoCal. No matter where you fly after flying there, everything else will seem slow by comparison. The weather issue is good for teaching things like aeronautical decision making and to help teach you how to best deal with other than perfect weather conditions but doesn’t serve much good beyond that. The examiner issue is nothing but bad but we can always fly to a different area if need be.
If you plan on flying mostly in the southern California basin, there is no better place to learn than where you plan to fly. Please feel free to call me on my cell anytime at 702-504-6376 and we can further discuss your flight training options. Talk to you soon!

Jamie Clabaugh

More experiments on the human brain

Hello everyone! As all of my former students know, I am always conducting experiments on how the human brain interacts with flight training and various aspects involved with flying an airplane. All the information I gather goes into a proprietary bin in which I use to constantly refine my accelerated flight training courses to make better pilots and shorten the time it takes my students to pick up on certain concepts involved with the unnatural act of flying an airplane.
For this experiment, I want to see if certain people will pick up on certain things more quickly than others (I’m convinced that they really don’t). So I am going to use someone who has had absolutely no exposure to flying airplanes but yet has a very high degree of hand eye coordination and natural talent for handling complex video game controllers. Who better for this experiment, I will be using the number one ranked video gamer in the world, Fatal1ty! Yes, that’s right, number one in the world!
So, we will do a half day training session which will involve the most difficult aspects for me to teach my students such as take off, landing, talking on the radios and navigating underneath class B airspace to name a few. I will give him an extensive ground training session prior to us getting into the airplane but that’s pretty much it, it will be up to him to make sure that he can perform all tasks to specifications set forth by me. We will be conducting this experiment in the next week or two so stay tuned for the results! I hope you guys appreciate this, it’s costing me a pretty penny as usual in aviation. I will talk to you all soon to let you know how it goes!

Accelerated flight training vacation?

Hello, so I get a lot of people calling me every day asking if we can integrate their flight training into a vacation type of trip to make it a little more appealing to their significant other. I know that’s not the easiest thing to take ten days off in a row while the wife or husband hangs out back in the room all by themselves while we’re out training all day. So my answer to this is of course yes unless the student is working on solo time in which nobody but the student is allowed in the plane during those flights. There is good training value in bringing a passenger with us on our flights such as finding out how the plane will perform when close to or at max gross weight and other circumstances that only flying with passengers will be able to teach us. It sweetens the deal when trying to sell your partner on this whole accelerated flight training business as well. And if you’re looking for talking points in your discussion as to the entertainment value of our training, let them know what airports we can possibly hit up: Catalina island, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, salt lake city, Sedona, saint George, grand canyon, Laughlin, aspen, telluride and many many more. Feel free to call me on my cell anytime at 702-504-6376 if you would like more ideas to pitch or talk about your training in greater detail. Talk to you soon!


My first rule of flying

Hello! So if your primary job is to ensure that people stay safe on their future aviation endeavors, it’s important to be able to break down virtually every every aircraft accident/incident to its absolute lowest common denominator. If I am teaching a large group of people and I ask the class the rhetorical question about the number reason that planes crash, most of the students will offer the explanation about how a pilot did this or a mechanic did that and so on. I have read tons of crash reports over the years and I can tell you that the main reason that planes crash is because they run into shit! So, the first rule of flying? Don’t run into shit! And by shit, I mean planes, mountains, weather, restricted areas, airspace or anything else that might ruin your day. Do not trust anybody other than yourself to keep you clear of other aircraft, clear of terrain and especially clear of weather! A lot of mid air collisions occurred on clear days where both aircraft were under ATC control. Most all of the mountain collisions in my region involved pilots who were under control of ATC as well. Under IFR conditions, ATC will vector you into the worst weather imaginable while vfr conditions might dominate the area so it is sometimes better to cancel IFR in flight to avoid these areas if possible.
I always teach my students to take what ATC says with a grain of salt and treat them as if they were a disinterested party in our affairs. After all, they are in a nice air conditioned room on the ground far removed from your situation and will not treat you with the same urgency that you would expect.
Keep your eyes moving at all times! Look for traffic, terrain, weather, airspace, drones, UFOs, engine gauges and any thing else that might conspire against you to end your flight early! Remember, stay alert stay alive!
Til next time, safe flying!

Cross country scenario based training

Hello Eveyone, just a few random thoughts on why I think cross country scenario based training is far superior to the type of your training that you normally receive while obtaining your private pilots license or instrument rating. Typically, when you get your training for the two above mentioned courses, your training stays very near the home airport and doesn’t get you out into the raw elements that will give you trouble in the real world. Furthermore, that training does not incorporate many of the flight planning elements that are important to learn before you get into the real world (post flight training flying). The only way to prepare you for flying yourself in your own (or rented) aircraft from point A to point B is to undergo training that puts you into the real world while you are doing your training! Training that forces you to check your POH for runway distance data, training that forces you to do every calculation imaginable to ensure that your aircraft is guaranteed the performance necessary to depart the challenging airports that we visit during our training. Some of the airports include Catalina island, Sedona, aspen and San Diego intl. as we are always looking for a challenge! The weather we encounter along the way is an invaluable tool for training as well, the more the better! There are countless other reasons (too numerous to list here) to do most all of your PPL or IFR in our scenario based based training format. If you would like to discuss this more in detail, feel free to call me directly on my cell at 702-504-6376. Talk to you soon!


How pilots should talk on the radio

Hello again! Just a few words about the right way and the wrong way to talk on the radio as a pilot. You can pretty much break down your radio procedures using just a few simple rules that I have been preaching for many years to all of my students. The first rule is to keep it simple! Air traffic control just has a simple list of info they need from you upon initial call up, so just say exactly what they need to hear and it will make things much simpler. Here is an example of the wrong way- North las Vegas tower, this is Cherokee N2885kilo at the south shades, have information kilo and we’d like to go northwest bound… Way too many words added onto that, here’s an example on how I teach my students to do it- North las Vegas tower, Cherokee n2885kilo south shades kilo northwest. This is just a simple example of filling in the blanks, saying the least amount possible and freeing up the radio as quickly as possible. It’s also better because it’s less words to confuse you in the middle of your transmission as well.
Remember to say who you are, where you are, what you want and give the current atis upon initial call up as well. Sometimes it really helps to have everything written down before you key up if you are new to flying or you are in an unfamiliar area. Be sure to have a pen and paper ready in case ATC gives you special instructions after your initial call up. Also be sure to read back all runway assignments and hold short instructions as well!
There is quite a bit of stuff that goes into talking on the radios but if you keep it simple, you shouldn’t have too many issues learning how to use them properly. I have an extensive ground course in my accelerated program dedicated to using the radios that we cover before our first flight and it’s not uncommon for my students to be fully up to speed and conducting 100% of all radio traffic after the first day of training! That’s all for now, talk to you soon!

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…

Why Accelerated Flight Training is Better then Conventional Flight Training!

Welcome to Fly Accelerated, your absolute fastest, safest and most affordable path to the sky! Here at Fly Accelerated we have trained thousands of students nation wide! With Fly Accelerated Flight Training our instructors offer a different approach to flight training than you would receive anywhere else, one that focuses on safety, technique and a thorough understanding of the technology utilized in general aviation today in an accelerated format or a less aggressive format that meets your needs.

We have the best and most experienced instructors that you will find anywhere, guaranteed! All of our instructors have extensive experience of flying all over the world in many many different types of planes ranging from 747s down to the little Cessna 152s. Our training ideology is based on the same fundamentals used by the Marine Corps special operations units. We specialize in teaching the art of flying in a relaxed, laid back environment (people are much more receptive to learning this way) as this is the absolute quickest, safest and funnest way to learn how to fly! We specialize in accelerated flight training, private pilot training, instrument training, cirrus standardized training, multi engine flight training, Cessna flight training, Garmin 1000 Training, even your commercial pilots license and many other ratings as well.

At Fly Accelerated you can complete your training in as little as ten to twelve consecutive training days or we can break it up into our accelerated multi weekend program which normally takes about a month or so to complete depending on your busy schedule. You may also make your own schedule and take as long as you would like. We know how to give you that extra “push” necessary to obtain your pilot’s license or rating that other flight schools simply lack. We are the “get it done” guys when it comes to flight training!

Fly Accelerated Flight training Schools have locations nationwide to fit your needs. You can get your flight training done in Las Vegas Nevada, San Diego California, Long Island New York, Raleigh North Carolina, Frederick Minnesota, Stuart Florida, Washington D.C, Idaho Falls Indiana, Fort Lauderdale Florida or one of our many other locations. Look under the locations drop down menu at the top of the page to find the location nearest you or click here.

Our Flight Training Schools have access to the nicest and most economical aircraft around. All of our planes are equipped with color moving map gps with terrain awareness and most have traffic avoidance as well. All aircraft that we fly are in great mechanical as well as cosmetic condition. Our Fleet consist of Diamond Da40s, Cirrus’s, Cessna’s, Pipers, Mooneys, and many other aircraft as well. is designed to systemically break down every detail and process involved with getting your pilot license and ratings and help you to complete all tasks in an efficient and timely manner. See the drop down menu under flight training and get started today.

And just Why would you want to fly with a highly experienced instructor using our highly refined training syllabus and methods? The answer to this is quite simple- Through our experience reading nearly every crash report published by the NTSB, roughly 95% of all aviation mishaps were the direct result of what the pilot did or failed to do! You may research this for yourself by visiting the aviation accident database query here: In addition to this fact, most of the time that you will spend in the aircraft at most all of the flight schools is 50% to 90% inefficient for training purposes. Translation: at most flight schools you will be wasting 50% to 80% of your flight time on trivial non safety and non educational flight activities. This is why the average time to get the private pilots license nationwide is 85 hours at the flight schools and our average is only 45 hours!

Fly Accelerated Flight Training philosophy is quite simple, here are our objectives in order:

1. Provide the absolute best and most experienced instructors available!
2. Ensure that our students are receiving the best training value for their dollar at all times.
3. Optimize your training so that you may obtain your pilot’s license in the shortest time possible while learning the most possible. Some of my students have received their licenses in as little as 40 hours and 10 days. Our 2009-2011 student pilot average was only 45 hours  compared to the nationwide average of 85 hours!! Click here for comparison.
4. Have tons of fun!!! Be cautious when choosing a flight school for your accelerated flight training. Since you have a fairly steep learning curve with accelerated training, it is absolutely crucial that you are taught the right way to fly the very first time or you are just wasting your time and could become a dangerous pilot in the process. Check the pilot training message boards or just ask around in any pilot circles and you will see exactly what I mean.  Beware of flight schools who employ low time pilots just looking to build time  as well. The bottom line is that you should thoroughly check the credentials of the CFI whom you intend on flying with as if your life depends on it! When choosing an instructor, you should give them a thorough interview just like you would if you were offering a job working for your company. We have compiled a list of questions that only a more experienced CFI would do well with. Best of luck with this!

When hiring CFIs for Fly Accelerated, our criteria to become a CFI is pretty simple, here is the list I use in addition to the CFI questionnaire listed in the paragraph above:

1. No time builders looking to go to the airlines afterwards.
2. Must have a good aviation safety record.
3. Must love to be A flight instructor and be a CFI for their primary profession
4. Must have at least 2000 hours of flight time or dual instruction in aircraft.
5. Must be able to follow and keep up with the Fly accelerated flight training syllabus.

By definition, quality craftsmanship can only be determined based on the quality of the finished product. Those who have received their flight training from fly accelerated are our finished product and their quality is evident by their professional competence in the cockpit each and every time they fly. Our students demonstrate an extremely high level of situational awareness and technical understanding which is absolutely essential to remain safe as is evidenced by our former students 100% safety rate proves thus far.

If you’re serious about getting your flight training done quickly and thoroughly, click on the contact us an send us a e-mail and we can set up a time to talk further and answer any questions you may have about aviation in general. Remember, the ultimate burden lies with you to ensure that you conduct your research into receiving the safest and best flight training possible! Even if you decide not to use us for your flight training, We will give you a lot of good advice that will save you time and money in your journey through aviation. At Fly Accelerated we love to talk aviation so if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact us at anytime. We will give you more information than you will ever need, talk to you soon and we look forward to flying with you!!!