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!

Finishing up your private pilots license or instrument rating

Hello everyone! I get lots of email and calls from people who have started their private pilots license or instrument rating somewhere else but for many different reasons were unable or unwilling to finish off their training where they started. Many people think that it’s a bit odd to start training somewhere else then finish at another school. The truth of the matter is that upwards of 65% of my students have started their training prior to calling on me to finish them up. The average flight time that each student has accumulated prior to starting up with me is around the 20 to 30 range as well. Keep in mind that you have the right to go anywhere you want to complete your training if you do not feel like things are going the way at any time! Most flight training endeavors will lead to an average of six months, 65 to 75 hours of flight and a 96% drop out rate where as my program is a 95% completion rate, ten days and a 43 hour average time til completion. I even have a 95% first time pass rate to boot! If you would like to discuss your training options with me, please feel free to call me on my cell at 702-504-6376. Hope to talk to you soon!

Jamie Clabaugh

Does accelerated flight training really work?

Hello everyone! I’m going to use this post today to address a lot of concerns that I hear from perspective clients on the effectiveness of MY accelerated flight training program. First off, I cannot speak for every accelerated program out there because we are different in our own little ways but I can address concerns about how I conduct my courses as well as the completion rates and the pass fail rates. I will also address my personal safety rates as well (knock on wood)!
So let’s start with the completion rate and discuss all the factors that make this completion rate attainable. For all the students who start their training through my program, about 90-95% of them will get on the airplane back home with their certificate in hand. In order to make this happen, a lot of preparation must be completed before prior to you showing up for your first day of training. First off, you will need to study for and complete the FAA knowledge test (written test). This can be completed without any instructor input whatsoever by studying from the sportys private pilot study buddy . Use the study buddy section until you have a good grasp on what’s going on then start to take practice tests from the study buddy until you score into the 80% to 90% consistently. Once you have that down and are ready to take the test, get a hold of me for an endorsement to take the test. The test can be done in just about every city across America that has a cats testing center and costs anywhere from $100 to $150.
In conjunction with the written test, you can schedule your third class medical examination at any time also by going to Its good to know if you’re medically disqualified for the ppl before you start your training!
After your written test is out of the way, we will need you to study from my private pilot study guide by visiting Please get to know this section quite well as this is the information that will be important to us for the most part.
You should also download foreflight onto your iPad or iPad mini as this is where we we will primarily be getting most all of our pre flight as well as inflight planning and weather.
If you complete these four steps, you will have upwards of a 95% completion rate and over a 95% first time pass rate on your first try. If you happen to not pass on your first time for some reason or another, you can usually retake the practical test that day and still leave with your certificate in hand.
As far as safety goes, we have only had one minor incident throughout my whole career conducting these accelerated courses (or any of my training for that matter). I had a student run off the runway and collapse a landing gear but nobody was injured and the plane was repaired a few days later at minimal cost.
I am only able to achieve the above completion rates due to a number of factors in addition to the aforementioned such as: maintenance- I have a top notch maintenance team whom i have been using for nearly ten years now and all of my aircraft are maintained to impeccable standards that are unusual in the aviation industry. If anything does happen to any of my planes, our team is on top of them immediately and returns them to service as quickly as humanly possible. Weather- flying out of las Vegas definitely has its perks, like the best flying weather in all of the united states! We can pretty much fly 364 days a year here for the most part so it’s usually not an issue at all! Experience- I have been conducting flight training for over ten year and have been doing primarily accelerated training for most of that time. I have amassed nearly 12,000 hours of time in the air!! So I know a little bit:) Examiners- I have been using the same examiners for years now and have a good working relationship with them so that we may schedule my students on very short notice (very important!).
All in all, it’s a very streamlined process when you use us for your accelerated flight training. With the proper preparation and a little bit of effort, you too can get back on the plane home with your license in hand in about ten days or less. Please feel free to call me on my cell at 702-504-6376 if you would like to discuss your options or set up a training date. Hope to talk to you soon!

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!


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