"I just wanted to tell you how lucky I am to have an instructor with your knowledge, skills, insight and experience. I can't imagine having done the training with anyone else."
With over 11,000 hours and 10,000 landings instructed in the Cirrus SR22, Laurence Balter, CSIP, ATP, CFII is recognized globally in the Cirrus community. A frequent speaker at FAA WINGS safety seminars he has raised awareness of Angle of Attack to the General Aviation community. Critical to flight safety of flight, Angle of Attack is now a requirement to be understood and discussed in flight reviews by all US licensed pilots.
At Maui Flight Academy, we produce the highest quality and safest pilot that you can become. Not everyone makes the cut.
One of the fundamental differences of your training versus other mainland civilian schools is the emphasis placed on Angle of Attack (AoA).
AoA is the primary instrument used by military pilots for safety, precision and control. Most recently the NTSB, FAA, Boeing and NASA (read the respective report links) recommend that all pilots train and learn AoA, just like the military.
When you are trained at Maui Flight Academy, you'll find yourself at a special place. You will be transformed as an aviator, and find out very quickly that you are in elite company.
U.S. Navy and Air Force pilots are trained extensively on Angle of Attack from the first day of class, as it becomes the life blood for the rest of their flying career. Utilizing AoA from the very beginning, our students benefit from a proven methodology and safety that sets the foundation of the world's best pilots.
By the end of your training, you will become a member, and proudly call yourself an Angle of Attack trained Aviator™.
For busy professionals we offer a full time once-in-a-lifetime training experience:
The Executive Private Pilot™
The program is designed for a minimum of 3 sorties per day with ground school starting at 8:30am. You will complete the day at 3:30pm. But it doesn't stop there. Homework is assigned each evening and an oral briefing is conducted the next morning. Each sortie is briefed and de-briefed. This is no walk in the park. Your days and nights will be fully occupied.
You will be challenged, as high expectations are met.
What separates our training ?
Every lesson is video taped and analyzed post flight so the student can view any corrective actions or shortcomings that may be affecting progress.
A pre-check ride exam is performed with an outside highly experienced instructor prior to the actual FAA check ride. This serves to not only finely tune any minor deficiencies but also serves to calm “check ride nerves”. So that your check ride becomes just another sharing of your highly prepared excellent performance.
Another important aspect of our training is that you will be flying the instructors personal Cirrus SR22 aircraft. Not only are you preparing for your license you are also learning how to become a Cirrus owner.
Training culminates with the FAA Check Ride and presentation of your Private Pilot certificate. Congratulations! Now the real learning begins...
*Lodging not included. Transportation is included to/from Wailea area hotels and condos. See recommendations on our Lodging Page.