What Pilots Have to Say About our Instructors
“They can fail systems that you think would never fail. This is the way to learn how to handle emergencies.”
“I could never land my Mooney consistently. I was either too fast and bounced or too slow and bounced. I also put it on the nose wheel a couple of times. Rick showed me it was all about the ‘picture’ not just the speed.”
“The method of an engine failure on a multi engine aircraft is fine for a check ride but in real life you better have it nailed. I got worked out on the “steps” to doing it right. Thanks Rick.”
“Consistency on the gauges in instrument conditions was lacking. No one ever talked to me in training about ‘attitude instruments’. I worked with Rick for two hours and I was shocked how it became second nature to fly the instruments and put the plane where I wanted it to go.”
Steve is the best. He makes work fun.
“Let the guys give you instrument proficiency or instrument training then go fly your aircraft in instrument conditions. You will be able to tell the difference and you become totally confident in flying on the gauges.”
Steve is the best, he has a totally positive attitude.
Steve is so into the SIM and into teaching. It is delightful.
Thanks to Steve and the great SIM you have brought to Sonoma County. I will be using AST when I begin my IFR and Commercial rating training for all the SIM time authorized by the FAA
Steve’s enthusiasm for what he does is contagious.
Rick McGuireOwner, Lead Instructor
Rick McGuire started flying in 1969. He started teaching as a certified flight instructor in 1975. He has a background as a former military officer, an owner of multiple businesses including aviation 135 operations, flight training facilities and aviation maintenance facilities. He has been a practicing personal injury attorney for more that twenty years and has handled numerous aviation accident cases. He has worked with aviation facilities as it pertains to their legal requirements and has been a television commentator for aviation related topics. He has tried numerous cases and has been involved in multi million dollar settlements. His firm also helps aviation companies as a legal advisor and attorney and has been a coverage counsel attorney for aviation maintenance facilities and FBO’s. His first love has always been aviation and aviation training.
He specializes in Twin Cessna training from 310s through 421s. He also is a Mooney training specialist and has numerous hours training in Mooney aircraft. He owns a highly modified Cessna 340, a Cessna 421C, and a M20 Mooney that is used for training and other aircraft. He also trains instrument students and conducts Instrument Competency Checks and Instrument Proficiency Checks.
Rick is a single engine, multi engine, instrument flight instructor who has numerous hours in Piper Navajo, Beechcraft Baron, Piper Seneca, Aztec, Piper Twin Comanche and all the twin Cessna aircraft. He is an Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor. He has an Aircraft Dispatcher License for Turbojet Aircraft and an airline background.