What Pilots Have to Say About our Instructors
The AST G1000 simulator is an accurate G1000 sim.
Best Aviation Safety Investment in years! Say goodbye to the national aircraft simulator training folks. Let’s face it: the big companies focus on the clients with big jets. They either have outdated, malfunctioning simulators, and/or low time instructors that have little or no experience in piston twins. Hands down Aircraft Simulator Training has the best equipment, and by far the best training for those of us with piston twins. Their motion simulator is state of the art. Their instructors have thousands of hours of real world experience. I can say without question, working with these folks gave me the best general aviation training experience in over 8,000 hours of flying. I can unequivocally recommend them to anyone.
They can fail systems that you think would never fail. This is the way to learn how to handle emergencies.
Love the new machine. We flew the “Miracle on the Hudson” and I swear once we ditched the jet it started rocking gently like a boat. Very realistic….and FUN!
I have found this simulator invaluable. There is no dead time when you are working on a specific skill.
I was sweating bullets, but I learned the proper way to keep my 310 in the air on one engine.
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.
They told me the sim was more difficult but when I got in the plane it would be easier. Boy were they right.
I just wanted to see what the facility and sims were like so I booked the day single engine. They showed me things I had never learned on holding attitude and direction on one engine.
I am a female flight instructor who flies a corporate 421C. I trained with AST for my initial 421C insurance qualification.Rick drilled over and over low altitude engine loss and his procedure of ‘stabilize the aircraft’ first.I left KSVE (4,100 feet MSL) and at 200 feet AGL the right engine begin to fail. The aircraft yawed – manifold and rpm began to drop. I feathered the right engine and worked 0 VSI and stabilized speed at 90 knots. I slowly turned back to airport into dead engine (yes dead engine as turning engine makes the turn) using no rudder. My passenger and I landed safely. I just kept remembering what Rick had taught me over and over during the failure.
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 law firm also represents injured passengers in commercial and air carrier operations. 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, as well as numerous hours in King Airs and Cessna Citations. 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.