Owner, 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. Rick has handled numerous aviation accident cases in his 30 plus years as a personal injury attorney. 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.
I train for the innocent people sitting in the back of the plane. It does not mean I do not care about the pilots I am working with but they know what they are walking into when they start the engines, the people in the back do not. They assume the person in the left front seat know what they are doing.
After more than fifty (50) years of flying I have seen good pilots undertrained. In regard to multi engine training, my opinion is that it is too easy to get a multi engine rating. I think it needs to be a license. To be able to take a check ride in a Seneca and immediately being able to buy and operate a Twin Cessna 421C is asking for problems to happen.
I take every pilot and work a plan for them to bring out the best they can be. I make them do two things, one is to drill the most dangerous situations over and over and the second is to make them think. I call the second one the Al Haynes approach. If you are faced with a situation, can you think yourself out of the problem. In most cases, you can, if you understand the systems.
One suggestion I have is an airline approach. I give several air carrier pilots their recurrent. One thing they have in common is that they are taking sim checks on a regular basis. They also fly instruments on every flight. This approach needs to carry over to general aviation. A one day or even a four hour sim check once every six months would add value to safety.
Drilling and thinking is the key to getting rid of the ‘pucker factor.’ The ‘pucker factor’ is when you have a problem and no solution. It means that if it can get worse, it will. This is because the pilot can’t address and work out the problem. To put it simply, I train to get rid of the ‘pucker factor’ when the crap hits the fan.
Training all Twin Cessna pilots
Rick has been flying for over 50 years. He has owned and flown his Twin Cessnas for the past 20 years. He flies them regularly. Rick personally trains all Twin Cessna pilots. With more than 45 years of instruction and over 18,000 hours of in the cockpit flying he teaches to help pilots keep out of trouble
Rick trains pilots to keep them out of trouble. As a full time attorney with a large law firm it is not for money it is for safety. From Boeing 727 aircraft to Piper Cubs and everything in between, he wants to make you safe for the people in the back.
Chuck has a 121/135 background and we are proud to have him work with us. He is extremely knowledgeable in working with pilots on instrument refresher and emergency procedures. Chuck has developed several of our programs where we’ve added training that you cannot get in the plane. The loss of an engine at 100 feet AGL and being able to put it back on the runway, you cannot learn this in the plane as it is dangerous. Chuck works with you to show the correct way to get a 7,000 pound Twin Cessna or a Baron back on the runway. You cannot just “chop the throttles.” Chuck works pilots on high altitude take offs and high airport operations.
Chuck is just a great instructor and really enjoys making the pilots who train with us his friends.
Mike is a retired American Airlines Captain who has flown domestic and international routes for more than thirty years. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and has flown F-4 and F-16 aircraft while on active duty and in reserve status. He has owned several general aviation aircraft including a glass panel equipped P210. He is type rated in the 777, 787, MD-11 and DC-9 as well as the Lear Jet.
Mike’s expertise is instrument training as well as working with pilots in procedures in flying complex aircraft. He is very knowledgable in the Jeppensen charts. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Air Force Academy and a Masters Degree in Management from Troy University.
Mike has developed our successful turboprop program for the King Air and Cessna Conquest. This program is second to none and is not your standard “read out of a book” program. Amount other things Mike is an expert on pressurization and as one of your cabin class pilots stated after his recurrent training, “He taught me things about pressurization that no one ever explained to me. I was doing it wrong.”
Mike gives turboprop training a new and professional dimension. It is not an easy course but it is a course the covers everything in the turboprop aircraft. Flying F-4 aircraft and F-16 aircraft gives him a background in flying high speed turboprop planes.
Turboprop and Jet Training Department
Gary Lash, a retired American Airlines Captain, is our lead instructor and jet/turboprop manager along with Jim Minton for our King Air (90, 200, 350), Conquest and other Turboprop aircraft. He also works with initial and recurrent Citation pilots. Our full motion sim is fully adaptable to the King Air and other turboprop aircraft as well as the Cessna Citation.
Gary has more than 26.000 flight hours and not only is rated as a flight and ground instructor in fixed wing but also helicopter. Gary was a Army Cobra pilot and was an honor graduate of the US Army Flight School. He was an instructor in the UH-1. Gary continues to fly the turboprop aircraft he instructs on at AST and he instructs in the turboprop aircraft.
Gary is like all of our instructors, a very caring and knowledgeable instructor who loves to teach. He puts everything he can in getting the pilot qualified and safe. He has that ability to impart his knowledge that makes you feel comfortable in training. He is just a great instructor and a nice guy.
Jim Minton is the main contact person for the King Air, Conquest and other Turboprop aircraft. Our turboprop training has been so popular that Jim’s main job is coordinating training and assisting the instructors in making sure the training that is required by the pilots who train meets their requirements.
Jim is a King Air pilot and has a strong aviation background. Jim works with Gary Lash our lead turboprop and jet instructor setting up each pilots training program and working with our scheduling department for the training pilot.
Jim coordinates the use of our rental vehicles that we have onsite and makes sure that any additional need of the training pilot is met. You will see Jim sitting at the instructor station with headsets on working with Gary who is in the full motion sim with the pilot. These guys make a great team and with two instructor the pilots get the full benefit of our full motion systems.