SafeFlight International Initial & Recurrent, Model Specific Flight Training

SafeFlight Services

Master CFI Chuck McGill offers personalized training in a wide variety of service areas.  Each training course is tailored to your specific requirements and aircraft. 

For a full description of each service, click on the links below or scroll down the page.

Advanced Avionics, IFR Training, Insurance Approved

Initial and Recurrent Training Courses

Insurance Checkouts

Centurion Initial Model Specific Training

G1000 GPS/MFD/Autopilot Instruction

Instrument Training

FAA Flight Reviews

Autopilot and Flight Director Instruction

Stationair and Skylane Initial Type Training

Mountain Flying Course

STOL Operations

Commercial Pilot Training

Ground Instruction/Mock Check Rides

Insurance Premium Credit for Recurrent Training

Aircraft Purchase Assistance

Initial and Recurrent Training Courses

Description:  SafeFlight offers Initial and Recurrent training courses in Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft.

One day, two day and three day Initial Model Specific Training Courses and Recurrent Courses are available. The Syllabi for these courses include ground and flight training. All flight training is conducted in the client's aircraft.

These courses have been approved by most insurance underwriters.

Call 619-804-3777 or email if you have specific questions or requirements.

What Is Recurrent Training?

Insurance Premium Credit For Training?

 

Insurance Checkouts

Ground and Flight Instruction

Description:  SafeFlight training syllabi has been approved by most insurance companies for their initial type training and their required recurrent in Cessna and Beechcraft single engine aircraft.

The specific requirements for initial insurance checkouts vary by company and pilot experience and ratings. When those situations vary from the approved one, two and three day course, the training program will be modified to meet the insurance company requirements.

Rate:  Billed hourly at $100 an hour.

Deposit:  A $250 scheduling deposit is required for all courses. It is non-refundable.

Insurance: We must receive an endorsement naming Chuck McGill and SafeFlight International as an Additional Insured on the aircraft owner's policy, and a Waiver of Subrogation for Chuck McGill and SafeFlight International before flight training can commence. This requirement exists for all periods of time in which training in the aircraft will occur, or when Chuck McGill is operating the owner's aircraft on his behalf, such as when conducting maintenance test flights, ferrying or re-positioning the aircraft on behalf of the owner.

 

Centurion Initial Model Specific Training

P210-T210-C210

Ground and Flight Instruction

Description:  This training is type specific to the aircraft you are flying by make and model (e.g. P210N, T-210L, C-210L). Systems covered are for your aircraft make and model as manufactured. Training may be altered to cover system modifications (such as STOL kits, gear door modifications, inter-coolers, auxiliary fuel tanks, engine analyzers, etc) if advance arrangements are made. Flight training is conducted in your aircraft unless other arrangements are made.

Rates: 

One Day Course:  $800

8 Hours of Training

Approximately 4 hours of systems/ground training and 4 hours of flight training

(actual ground/flight training will vary with pilot, weather, etc)

Two Day Course:  $1550

16 Hours of Training

Approximately 6 hours of systems/ground training and 10 hours of flight training

(actual ground/flight training will vary with pilot, weather, etc)

Three Day Course:  $2325

24 hours of Training

Approximately 8 hours of systems/ground training and 16 hours of flight training

(actual ground/flight training will vary with pilot, weather, etc)

Deposit:  A $250 scheduling deposit is required for all courses. It is non-refundable.

Insurance:  We must receive an endorsement naming Chuck McGill and SafeFlight International as an Additional Insured on the aircraft owner's policy, and a Waiver of Subrogation for Chuck McGill and SafeFlight International before flight training can commence. This requirement exists for all periods of time in which training in the aircraft will occur, or when Chuck McGill is operating the owner's aircraft on his behalf, such as when conducting maintenance test flights, ferrying or re-positioning the aircraft on behalf of the owner.

 

G1000 GPS/MFD/Autopilot Instruction

Garmin 1000 - GTN-750/650 - G500/G600 - MX200

STEC 55X/KFC-150/KFC-225/KAP140

G500, G600, G1000 Instruction & TrainingDescription:  Ground and flight instruction on specific Garmin and Bendix/King units is available. If they are not yet installed in your aircraft, we have aircraft available for training with both Garmin and Bendix/King units installed. GPS installations include the Garmin GTN-750 and the G500/G600.

Autopilot and Flight Director instruction is available for the popular STEC-55X and the King KFC-225 and KAP-140. Altitude pre-select operations will be thoroughly covered if installed in your aircraft.  Training is also available on the GTX-330/330es. 

Call 619-804-3777 or email for information about your specific installation and training desires.  You can also download the G1000 Spec Sheet or visit the Garmin G1000 Product Page for more information.

Rate:  Billed hourly at $100 an hour.

 

Instrument Training

Ground and Flight Instruction

Description:  Instrument flight training is provided for pilots with and without instrument ratings.  This is a one-day course consisting of approximately 4 hours of ground instruction and 4 hours of flight training.

  • Instrument Procedures Training

For non-IFR rated pilots seeking to learn more about instrument flying or wishing to enhance their basic instrument proficiency as a private pilot for night flying, etc.

  • Instrument Proficiency Training

For instrument rated pilots who wish to bring their skill level back up to the proficiency they desire, and perhaps with the objective of attaining a satisfactory Instrument Proficiency Check. Training is focused on attaining proficiency levels as set forth in the Instrument Practical Test Standards.

  • Instrument Rating Training

This training is commenced with the specific intent of completing an instrument rating within a prescribed course of time based on each individual pilots goals. Flight training follows the Jeppesen syllabus with successful completions of the FAA Practical Test Standards as the underlying goal.

  • Instrument Ground Training

Arrangements can be made, however, it is preferred that persons actually seeking an instrument rating already have their written successfully passed with a score of 80 or above before commencing flight training.

Rate:  $800 per day. Hourly training available at $100 an hour.

Deposit:  A $250 scheduling deposit is required for all courses. It is non-refundable.

Insurance:  We must receive an endorsement naming Chuck McGill and SafeFlight International as an Additional Insured on the aircraft owner's policy, and a Waiver of Subrogation for Chuck McGill and SafeFlight International before flight training can commence. This requirement exists for all periods of time in which training in the aircraft will occur, or when Chuck McGill is operating the owner's aircraft on his behalf, such as when conducting maintenance test flights, ferrying or re-positioning the aircraft on behalf of the owner.

 

FAA Flight Reviews

Description:  Flight Reviews and Instrument Proficieny Checks are conducted in accordance with the applicable FAA regulations, including FAR 61.56, 61.57, and the Instrument Practical Test Standards.

Rate:  Billed hourly at $100 an hour.

 

Autopilot and Flight Director Instruction

Description:  You can receive ground and flight instruction on specific equipment, which is already installed in your aircraft, or for which you may just wish to learn how to operate, or preview for purchase.

Rate:  Billed hourly at $100 an hour.

 

Stationair and Skylane Initial Type Training

(C-206, T-206, TR-182, C-182RG, C-182, C-182T) Initial Type Training

Ground and Flight Instruction

Description:  This training is type specific to the aircraft you are flying by make and model (e.g. C-206, T-206, TR182, C-182). Systems covered are for your aircraft make and model as manufactured. Training may be altered to cover system modifications (such as STOL kits, gear door modifications, inter-coolers, auxiliary fuel tanks, engine analyzers, etc) if advance arrangements are made. Flight training is conducted in your aircraft unless other arrangements are made.

Rates: 

One Day Course:  $800

8 Hours of Training

Approximately 4 hours of systems/ground training and 4 hours of flight training

(actual ground/flight training will vary with pilot, weather, etc)

Two Day Course:  $1550

16 Hours of Training

Approximately 6 hours of systems/ground training and 10 hours of flight training

(actual ground/flight training will vary with pilot, weather, etc)

Three Day Course:  $2325

24 hours of Training

Approximately 8 hours of systems/ground training and 16 hours of flight training

(actual ground/flight training will vary with pilot, weather, etc)

Deposit:  A $250 scheduling deposit is required for all courses.  It is non-refundable.

Insurance:  We must receive an endorsement naming Chuck McGill and SafeFlight International as an Additional Insured on the aircraft owner's policy, and a Waiver of Subrogation for Chuck McGill and SafeFlight International before flight training can commence. This requirement exists for all periods of time in which training in the aircraft will occur, or when Chuck McGill is operating the owner's aircraft on his behalf, such as when conducting maintenance test flights, ferrying or re-positioning the aircraft on behalf of the owner.

 

Mountain Flying Course

Description:  Each course is based on the aircraft flown and the skill level of the pilot under instruction. Courses range from a one to three days.

Call 619-804-3777 for details.

 

STOL Operations

Description:  Many aircraft owners have STOL conversions on their aircraft, but have never flown their aircraft in "STOL mode". Courses are customized to fit the pilot and the aircraft flown. The purpose is to familiarize the pilot with the enhanced normal operating procedures found from STOL modifications (lower lift-off speeds, lower stall speeds, infinite approach speeds, increased use of flaps in various operations, etc), as well as true STOL operations. Options include operating from soft-fields (grass, sand, dirt, gravel, crop fields, etc) as well as off-airport operations. Courses are conducted within the capabilities and limitations of the aircraft and the operator.

Call 619-804-3777 to schedule a standard four-hour course or to customize the training to meet your learning desires.

Rate:  Billed hourly at $100 an hour.

 

Commercial Pilot Training

Ground and Flight Instruction

Description:  A VFR rating that is undoubtedly the most enjoyable and rewarding training you do as a pilot, whether you have an instrument rating or not, this is where you get to know you are the pilot in command.

This is where you learn the airplane - its systems, its performance capabilities, and its flight characteristics. You learn why the airplane does what it does in a given circumstance, you learn to trust it, and you learn to fly it! And, you learn your own limitations.

While flying you learn the feel of the airplane, you anticipate what the machine can and will do in a given environment, what you can and cannot do with it. You learn where the edge is - and how to operate the machine there, and then how to comfortably transition the aircraft from one configuration and environment to another, effortlessly, and most importantly, with total confidence.

When you know you are ready for your checkride, you will have felt and know the true joy of flight, the bonding of man and machine, and that you are the master of the winged beast.

Rate:  $800 per day, billed hourly. Hourly training available at $100 an hour.

Deposit:  A $250 scheduling deposit is required for all courses.  It is non-refundable.

Insurance:  We must receive an endorsement naming Chuck McGill and SafeFlight International as an Additional Insured on the aircraft owner's policy, and a Waiver of Subrogation for Chuck McGill and SafeFlight International before flight training can commence. This requirement exists for all periods of time in which training in the aircraft will occur, or when Chuck McGill is operating the owner's aircraft on his behalf, such as when conducting maintenance test flights, ferrying or re-positioning the aircraft on behalf of the owner.

 

Ground Instruction/Mock Check Rides

Description:  Ground instruction is available for Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) equipped with GPS, MFD, engine analyzers/monitors, G1000 panels, and current digital autopilots, as well as for single and multi-engine ratings, flight reviews, and test preparation. Especially beneficial to many pilots is the "mock check ride", either oral only, flight portion only, or both, as final preparation for instrument and commercial ratings. Call for specific information concerning your desires.

Rate:  Billed hourly at $100 an hour.

 

Insurance Premium Credit for Recurrent Training

Description:  Some aviation insurance underwriters may offer its owner-pilot policyholders up to a 7.5% premium credit for qualifying formal annual recurrent training conducted with SafeFlight International.

Please contact us directly at 619-804-3777 to determine if you may be eligible for a premium reduction for your recurrent training.

 

Aircraft Purchase Assistance

With over 30 years of experience purchasing aircraft, he can assist you in determining the aircraft make and model that best suits your needs. Then, once that decision has been reached, Chuck will assist you with finding, selecting and inspecting "your" airplane.

  1. Determine which specific aircraft meets your mission profile and desires
  2. Review aircraft logs and advise you on any questions that arise, prepare a list of questions for the seller to answer and discuss with seller if you desire.
  3. Review the POH/AFM for all appropriate changes and supplements of optional equipment
  4. Perform a visual inspection externally and internally for defects — in many cases this can be done with photographs after advising the seller on the specific photographs desired
  5. Discuss any aircraft damage issues with your and/or the seller
  6. Make you aware of common problems of various installed equipment
  7. Be a sounding board for cost versus benefit of particular items
  8. Utilizing a proprietary pre-buy airborne flight check list, actually test fly the airplane and determine what is working correctly in the airplane and what isn't. This includes engine performance, landing gear, flight controls, flaps, and ALL optional installed equipment (such as supplement lighting, fuel tanks, anti-ice systems, etc) and avionics.
  9. Provide opinions relating to actual buying price after reviewing all of the above

Sometimes it is best to put a third party into the buying process, as he becomes your advocate and can question and negotiate on your behalf. You can still make the decisions, but your purchasing advocate can take the tough questions to the seller and/or can give you the questions if you wish to negotiate directly without a buffer.

Rate:  Billed hourly at $125 an hour.

 

What is Recurrent Training?

Proficiency, rather than hours logged, is a primary and essential ingredient in air safety. Many pilots seem to view recurrent training as a specific mandated training requirement such as a Flight Review (FAR 61.56), or the Instrument Proficiency Check (FAR 61.57d), and that is the only training they perform after receiving their last rating.

Routine flights do not prepare a pilot for unusual situations, whether they are unexpected crosswinds or systems/engine anomalies. Professional pilots receive regular recurrent training to include emergency procedures whether they fly as an astronaut, an airline pilot, a military pilot, a law enforcement pilot, an EMS, charter or corporate pilot. Some of their training is FAA mandated, some company mandated, and some is pilot requested. Professional pilots emphasize, and statistics show, demanding recurrent training is a vital factor in safe aircraft operations.

The professional pilots' periodic training is required to enhance their aviation knowledge and skills, train on new equipment or avionics, learn new and revised regulations and procedures, and ensure a certain level of proficiency is present. Most of these pilots receive training at least once every six months, certainly not at the twenty-four month interval allowed for a Flight Review.

Statistics affirm that the lowest fatal accident rate is coincident with those pilots undergoing regular recurrent training programs. If recurrent training is important to those who fly regularly, it makes sense that it is even more critical for those who don't. How much has your skill level deteriorated since you received your last rating or even the last time you flew? How does the combination of lack of proficiency in the aircraft with its avionics combined with uncertainty, fatigue, and emotional pressure weigh on the infrequent pilot? Acknowledging your own proficiency and knowledge limitations is as important as understanding the systems and limitations of your aircraft.

History has repeatedly shown that an accident is rarely a single overwhelming event but often a series of seemingly benign occurrences prior to or during the flight that conclude with a devastating end. This is the "chain of events" that the pilot just does not see because their proficiency level is so low.

Recurrent training can pay dividends for pilots by enhancing their knowledge, increasing their proficiency, reaffirming their confidence and, moreover, because a positive flight outcome can be more reasonably assured.

Recurrent training is so important that some insurance underwriters offer up to 7.5% premium credit for qualified annual recurrent training. The savings on insurance may even cover the costs of the proficiency training. A sure win for all!

Schedule a recurrent training session at least once a quarter so that you can keep your aviation knowledge and aeronautical skills at a level you can feel good about before you next take your family, friends, or business associates on a flight.