Timothy Phua on Facebook
9 months ago
10/25/2019, 06:25 AM
While looking for a place to get my CFI Initial, CFI Academy was one of the first results to pop up. Most comments I get from my friends are, "you can complete a course to teach in so little time?", "are you sure it is safe?", "so short?"
While it I had my reservations on the concept of finishing up a CFI training course in a short duration, considering my own predicament, I was glad that I was able to find a course that was able to meet the time I could take off of work.
To prove me wrong, this course did it. The program did it. And behind every successful program is a successful team, led by Prince himself.
While Prince was the one imparting all the knowledge and creating the correct habit patterns from the start with us, making sure we go on the right path to be instructors, and empowering us to take on the heavy responsibility as instructors, I would like to appreciate the entire team, and my course mates for making this happen for me.
Fadi (General Manager), thank you for being so helpful when I was able to finally reach you on the phone. You answered all the questions I had of the program itself, including all the administrative needs that I had. You very smoothly walked me through the process of securing a spot in this highly sought after course. It did not end there. On arrival at the academy, you continued to make sure that we settled in well and took care of all the processes to make sure we were on track and that our course could proceed uneventfully. From everything I have learned about organizations, you are an indispensable member of this team. And to be fair, it was difficult reaching CFI Academy cause I was calling from a different time zone, but I was glad this worked out.
Philippe (flight instructor), thank you for assisting Prince to make sure that we were well prepared for the check ride by flying with us and bringing us to the level required for evaluation. But you did not stop there. While you were flying with us and getting us used to the right seat, you used every opportunity to teach us how to teach while making sure that we were well oriented to the training area where we would train and take the check ride. I would not have been able to be caught up to speed on all the maneuvers, if not for you refreshing or introducing them to me. (little background - I have not seen some of the commercial maneuvers before I arrived as I took a different path for my Commercial)
With the support of these two wonderful people, Prince was able to focus on providing instruction to the class with flying happening concurrently. With the wealth of experience Prince has accumulated over the years being in the aviation industry, from operating a huge flight school to running a smaller, yet more efficient school of training instructors, Prince was able to very masterfully impart the concepts and application of FOI and all the other technical areas to us so simply that we in turn may use them to raise the next generation of aviators. "Learning happens on the ground" and indeed with intensive ground sessions, good discussion among course mates, and presentations, we were able to absorb, digest, practice, and be evaluated, to improve to the level that we can be entrusted the authority by the FAA to empower more people to become safe and confident aviators.
I am now another one of the many course participants and proud graduate to say that this compact course is not just possible but one of the most fruitful courses you can attend, as long as you put in the effort to prepare, and come with the right attitude. The logistics, the setup, the resources given, is well thought through and while there can always be improvements, I think what CFI Academy has now is one of the best choices you have for training to be a flight instructor.
And the last and most important part, thanks to all the course mates for the support and wisdom that I have gained from you all. The course would not have been as successful without the variety of students that we had in our class. It is this variety that allowed for us to be able to see things and learn things from different perspectives and spark great discussions. And so, this is another plus to CFI Academy for structuring the course this way, where the apt class size benefits the learning process.