WHY TRAIN TO THE STANDARDS WHEN YOU CAN TRAIN TO EXCEED THEM?
ADVANCED COCKPIT TECHNOLOGY
All of our training and rental aircraft utilize the latest and greatest glass cockpit technology. Their integrated moving map displays, WAAS GPS navigation, XM weather, airport databases, and ADSB traffic all act to support a critical improvement in the pilot's situational awareness. The Garmin autopilot further improves safety margins by reducing pilot workload during critical phases of flight. Our Cirrus Aircraft have the addition of an automatic yaw damper, electronic stability protection, a robust anti-icing system, and a full aircraft parachute system - designed to help avoid dangerous spins and recover from otherwise catastrophic events.
STREAMLINED TRAINING PROGRAMS
The thing about becoming a pilot is that there's a lot to learn - and technologically advanced aircraft add even another layer of complexity. We know that learning is best done in an immersive manner, and our training programs are structured with that in mind. By maximizing simulator utilization and adhering to a strict training schedule - no less than two, 2.5-hour lessons per week in our Sling aircraft and dedicated full-time training weeks for in our Cirrus aircraft - we avoid the traditional pitfalls of poor knowledge retention, underdeveloped muscle memory, and frustratingly relentless repetition with no appreciable progress.
HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTION
The best instructors create the best pilots. And while most CFIs (certified flight instructors) out there are good pilots, very few are good teachers. At Brandywine, a critical part of our mission is to create highly capable, highly proficient pilots; and as such we make it a point to recruit only the most knowledgeable and most effective teachers. If you've done any training previously, you'd likely agree that your instructor defines your training experience, and we want your training experience to be defined as nothing less than exceptional. Given the talent and experience of our staff, we're confident we've got that covered.
FINANCING OPTIONS AVAILABLE
Flying requires a considerable financial commitment, and that's a deal breaker for many aspiring pilots. But here at Brandywine, we've partnered with a local financial institution to bring you competitive rates on personal loans for our private, instrument, and commercial training packages. Because $500-1000 per month is much more comfortable than $15-35K out of pocket. Trying to string together funds as you go - which often delays and extends the training process - puts you on an expensive path to a license. While there's no doubt that aviation is an expensive hobby, the value and convenience it provides are well worth the investment.
A graduate of Purdue University's Professional Flight program, Liz has been flying Cirrus Aircraft for over a decade and prides herself on delivering an exceptional training experience. After six years with a Cirrus Training Center and the subsequent founding of Fly Power Forward, she has masterfully refined the implementation of immersive accelerated training programs.
Flight School Director
Platinum CSIP, CFI, CFII, AGI
Keivan is a highly experienced pilot uncommonly well versed in both the jet and piston worlds. Extremely knowledgeable, technically savvy, and entertaining to boot, you'd be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable person to fly with. His top-notch business acumen brings a practical, steadying hand to our flight school operations. Landing an SF50 at Smoketown? Yeah, he's done that.
ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, SF50 Type
This is Jim. Jim flies planes. He doesn't discriminate on size. Big planes, small planes, his plane, your plane. Pay him and he'll launch that aluminum tube straight into a low earth orbit.
ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, BBD-700 Type
A graduate of MCCC's Aviation Flight Technology program, Brittany has been working in the industry since 2015 overseeing dispatch and flight operations before getting her CFI and CFII. When she's not tied up here as our lead Sling instructor, you may find her handcrafting cocktails for patrons in center city, enjoying a rare day off at the beach, or embracing an opportunity for misadventure.
Ilya got his wings back in Siberia, flying an LSA equipped with skis from a snow covered field. When he is not busy making lobster jokes, he’s constantly switching between his passion for software engineering, flying and teaching.
CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI
Michaela graduated from Villanova University in 2017 and jumped into aviation shortly after. She earned her Instrument rating with Brandywine Aviation and was eager to complete her ratings so she could come back and instruct at her favorite flight school. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing out west in the winter, flying to the beach in the summer, and spending time with her friends year round!
Cirrus & Sling Instructor
Thomas is a current student in the college of engineering at the University of Delaware majoring in mechanical engineering. He has been been flying since he was 13 and has experience in a variety of aircraft. When not instructing, Thomas enjoys traveling with friends, F1 racing and general angsty youth activities. Don’t let his age fool you, Thomas is a wealth of knowledge and a cool as a cucumber.
Graduating at the top of his class from Central Washington University’s Professional Pilot Program, Matthew is experienced with what it takes to set and reach your goals as a pilot. He has planned and logged several across the country flights even including from here at Brandywine all the way to Ellensburg, WA (the long way). In his free time, Matthew enjoys exploring the area and finding new adventures, spending time with his animals, and woodworking.
Sean is a graduate of the Purdue University Aviation Program. He has enjoyed a wide variety of aviation experience. From tailwheel, aerobatic and glider flying to corporate and airline flying he enjoys any kind aircraft he can get into.
ATP, CFI, CFII, CFI-G, AGI, IGI