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, 3-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.
Flight School Director
A long-time lover of aviation, Connor has always prided himself on his nerd-like fascination with the inner-workings of airplanes. Born and raised on the beach in Southern California, his aviation career began at age 16 in the skies above Zamperini Field in Torrance, CA where he earned his private pilot certificate. Connor attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Flight. While at Purdue, he was one of five students selected to participate in an experimental direct-flow program with Frontier Airlines where he has served as a First Officer on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.
With 1000 hours of flight time in Cirrus SR series aircraft, he has extensive experience in all environments from the mountains of California to the chaotic airspace of the Northeast. From instruction to airline flying and beyond, Connor’s professional aviation background is an important part of his instructional method. A focus on real-world training scenarios and strong safety discipline are hallmarks of his teaching style.
In his free time, Connor enjoys volunteering. He is the Editor of the National Gay Pilot’s Association newsletter, an event host at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and an Advisor for the Purdue chapter of his fraternity. He also enjoys spending time with friends at his home in Center City Philadelphia.