Mike began his flying career 40 years ago. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot who has been a flight instructor for many years. He is an MEI and particularly enjoys doing multi-engine training.
Mike was co-owner of Westfield Flight Academy at Westfield Barnes Airport, Westfield, MA for 16 years. The flight school was an approved Part 141 school. Mike has flown jump planes for skydivers, ferried airplanes all around the country, flew Part 135 operations, corporate operations in a Lear 31A and has been flight instructing for many years. He has over 8,000 hours in many different types of airplanes.
Although Mike has been instructing for many years he still gets excited when a student solos or passes their checkride. Mike was an adjunct professor for the aviation program at Westfield State University for 10 years. He is also a lawyer in Springfield, MA and one of his practice areas is aviation law. He has been a Panel Attorney for the AOPA Legal Plan for 16 years. Other than Massachusetts, he has represented clients from Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey.
Mike has been flying for a long time but loves it today as much as the day he first soloed. He is patient with students, encourages them, is very knowledgeable and willing to spend as much time with a student as he/she needs.
Leo Started flying in 1970 and earned his Private Pilot Certificate in 1971. Since then he has completed Flight Instructor with Instrument, ATP single engine and Commercial Pilot Multi Engine.
He has accumulated over 4500 hours of flight time with over 3000 hours of instruction given. He is familiar with Technically Advanced Aircraft.
He recently completed his A&P training.
His longest flight was from KMMV McMinnville OR to 7B6 in a Piper Archer. He regularly flies the eastern US from Fl to IL and AL with clients in high performance piston aircraft.