​​Below is information originating from a training manual provided by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators.
Purpose of a “Part 61” Private Pilot Training Program:

-Develop a safe FAA Certified Private Pilot.
-At a pace fitting the student.
-At the lowest reasonable cost.
-Poised to continue a lifetime of learning.

"During any aviation training program, certain challenges are present. Inclement weather, unforeseen maintenance issues, and varying student availability and progress are some of these challenges."

"Your flight instructor assumes a great deal of responsibility for your training. His decisions will shape your aviation future and will hopefully inspire you for a lifetime of enjoying and learning more about aviation."

Welcome to FLY-ECG

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I obtained my Private Pilot's License in 1978, Instrument Rating and Commercial License in 1987, mult-engine rating in 1988, Instructor Rating in 1994 and Instrument Instructor rating in 1995.  I  have owned my Cesnna 172M Skyhawk since 1995.  I have over 3,000 hours of Pilot-in-Command time.  Over 1,500 hours of that time is teaching people how to fly.  I began flight instructing in Chesapeake Virginia at Hampton Roads Executive Airport; which use to be called Portsmouth-Chesapeake Airport back-in-the-day.  I later taught for about a year at Chesapeake Regional Airport after I obtained my Instrument Instructor rating; more students there.  When Naval Air Depot Norfolk VA closed in October 1996, I relocated to Elizabeth City NC to work for Aviation Logistics Center, USCG.  I immediately began working as a Flight Instructor for Flight Line Aviation.  In addition to providing flight training, I also flew as charter captain for Flight Line Aviation, becoming Chief Pilot for Flight Line Aviation charter operations.  Flight Line Aviation was purchased by Southern Aviation in 2005; they closed a year later.  At that time I took a sabbatical from flight instruction to obtain a Master in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, completing that endeavor in 2011.  February 2012 I retired from federal civil service.  I am now a full time flight instructor, owner/operator of FLY ECG.