The Big Weekend – OCEAN CITY AIRSHOW and FATHERS DAY

Tangier Island

tangier-02Departing the shoreline on this perfect Tuesday afternoon, cruising at forty five hundred feet, perfect blue skies above and endless seas below. Gazing ahead, at first looking like a shadow, we can make out the first traces of the small island on the endless horizon. Slowly, the island takes shape as we get closer and begin our descent. Now we begin to see some small buildings dotting the landscape. A few minutes later, coming abeam the island, for the first time, we see the runway running along the western edge. Beginning our right turn to final, we descend and touch down and taxi to the ramp area. Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of your Ocean City based flight crew we would like to welcome you to Tangier Island, Virginia!

How special is aviation that we can access magical places like Tangier Island, elevation 3 feet and sinking, population 727, less than one mile long and just a quarter mile wide. No bridges, no cars, just golf carts and scooters. No cell service… Transportation off the island… just two scheduled boats a day and a twenty five hundred foot runway that allows aviators to visit all year around.

Tangier Island has to be the most unique destination I have ever flown to, completely isolated and yet less than sixty miles from our Ocean City airport. How special to meet the great folks that call Tangier home and enjoying and the best crab cakes I ever tasted at Lorraine’s café, just a short walk from the airfield.

Late in the day, as relaxed as I can ever be… it is back to the airport, preflight our aircraft and depart back to the real world. Last flight from Tangier… Kind of sounds like a Humphry Bogart movie… And that’s the way it should be… Tangier Island is a wonderful beautiful throwback to a bygone era.

Just one of the reasons that I fly!

Peter Roberts

Congratulations go out to Peter Roberts who has just earned his ATP and with that, will now be moving on to an airline career, flying an RJ for Republic Airways. So happy that you have accomplished your dream. So many of our flight academy graduates are now among the flight crews of airlines all around the world. And each graduate defines, in their own way, defines who we are as a flight academy.

We wish Pete the best as he continues on his career path, onward and upward!

Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion…

img_1477Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion of the Ramapo Valley Airport where I learned to fly 43 years ago. How great it was to once again see Bill Savage, my first flight instructor. Spent four hours reminiscing about how it was all that time ago. And could not help thinking how similar to our student experiences today. Departing Caldwell Airport in New Jersey the following morning, the morning fog hugging the ground, the stillness, the perfection. Could not help but think back, all those years ago.. Thanks Bill for having the patience to introduce this world of aviation to a kid who up until that point had nothing but a dream.

Passing Atlantic City, the morning fog behind now, the Delaware just ahead, just ten minutes from landing back in Ocean City. Then, back to work… No, I guess it will never really be work.

Future Airline Pilot

planes lined up parked at ocean aviation

Ask any aspiring pilot what their dream would be and ninety five out of one hundred will respond without pause that they want to be an airline pilot. Nothing wrong with that. As a young man, that was my dream as well.

But there is more to aviation. There is so much more we accomplish on the way up to that lofty goal. I recently addressed a group of general aviation pilots. Every age group was represented. The common thread was the love of aviation.

My first question was who had flown in for this particular conference. Many raised their hands. I selected a young man in the first row. I asked him when his flight arrived and he responded that he had arrived just hours earlier. I asked what airline he flew in on and he said American. Very good. I asked what type of aircraft and he again responded quickly that it was an Airbus. It was an A320. Excellent. Next question, what was the captain’s name? He looked at me with a perplexed look. He had no idea. Ok, I responded, what did he look like? Again, he looked perplexed. He responded that he never saw him. I thanked him for his answers.

Next I asked the aviators in the room to try to identify the person who had earned their pilots license more than forty years ago. Two gentlemen and an older woman raised their hands. Ok, how about fifty years ago. One gentleman remained with his hand held high. Do you mind if I ask you some questions? He responded affirmatively so I continued. What year did you learn to fly, I asked. He responded 1964. Do you recall your first flight instructor’s name? He didn’t even have to think about it. “That was Gene Henry”. “Can you tell me a little about Gene, I inquired”. “Oh sure”, came the response, “I’ll never forget old Gene”. “What a great guy”. “Used to sit in that old Cessna 140 and scream at me whenever I did anything wrong but then we would get back to the barn and he would sit down and heat up a can of soup and we would share it as he told me all the things I did wrong and the few things I did right”. “Can you tell me anything else about Gene”, I asked? “Well, I still remember that old worn leather jacket he wore”. “And those suspenders”. “Hell, I thought he was the world’s greatest pilot”.

My message to all those flight instructors rushing through their required fifteen hundred hours and dreaming of flying the heavy iron is, slow down and enjoy this moment! You are creating those memories for new aviators right now. You will be remembered and memorialized by your students. Remember that the groundwork you put in place today will be the basis for what these future aviators do in the future. As instructors, we have the ability to make an impression on future aviators that can last a lifetime. You might spend the next forty years on the flight deck of some big Boeing of Airbus, and I am taking nothing away from an airline pilot career but, in my opinion, the real contribution you make to aviation will be in the right seat of the Cessna or Cherokee, sharing your love of flight, and making an indelible impression on your students.

Happy New Year! Beginning in 2016.. Fly outs and Ground School!

What are you doing on Sunday mornings? Let’s have some fun. Student or certificated pilot, do you want to experience the camaraderie of hanging out with your fellow aviators? Or, just need a reason to fly? Beginning in 2016, we will be organizing Sunday morning fly outs to interesting destinations. Fly out breakfasts, aviation museums, sightseeing.. We will be kicking it off on Sunday, January 10th with our first fly out. Be with us as we launch from Ocean City to our first fly out destination. Your airplane or ours. Or share a plane with another aviator. Let’s go have some fun!

Also, starting in 2016, we will be hosting a ground school every Wednesday evening for 6pm to 8pm. Join the group as we discuss weather, flight planning’s, FAR’s, weather and a variety of topics students need to know. Any student that is enrolled in our flight training is welcome to attend. Additionally, all past students are welcome so great opportunity to brush up.

Let us know if you would like to be placed on our list for either fly out information or to register for our ground school.

Late summer, Early Fall

ocean aviation pilot flying mall airplane in sky

Late summer and Early Fall are perhaps one of the best times to fly here on the eastern shore. Temperatures cool and skies clear. Visibilities become crystal clear. Call or stop in at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy and find out how easy it would be to earn your private pilot certificate.

We have the staff available to answer all your questions. Always dreamed of learning to fly? Why not right now! Never a better time or a better place to learn than our FAA approved flight academy. We are approved to accept Veterans Administration Benefits.

Whether you are training for fun or to prepare for that new career, there is no place better to train than on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy.
Not a US citizen. No worries. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is SEVIS approved to accept international students. So contact us and let’s get you in the air..

The Long Cross Country

Micheal Freed and Tony Woody standing in Ocean Aviation office in Ocean City MD

Among the requirements for the private pilot certificate is a requirement to fly a long cross country. Candidates must fly one cross country flight of more than one hundred nautical miles.

Tony Woody completed his long cross country last week, planning his flight from the Ocean City Airport, across the Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. After a brief stop, Tony continued to Summit Airport in Delaware before turning towards home.

The trip covered over 170 miles and Tony used deed reckoning, pilotage and VOR navigation to complete the trip. All private pilot candidates are required to complete a long cross country. We believe the long cross country our students complete is over some of the most beautiful scenic areas imaginable. Flying high over the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, tracing the historic Delaware River is simply unimaginable until you have done it for yourself. We believe this is the first time our students truly understand the freedom of flight.

Above: Tony Woody debriefs with Chief Instructor Mike Freed upon completion of his long cross country flight.

Congratulations to Kevin and John

Kevin Standford standing next to pilot shaking hands after first solo flight with Ocean Aviation Flight School

Seems like the traffic pattern here at the Ocean City Airport is full of our flight students well on their way to living their dream.

Kevin Stanford became the latest to take that very memorable step of flying an aircraft for the first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

John Townes impressed us all with his first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

Congratulations, Jesse Jarvis & Stefenie Minto

Jesse Jarvis former Ocean Aviation Student standing next to pilot shaking hand in front of plane

We are proud to report that one of our students, Jesse Jarvis, completed his private pilot course yesterday. Jesse did a really great job and has now net his goal of becoming a private pilot. Jesse has joined the Coast Guard and will be reporting shortly so we wish him much luck in his new career.Stefanie Minto Solo

And, that very same week, we are happy to report that Stefenie Minto flew her first solo flight. Stefenie worked hard and she did a really great job. We are happy to report that she is moving forward toward her aviation goals.

Congratulations, Bill Deyhle & Youssef Selim

guy in front of plane after solo flight holding arm and fist up to chest

Congratulations go out to Bill Deyhle who flew to Easton yesterday to take his private pilot test with designated examiner Frank Phillips. His instructor, Mike Freed was very confident in Bill’s abilities so it was no surprise when Bill called to report mission successful. Frank was happy with Bill’s performance and so Bill became our latest private pilot. Youssef Selim Solo 2

And on the very same day, private pilot student Youssef Selim flew his first solo flight in Cessna Skyhawk N8073E. Each of his three solo landings on runway 32 was flawless. His instructor Marc Hutcheson as well as his mom and Grandma were on hand to mark the occasion.

This Sunday is Father’s Day Weekend. I want to wish all our fathers a very happy Father’s Day. It is also once again time for the Ocean City Airshow. The Airshow draws crowds from all over the northeast to see the spectacular performances of the Air force Thunderbirds as well as performers from all over the world.

As a flight academy, we will enjoy the show but our mission is to create safe pilots, pilots who will hopefully spend their entire aviation career minimizing risk. While we encourage all who come to the beach to enjoy the airshow, that is not our kind of flying. We will always stress to our students that safety in flight should always be your number one goal. The flight demonstrations you will see over the beach this weekend will be very different from the flight training we provide.

In fact, for those who come to us for flight training and seem to prefer to show just how fearless they are, we encourage them to seek out an activity other than aviation. Perhaps a nice speed boat!

Congratulations, Michael Boyer

Tangier Island

tangier-02Departing the shoreline on this perfect Tuesday afternoon, cruising at forty five hundred feet, perfect blue skies above and endless seas below. Gazing ahead, at first looking like a shadow, we can make out the first traces of the small island on the endless horizon. Slowly, the island takes shape as we get closer and begin our descent. Now we begin to see some small buildings dotting the landscape. A few minutes later, coming abeam the island, for the first time, we see the runway running along the western edge. Beginning our right turn to final, we descend and touch down and taxi to the ramp area. Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of your Ocean City based flight crew we would like to welcome you to Tangier Island, Virginia!

How special is aviation that we can access magical places like Tangier Island, elevation 3 feet and sinking, population 727, less than one mile long and just a quarter mile wide. No bridges, no cars, just golf carts and scooters. No cell service… Transportation off the island… just two scheduled boats a day and a twenty five hundred foot runway that allows aviators to visit all year around.

Tangier Island has to be the most unique destination I have ever flown to, completely isolated and yet less than sixty miles from our Ocean City airport. How special to meet the great folks that call Tangier home and enjoying and the best crab cakes I ever tasted at Lorraine’s café, just a short walk from the airfield.

Late in the day, as relaxed as I can ever be… it is back to the airport, preflight our aircraft and depart back to the real world. Last flight from Tangier… Kind of sounds like a Humphry Bogart movie… And that’s the way it should be… Tangier Island is a wonderful beautiful throwback to a bygone era.

Just one of the reasons that I fly!

Peter Roberts

Congratulations go out to Peter Roberts who has just earned his ATP and with that, will now be moving on to an airline career, flying an RJ for Republic Airways. So happy that you have accomplished your dream. So many of our flight academy graduates are now among the flight crews of airlines all around the world. And each graduate defines, in their own way, defines who we are as a flight academy.

We wish Pete the best as he continues on his career path, onward and upward!

Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion…

img_1477Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion of the Ramapo Valley Airport where I learned to fly 43 years ago. How great it was to once again see Bill Savage, my first flight instructor. Spent four hours reminiscing about how it was all that time ago. And could not help thinking how similar to our student experiences today. Departing Caldwell Airport in New Jersey the following morning, the morning fog hugging the ground, the stillness, the perfection. Could not help but think back, all those years ago.. Thanks Bill for having the patience to introduce this world of aviation to a kid who up until that point had nothing but a dream.

Passing Atlantic City, the morning fog behind now, the Delaware just ahead, just ten minutes from landing back in Ocean City. Then, back to work… No, I guess it will never really be work.

Future Airline Pilot

planes lined up parked at ocean aviation

Ask any aspiring pilot what their dream would be and ninety five out of one hundred will respond without pause that they want to be an airline pilot. Nothing wrong with that. As a young man, that was my dream as well.

But there is more to aviation. There is so much more we accomplish on the way up to that lofty goal. I recently addressed a group of general aviation pilots. Every age group was represented. The common thread was the love of aviation.

My first question was who had flown in for this particular conference. Many raised their hands. I selected a young man in the first row. I asked him when his flight arrived and he responded that he had arrived just hours earlier. I asked what airline he flew in on and he said American. Very good. I asked what type of aircraft and he again responded quickly that it was an Airbus. It was an A320. Excellent. Next question, what was the captain’s name? He looked at me with a perplexed look. He had no idea. Ok, I responded, what did he look like? Again, he looked perplexed. He responded that he never saw him. I thanked him for his answers.

Next I asked the aviators in the room to try to identify the person who had earned their pilots license more than forty years ago. Two gentlemen and an older woman raised their hands. Ok, how about fifty years ago. One gentleman remained with his hand held high. Do you mind if I ask you some questions? He responded affirmatively so I continued. What year did you learn to fly, I asked. He responded 1964. Do you recall your first flight instructor’s name? He didn’t even have to think about it. “That was Gene Henry”. “Can you tell me a little about Gene, I inquired”. “Oh sure”, came the response, “I’ll never forget old Gene”. “What a great guy”. “Used to sit in that old Cessna 140 and scream at me whenever I did anything wrong but then we would get back to the barn and he would sit down and heat up a can of soup and we would share it as he told me all the things I did wrong and the few things I did right”. “Can you tell me anything else about Gene”, I asked? “Well, I still remember that old worn leather jacket he wore”. “And those suspenders”. “Hell, I thought he was the world’s greatest pilot”.

My message to all those flight instructors rushing through their required fifteen hundred hours and dreaming of flying the heavy iron is, slow down and enjoy this moment! You are creating those memories for new aviators right now. You will be remembered and memorialized by your students. Remember that the groundwork you put in place today will be the basis for what these future aviators do in the future. As instructors, we have the ability to make an impression on future aviators that can last a lifetime. You might spend the next forty years on the flight deck of some big Boeing of Airbus, and I am taking nothing away from an airline pilot career but, in my opinion, the real contribution you make to aviation will be in the right seat of the Cessna or Cherokee, sharing your love of flight, and making an indelible impression on your students.

Happy New Year! Beginning in 2016.. Fly outs and Ground School!

What are you doing on Sunday mornings? Let’s have some fun. Student or certificated pilot, do you want to experience the camaraderie of hanging out with your fellow aviators? Or, just need a reason to fly? Beginning in 2016, we will be organizing Sunday morning fly outs to interesting destinations. Fly out breakfasts, aviation museums, sightseeing.. We will be kicking it off on Sunday, January 10th with our first fly out. Be with us as we launch from Ocean City to our first fly out destination. Your airplane or ours. Or share a plane with another aviator. Let’s go have some fun!

Also, starting in 2016, we will be hosting a ground school every Wednesday evening for 6pm to 8pm. Join the group as we discuss weather, flight planning’s, FAR’s, weather and a variety of topics students need to know. Any student that is enrolled in our flight training is welcome to attend. Additionally, all past students are welcome so great opportunity to brush up.

Let us know if you would like to be placed on our list for either fly out information or to register for our ground school.

Late summer, Early Fall

ocean aviation pilot flying mall airplane in sky

Late summer and Early Fall are perhaps one of the best times to fly here on the eastern shore. Temperatures cool and skies clear. Visibilities become crystal clear. Call or stop in at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy and find out how easy it would be to earn your private pilot certificate.

We have the staff available to answer all your questions. Always dreamed of learning to fly? Why not right now! Never a better time or a better place to learn than our FAA approved flight academy. We are approved to accept Veterans Administration Benefits.

Whether you are training for fun or to prepare for that new career, there is no place better to train than on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy.
Not a US citizen. No worries. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is SEVIS approved to accept international students. So contact us and let’s get you in the air..

The Long Cross Country

Micheal Freed and Tony Woody standing in Ocean Aviation office in Ocean City MD

Among the requirements for the private pilot certificate is a requirement to fly a long cross country. Candidates must fly one cross country flight of more than one hundred nautical miles.

Tony Woody completed his long cross country last week, planning his flight from the Ocean City Airport, across the Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. After a brief stop, Tony continued to Summit Airport in Delaware before turning towards home.

The trip covered over 170 miles and Tony used deed reckoning, pilotage and VOR navigation to complete the trip. All private pilot candidates are required to complete a long cross country. We believe the long cross country our students complete is over some of the most beautiful scenic areas imaginable. Flying high over the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, tracing the historic Delaware River is simply unimaginable until you have done it for yourself. We believe this is the first time our students truly understand the freedom of flight.

Above: Tony Woody debriefs with Chief Instructor Mike Freed upon completion of his long cross country flight.

Congratulations to Kevin and John

Kevin Standford standing next to pilot shaking hands after first solo flight with Ocean Aviation Flight School

Seems like the traffic pattern here at the Ocean City Airport is full of our flight students well on their way to living their dream.

Kevin Stanford became the latest to take that very memorable step of flying an aircraft for the first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

John Townes impressed us all with his first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

Congratulations, Jesse Jarvis & Stefenie Minto

Jesse Jarvis former Ocean Aviation Student standing next to pilot shaking hand in front of plane

We are proud to report that one of our students, Jesse Jarvis, completed his private pilot course yesterday. Jesse did a really great job and has now net his goal of becoming a private pilot. Jesse has joined the Coast Guard and will be reporting shortly so we wish him much luck in his new career.Stefanie Minto Solo

And, that very same week, we are happy to report that Stefenie Minto flew her first solo flight. Stefenie worked hard and she did a really great job. We are happy to report that she is moving forward toward her aviation goals.

Congratulations, Bill Deyhle & Youssef Selim

guy in front of plane after solo flight holding arm and fist up to chest

Congratulations go out to Bill Deyhle who flew to Easton yesterday to take his private pilot test with designated examiner Frank Phillips. His instructor, Mike Freed was very confident in Bill’s abilities so it was no surprise when Bill called to report mission successful. Frank was happy with Bill’s performance and so Bill became our latest private pilot. Youssef Selim Solo 2

And on the very same day, private pilot student Youssef Selim flew his first solo flight in Cessna Skyhawk N8073E. Each of his three solo landings on runway 32 was flawless. His instructor Marc Hutcheson as well as his mom and Grandma were on hand to mark the occasion.

Congratulations to Michael Boyer on his first solo flight last evening. Practicing with his instructor at his side, Mike’s take offs, landings and pattern work were perfect so when his instructor, Mike Freed suggested it was time to solo, Mike was all for it.

Mike completed three solo take offs and landings on runway 32 at Ocean City before heading back to the flight school. Even kept it off the nose wheel! Great Job Michael!

Congratulations, Sally Smith

Tangier Island

tangier-02Departing the shoreline on this perfect Tuesday afternoon, cruising at forty five hundred feet, perfect blue skies above and endless seas below. Gazing ahead, at first looking like a shadow, we can make out the first traces of the small island on the endless horizon. Slowly, the island takes shape as we get closer and begin our descent. Now we begin to see some small buildings dotting the landscape. A few minutes later, coming abeam the island, for the first time, we see the runway running along the western edge. Beginning our right turn to final, we descend and touch down and taxi to the ramp area. Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of your Ocean City based flight crew we would like to welcome you to Tangier Island, Virginia!

How special is aviation that we can access magical places like Tangier Island, elevation 3 feet and sinking, population 727, less than one mile long and just a quarter mile wide. No bridges, no cars, just golf carts and scooters. No cell service… Transportation off the island… just two scheduled boats a day and a twenty five hundred foot runway that allows aviators to visit all year around.

Tangier Island has to be the most unique destination I have ever flown to, completely isolated and yet less than sixty miles from our Ocean City airport. How special to meet the great folks that call Tangier home and enjoying and the best crab cakes I ever tasted at Lorraine’s café, just a short walk from the airfield.

Late in the day, as relaxed as I can ever be… it is back to the airport, preflight our aircraft and depart back to the real world. Last flight from Tangier… Kind of sounds like a Humphry Bogart movie… And that’s the way it should be… Tangier Island is a wonderful beautiful throwback to a bygone era.

Just one of the reasons that I fly!

Peter Roberts

Congratulations go out to Peter Roberts who has just earned his ATP and with that, will now be moving on to an airline career, flying an RJ for Republic Airways. So happy that you have accomplished your dream. So many of our flight academy graduates are now among the flight crews of airlines all around the world. And each graduate defines, in their own way, defines who we are as a flight academy.

We wish Pete the best as he continues on his career path, onward and upward!

Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion…

img_1477Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion of the Ramapo Valley Airport where I learned to fly 43 years ago. How great it was to once again see Bill Savage, my first flight instructor. Spent four hours reminiscing about how it was all that time ago. And could not help thinking how similar to our student experiences today. Departing Caldwell Airport in New Jersey the following morning, the morning fog hugging the ground, the stillness, the perfection. Could not help but think back, all those years ago.. Thanks Bill for having the patience to introduce this world of aviation to a kid who up until that point had nothing but a dream.

Passing Atlantic City, the morning fog behind now, the Delaware just ahead, just ten minutes from landing back in Ocean City. Then, back to work… No, I guess it will never really be work.

Future Airline Pilot

planes lined up parked at ocean aviation

Ask any aspiring pilot what their dream would be and ninety five out of one hundred will respond without pause that they want to be an airline pilot. Nothing wrong with that. As a young man, that was my dream as well.

But there is more to aviation. There is so much more we accomplish on the way up to that lofty goal. I recently addressed a group of general aviation pilots. Every age group was represented. The common thread was the love of aviation.

My first question was who had flown in for this particular conference. Many raised their hands. I selected a young man in the first row. I asked him when his flight arrived and he responded that he had arrived just hours earlier. I asked what airline he flew in on and he said American. Very good. I asked what type of aircraft and he again responded quickly that it was an Airbus. It was an A320. Excellent. Next question, what was the captain’s name? He looked at me with a perplexed look. He had no idea. Ok, I responded, what did he look like? Again, he looked perplexed. He responded that he never saw him. I thanked him for his answers.

Next I asked the aviators in the room to try to identify the person who had earned their pilots license more than forty years ago. Two gentlemen and an older woman raised their hands. Ok, how about fifty years ago. One gentleman remained with his hand held high. Do you mind if I ask you some questions? He responded affirmatively so I continued. What year did you learn to fly, I asked. He responded 1964. Do you recall your first flight instructor’s name? He didn’t even have to think about it. “That was Gene Henry”. “Can you tell me a little about Gene, I inquired”. “Oh sure”, came the response, “I’ll never forget old Gene”. “What a great guy”. “Used to sit in that old Cessna 140 and scream at me whenever I did anything wrong but then we would get back to the barn and he would sit down and heat up a can of soup and we would share it as he told me all the things I did wrong and the few things I did right”. “Can you tell me anything else about Gene”, I asked? “Well, I still remember that old worn leather jacket he wore”. “And those suspenders”. “Hell, I thought he was the world’s greatest pilot”.

My message to all those flight instructors rushing through their required fifteen hundred hours and dreaming of flying the heavy iron is, slow down and enjoy this moment! You are creating those memories for new aviators right now. You will be remembered and memorialized by your students. Remember that the groundwork you put in place today will be the basis for what these future aviators do in the future. As instructors, we have the ability to make an impression on future aviators that can last a lifetime. You might spend the next forty years on the flight deck of some big Boeing of Airbus, and I am taking nothing away from an airline pilot career but, in my opinion, the real contribution you make to aviation will be in the right seat of the Cessna or Cherokee, sharing your love of flight, and making an indelible impression on your students.

Happy New Year! Beginning in 2016.. Fly outs and Ground School!

What are you doing on Sunday mornings? Let’s have some fun. Student or certificated pilot, do you want to experience the camaraderie of hanging out with your fellow aviators? Or, just need a reason to fly? Beginning in 2016, we will be organizing Sunday morning fly outs to interesting destinations. Fly out breakfasts, aviation museums, sightseeing.. We will be kicking it off on Sunday, January 10th with our first fly out. Be with us as we launch from Ocean City to our first fly out destination. Your airplane or ours. Or share a plane with another aviator. Let’s go have some fun!

Also, starting in 2016, we will be hosting a ground school every Wednesday evening for 6pm to 8pm. Join the group as we discuss weather, flight planning’s, FAR’s, weather and a variety of topics students need to know. Any student that is enrolled in our flight training is welcome to attend. Additionally, all past students are welcome so great opportunity to brush up.

Let us know if you would like to be placed on our list for either fly out information or to register for our ground school.

Late summer, Early Fall

ocean aviation pilot flying mall airplane in sky

Late summer and Early Fall are perhaps one of the best times to fly here on the eastern shore. Temperatures cool and skies clear. Visibilities become crystal clear. Call or stop in at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy and find out how easy it would be to earn your private pilot certificate.

We have the staff available to answer all your questions. Always dreamed of learning to fly? Why not right now! Never a better time or a better place to learn than our FAA approved flight academy. We are approved to accept Veterans Administration Benefits.

Whether you are training for fun or to prepare for that new career, there is no place better to train than on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy.
Not a US citizen. No worries. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is SEVIS approved to accept international students. So contact us and let’s get you in the air..

The Long Cross Country

Micheal Freed and Tony Woody standing in Ocean Aviation office in Ocean City MD

Among the requirements for the private pilot certificate is a requirement to fly a long cross country. Candidates must fly one cross country flight of more than one hundred nautical miles.

Tony Woody completed his long cross country last week, planning his flight from the Ocean City Airport, across the Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. After a brief stop, Tony continued to Summit Airport in Delaware before turning towards home.

The trip covered over 170 miles and Tony used deed reckoning, pilotage and VOR navigation to complete the trip. All private pilot candidates are required to complete a long cross country. We believe the long cross country our students complete is over some of the most beautiful scenic areas imaginable. Flying high over the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, tracing the historic Delaware River is simply unimaginable until you have done it for yourself. We believe this is the first time our students truly understand the freedom of flight.

Above: Tony Woody debriefs with Chief Instructor Mike Freed upon completion of his long cross country flight.

Congratulations to Kevin and John

Kevin Standford standing next to pilot shaking hands after first solo flight with Ocean Aviation Flight School

Seems like the traffic pattern here at the Ocean City Airport is full of our flight students well on their way to living their dream.

Kevin Stanford became the latest to take that very memorable step of flying an aircraft for the first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

John Townes impressed us all with his first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

Congratulations, Jesse Jarvis & Stefenie Minto

Jesse Jarvis former Ocean Aviation Student standing next to pilot shaking hand in front of plane

We are proud to report that one of our students, Jesse Jarvis, completed his private pilot course yesterday. Jesse did a really great job and has now net his goal of becoming a private pilot. Jesse has joined the Coast Guard and will be reporting shortly so we wish him much luck in his new career.Stefanie Minto Solo

And, that very same week, we are happy to report that Stefenie Minto flew her first solo flight. Stefenie worked hard and she did a really great job. We are happy to report that she is moving forward toward her aviation goals.

Congratulations, Bill Deyhle & Youssef Selim

guy in front of plane after solo flight holding arm and fist up to chest

Congratulations go out to Bill Deyhle who flew to Easton yesterday to take his private pilot test with designated examiner Frank Phillips. His instructor, Mike Freed was very confident in Bill’s abilities so it was no surprise when Bill called to report mission successful. Frank was happy with Bill’s performance and so Bill became our latest private pilot. Youssef Selim Solo 2

And on the very same day, private pilot student Youssef Selim flew his first solo flight in Cessna Skyhawk N8073E. Each of his three solo landings on runway 32 was flawless. His instructor Marc Hutcheson as well as his mom and Grandma were on hand to mark the occasion.

Another day, another pilot! Yesterday, Sally Smith became our newest graduate, passing her private pilot flight test in our Cessna Skyhawk, N8073E. Her instructor, Marc Hutcheson noted how Sally exhibited solid flying skills and made good aeronautical decisions and her flight examiner, Frank Phillips noted that Sally did a great job during her flight test, flying exceptionally well.

Well done Sally!

Mark Your Calendars

Tangier Island

tangier-02Departing the shoreline on this perfect Tuesday afternoon, cruising at forty five hundred feet, perfect blue skies above and endless seas below. Gazing ahead, at first looking like a shadow, we can make out the first traces of the small island on the endless horizon. Slowly, the island takes shape as we get closer and begin our descent. Now we begin to see some small buildings dotting the landscape. A few minutes later, coming abeam the island, for the first time, we see the runway running along the western edge. Beginning our right turn to final, we descend and touch down and taxi to the ramp area. Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of your Ocean City based flight crew we would like to welcome you to Tangier Island, Virginia!

How special is aviation that we can access magical places like Tangier Island, elevation 3 feet and sinking, population 727, less than one mile long and just a quarter mile wide. No bridges, no cars, just golf carts and scooters. No cell service… Transportation off the island… just two scheduled boats a day and a twenty five hundred foot runway that allows aviators to visit all year around.

Tangier Island has to be the most unique destination I have ever flown to, completely isolated and yet less than sixty miles from our Ocean City airport. How special to meet the great folks that call Tangier home and enjoying and the best crab cakes I ever tasted at Lorraine’s café, just a short walk from the airfield.

Late in the day, as relaxed as I can ever be… it is back to the airport, preflight our aircraft and depart back to the real world. Last flight from Tangier… Kind of sounds like a Humphry Bogart movie… And that’s the way it should be… Tangier Island is a wonderful beautiful throwback to a bygone era.

Just one of the reasons that I fly!

Peter Roberts

Congratulations go out to Peter Roberts who has just earned his ATP and with that, will now be moving on to an airline career, flying an RJ for Republic Airways. So happy that you have accomplished your dream. So many of our flight academy graduates are now among the flight crews of airlines all around the world. And each graduate defines, in their own way, defines who we are as a flight academy.

We wish Pete the best as he continues on his career path, onward and upward!

Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion…

img_1477Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion of the Ramapo Valley Airport where I learned to fly 43 years ago. How great it was to once again see Bill Savage, my first flight instructor. Spent four hours reminiscing about how it was all that time ago. And could not help thinking how similar to our student experiences today. Departing Caldwell Airport in New Jersey the following morning, the morning fog hugging the ground, the stillness, the perfection. Could not help but think back, all those years ago.. Thanks Bill for having the patience to introduce this world of aviation to a kid who up until that point had nothing but a dream.

Passing Atlantic City, the morning fog behind now, the Delaware just ahead, just ten minutes from landing back in Ocean City. Then, back to work… No, I guess it will never really be work.

Future Airline Pilot

planes lined up parked at ocean aviation

Ask any aspiring pilot what their dream would be and ninety five out of one hundred will respond without pause that they want to be an airline pilot. Nothing wrong with that. As a young man, that was my dream as well.

But there is more to aviation. There is so much more we accomplish on the way up to that lofty goal. I recently addressed a group of general aviation pilots. Every age group was represented. The common thread was the love of aviation.

My first question was who had flown in for this particular conference. Many raised their hands. I selected a young man in the first row. I asked him when his flight arrived and he responded that he had arrived just hours earlier. I asked what airline he flew in on and he said American. Very good. I asked what type of aircraft and he again responded quickly that it was an Airbus. It was an A320. Excellent. Next question, what was the captain’s name? He looked at me with a perplexed look. He had no idea. Ok, I responded, what did he look like? Again, he looked perplexed. He responded that he never saw him. I thanked him for his answers.

Next I asked the aviators in the room to try to identify the person who had earned their pilots license more than forty years ago. Two gentlemen and an older woman raised their hands. Ok, how about fifty years ago. One gentleman remained with his hand held high. Do you mind if I ask you some questions? He responded affirmatively so I continued. What year did you learn to fly, I asked. He responded 1964. Do you recall your first flight instructor’s name? He didn’t even have to think about it. “That was Gene Henry”. “Can you tell me a little about Gene, I inquired”. “Oh sure”, came the response, “I’ll never forget old Gene”. “What a great guy”. “Used to sit in that old Cessna 140 and scream at me whenever I did anything wrong but then we would get back to the barn and he would sit down and heat up a can of soup and we would share it as he told me all the things I did wrong and the few things I did right”. “Can you tell me anything else about Gene”, I asked? “Well, I still remember that old worn leather jacket he wore”. “And those suspenders”. “Hell, I thought he was the world’s greatest pilot”.

My message to all those flight instructors rushing through their required fifteen hundred hours and dreaming of flying the heavy iron is, slow down and enjoy this moment! You are creating those memories for new aviators right now. You will be remembered and memorialized by your students. Remember that the groundwork you put in place today will be the basis for what these future aviators do in the future. As instructors, we have the ability to make an impression on future aviators that can last a lifetime. You might spend the next forty years on the flight deck of some big Boeing of Airbus, and I am taking nothing away from an airline pilot career but, in my opinion, the real contribution you make to aviation will be in the right seat of the Cessna or Cherokee, sharing your love of flight, and making an indelible impression on your students.

Happy New Year! Beginning in 2016.. Fly outs and Ground School!

What are you doing on Sunday mornings? Let’s have some fun. Student or certificated pilot, do you want to experience the camaraderie of hanging out with your fellow aviators? Or, just need a reason to fly? Beginning in 2016, we will be organizing Sunday morning fly outs to interesting destinations. Fly out breakfasts, aviation museums, sightseeing.. We will be kicking it off on Sunday, January 10th with our first fly out. Be with us as we launch from Ocean City to our first fly out destination. Your airplane or ours. Or share a plane with another aviator. Let’s go have some fun!

Also, starting in 2016, we will be hosting a ground school every Wednesday evening for 6pm to 8pm. Join the group as we discuss weather, flight planning’s, FAR’s, weather and a variety of topics students need to know. Any student that is enrolled in our flight training is welcome to attend. Additionally, all past students are welcome so great opportunity to brush up.

Let us know if you would like to be placed on our list for either fly out information or to register for our ground school.

Late summer, Early Fall

ocean aviation pilot flying mall airplane in sky

Late summer and Early Fall are perhaps one of the best times to fly here on the eastern shore. Temperatures cool and skies clear. Visibilities become crystal clear. Call or stop in at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy and find out how easy it would be to earn your private pilot certificate.

We have the staff available to answer all your questions. Always dreamed of learning to fly? Why not right now! Never a better time or a better place to learn than our FAA approved flight academy. We are approved to accept Veterans Administration Benefits.

Whether you are training for fun or to prepare for that new career, there is no place better to train than on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy.
Not a US citizen. No worries. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is SEVIS approved to accept international students. So contact us and let’s get you in the air..

The Long Cross Country

Micheal Freed and Tony Woody standing in Ocean Aviation office in Ocean City MD

Among the requirements for the private pilot certificate is a requirement to fly a long cross country. Candidates must fly one cross country flight of more than one hundred nautical miles.

Tony Woody completed his long cross country last week, planning his flight from the Ocean City Airport, across the Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. After a brief stop, Tony continued to Summit Airport in Delaware before turning towards home.

The trip covered over 170 miles and Tony used deed reckoning, pilotage and VOR navigation to complete the trip. All private pilot candidates are required to complete a long cross country. We believe the long cross country our students complete is over some of the most beautiful scenic areas imaginable. Flying high over the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, tracing the historic Delaware River is simply unimaginable until you have done it for yourself. We believe this is the first time our students truly understand the freedom of flight.

Above: Tony Woody debriefs with Chief Instructor Mike Freed upon completion of his long cross country flight.

Congratulations to Kevin and John

Kevin Standford standing next to pilot shaking hands after first solo flight with Ocean Aviation Flight School

Seems like the traffic pattern here at the Ocean City Airport is full of our flight students well on their way to living their dream.

Kevin Stanford became the latest to take that very memorable step of flying an aircraft for the first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

John Townes impressed us all with his first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

Congratulations, Jesse Jarvis & Stefenie Minto

Jesse Jarvis former Ocean Aviation Student standing next to pilot shaking hand in front of plane

We are proud to report that one of our students, Jesse Jarvis, completed his private pilot course yesterday. Jesse did a really great job and has now net his goal of becoming a private pilot. Jesse has joined the Coast Guard and will be reporting shortly so we wish him much luck in his new career.Stefanie Minto Solo

And, that very same week, we are happy to report that Stefenie Minto flew her first solo flight. Stefenie worked hard and she did a really great job. We are happy to report that she is moving forward toward her aviation goals.

Congratulations, Bill Deyhle & Youssef Selim

guy in front of plane after solo flight holding arm and fist up to chest

Congratulations go out to Bill Deyhle who flew to Easton yesterday to take his private pilot test with designated examiner Frank Phillips. His instructor, Mike Freed was very confident in Bill’s abilities so it was no surprise when Bill called to report mission successful. Frank was happy with Bill’s performance and so Bill became our latest private pilot. Youssef Selim Solo 2

And on the very same day, private pilot student Youssef Selim flew his first solo flight in Cessna Skyhawk N8073E. Each of his three solo landings on runway 32 was flawless. His instructor Marc Hutcheson as well as his mom and Grandma were on hand to mark the occasion.

Mark your calendars for the Ocean City Airshow which will take place June 14th and 15th. This year, the Thunderbirds are back so it should be a great show. Once again, we will have our students flying in the airshow so look for our planes flying up the beach both Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to being a Cessna Pilot Center and an FAA approved part 141 flight academy, Ocean Aviation is now a proud member of the Flight School Association of North America. Being affiliated with this group of flight school owners allows us to meet and discuss techniques and trends that have proven successful at other flight schools around the country.

Ocean Aviation will be hosting AEROCAMP this summer. It will be a one week camp for children and young adults, ages 12 thru 18 to explore the vast and exciting world of aviation. Aerocamp will take place July 14th to 18th and then again August 4th thru 8th. Information about Aerocamp will be available on our website shortly.

The Right Time to Fly

Tangier Island

tangier-02Departing the shoreline on this perfect Tuesday afternoon, cruising at forty five hundred feet, perfect blue skies above and endless seas below. Gazing ahead, at first looking like a shadow, we can make out the first traces of the small island on the endless horizon. Slowly, the island takes shape as we get closer and begin our descent. Now we begin to see some small buildings dotting the landscape. A few minutes later, coming abeam the island, for the first time, we see the runway running along the western edge. Beginning our right turn to final, we descend and touch down and taxi to the ramp area. Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of your Ocean City based flight crew we would like to welcome you to Tangier Island, Virginia!

How special is aviation that we can access magical places like Tangier Island, elevation 3 feet and sinking, population 727, less than one mile long and just a quarter mile wide. No bridges, no cars, just golf carts and scooters. No cell service… Transportation off the island… just two scheduled boats a day and a twenty five hundred foot runway that allows aviators to visit all year around.

Tangier Island has to be the most unique destination I have ever flown to, completely isolated and yet less than sixty miles from our Ocean City airport. How special to meet the great folks that call Tangier home and enjoying and the best crab cakes I ever tasted at Lorraine’s café, just a short walk from the airfield.

Late in the day, as relaxed as I can ever be… it is back to the airport, preflight our aircraft and depart back to the real world. Last flight from Tangier… Kind of sounds like a Humphry Bogart movie… And that’s the way it should be… Tangier Island is a wonderful beautiful throwback to a bygone era.

Just one of the reasons that I fly!

Peter Roberts

Congratulations go out to Peter Roberts who has just earned his ATP and with that, will now be moving on to an airline career, flying an RJ for Republic Airways. So happy that you have accomplished your dream. So many of our flight academy graduates are now among the flight crews of airlines all around the world. And each graduate defines, in their own way, defines who we are as a flight academy.

We wish Pete the best as he continues on his career path, onward and upward!

Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion…

img_1477Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion of the Ramapo Valley Airport where I learned to fly 43 years ago. How great it was to once again see Bill Savage, my first flight instructor. Spent four hours reminiscing about how it was all that time ago. And could not help thinking how similar to our student experiences today. Departing Caldwell Airport in New Jersey the following morning, the morning fog hugging the ground, the stillness, the perfection. Could not help but think back, all those years ago.. Thanks Bill for having the patience to introduce this world of aviation to a kid who up until that point had nothing but a dream.

Passing Atlantic City, the morning fog behind now, the Delaware just ahead, just ten minutes from landing back in Ocean City. Then, back to work… No, I guess it will never really be work.

Future Airline Pilot

planes lined up parked at ocean aviation

Ask any aspiring pilot what their dream would be and ninety five out of one hundred will respond without pause that they want to be an airline pilot. Nothing wrong with that. As a young man, that was my dream as well.

But there is more to aviation. There is so much more we accomplish on the way up to that lofty goal. I recently addressed a group of general aviation pilots. Every age group was represented. The common thread was the love of aviation.

My first question was who had flown in for this particular conference. Many raised their hands. I selected a young man in the first row. I asked him when his flight arrived and he responded that he had arrived just hours earlier. I asked what airline he flew in on and he said American. Very good. I asked what type of aircraft and he again responded quickly that it was an Airbus. It was an A320. Excellent. Next question, what was the captain’s name? He looked at me with a perplexed look. He had no idea. Ok, I responded, what did he look like? Again, he looked perplexed. He responded that he never saw him. I thanked him for his answers.

Next I asked the aviators in the room to try to identify the person who had earned their pilots license more than forty years ago. Two gentlemen and an older woman raised their hands. Ok, how about fifty years ago. One gentleman remained with his hand held high. Do you mind if I ask you some questions? He responded affirmatively so I continued. What year did you learn to fly, I asked. He responded 1964. Do you recall your first flight instructor’s name? He didn’t even have to think about it. “That was Gene Henry”. “Can you tell me a little about Gene, I inquired”. “Oh sure”, came the response, “I’ll never forget old Gene”. “What a great guy”. “Used to sit in that old Cessna 140 and scream at me whenever I did anything wrong but then we would get back to the barn and he would sit down and heat up a can of soup and we would share it as he told me all the things I did wrong and the few things I did right”. “Can you tell me anything else about Gene”, I asked? “Well, I still remember that old worn leather jacket he wore”. “And those suspenders”. “Hell, I thought he was the world’s greatest pilot”.

My message to all those flight instructors rushing through their required fifteen hundred hours and dreaming of flying the heavy iron is, slow down and enjoy this moment! You are creating those memories for new aviators right now. You will be remembered and memorialized by your students. Remember that the groundwork you put in place today will be the basis for what these future aviators do in the future. As instructors, we have the ability to make an impression on future aviators that can last a lifetime. You might spend the next forty years on the flight deck of some big Boeing of Airbus, and I am taking nothing away from an airline pilot career but, in my opinion, the real contribution you make to aviation will be in the right seat of the Cessna or Cherokee, sharing your love of flight, and making an indelible impression on your students.

Happy New Year! Beginning in 2016.. Fly outs and Ground School!

What are you doing on Sunday mornings? Let’s have some fun. Student or certificated pilot, do you want to experience the camaraderie of hanging out with your fellow aviators? Or, just need a reason to fly? Beginning in 2016, we will be organizing Sunday morning fly outs to interesting destinations. Fly out breakfasts, aviation museums, sightseeing.. We will be kicking it off on Sunday, January 10th with our first fly out. Be with us as we launch from Ocean City to our first fly out destination. Your airplane or ours. Or share a plane with another aviator. Let’s go have some fun!

Also, starting in 2016, we will be hosting a ground school every Wednesday evening for 6pm to 8pm. Join the group as we discuss weather, flight planning’s, FAR’s, weather and a variety of topics students need to know. Any student that is enrolled in our flight training is welcome to attend. Additionally, all past students are welcome so great opportunity to brush up.

Let us know if you would like to be placed on our list for either fly out information or to register for our ground school.

Late summer, Early Fall

ocean aviation pilot flying mall airplane in sky

Late summer and Early Fall are perhaps one of the best times to fly here on the eastern shore. Temperatures cool and skies clear. Visibilities become crystal clear. Call or stop in at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy and find out how easy it would be to earn your private pilot certificate.

We have the staff available to answer all your questions. Always dreamed of learning to fly? Why not right now! Never a better time or a better place to learn than our FAA approved flight academy. We are approved to accept Veterans Administration Benefits.

Whether you are training for fun or to prepare for that new career, there is no place better to train than on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy.
Not a US citizen. No worries. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is SEVIS approved to accept international students. So contact us and let’s get you in the air..

The Long Cross Country

Micheal Freed and Tony Woody standing in Ocean Aviation office in Ocean City MD

Among the requirements for the private pilot certificate is a requirement to fly a long cross country. Candidates must fly one cross country flight of more than one hundred nautical miles.

Tony Woody completed his long cross country last week, planning his flight from the Ocean City Airport, across the Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. After a brief stop, Tony continued to Summit Airport in Delaware before turning towards home.

The trip covered over 170 miles and Tony used deed reckoning, pilotage and VOR navigation to complete the trip. All private pilot candidates are required to complete a long cross country. We believe the long cross country our students complete is over some of the most beautiful scenic areas imaginable. Flying high over the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, tracing the historic Delaware River is simply unimaginable until you have done it for yourself. We believe this is the first time our students truly understand the freedom of flight.

Above: Tony Woody debriefs with Chief Instructor Mike Freed upon completion of his long cross country flight.

Congratulations to Kevin and John

Kevin Standford standing next to pilot shaking hands after first solo flight with Ocean Aviation Flight School

Seems like the traffic pattern here at the Ocean City Airport is full of our flight students well on their way to living their dream.

Kevin Stanford became the latest to take that very memorable step of flying an aircraft for the first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

John Townes impressed us all with his first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

Congratulations, Jesse Jarvis & Stefenie Minto

Jesse Jarvis former Ocean Aviation Student standing next to pilot shaking hand in front of plane

We are proud to report that one of our students, Jesse Jarvis, completed his private pilot course yesterday. Jesse did a really great job and has now net his goal of becoming a private pilot. Jesse has joined the Coast Guard and will be reporting shortly so we wish him much luck in his new career.Stefanie Minto Solo

And, that very same week, we are happy to report that Stefenie Minto flew her first solo flight. Stefenie worked hard and she did a really great job. We are happy to report that she is moving forward toward her aviation goals.

Congratulations, Bill Deyhle & Youssef Selim

guy in front of plane after solo flight holding arm and fist up to chest

Congratulations go out to Bill Deyhle who flew to Easton yesterday to take his private pilot test with designated examiner Frank Phillips. His instructor, Mike Freed was very confident in Bill’s abilities so it was no surprise when Bill called to report mission successful. Frank was happy with Bill’s performance and so Bill became our latest private pilot. Youssef Selim Solo 2

And on the very same day, private pilot student Youssef Selim flew his first solo flight in Cessna Skyhawk N8073E. Each of his three solo landings on runway 32 was flawless. His instructor Marc Hutcheson as well as his mom and Grandma were on hand to mark the occasion.

We have had a good winter here at the flight academy and our maintenance facility has been busy but the first hints of spring are most welcome. Last week, after completing an evening cross country flight with one of our students, it felt great to open the airplane door and feel the warm evening air. Of course, the snow that arrived earlier this week reminded us that we are not quite there yet.

A lot of people ask me what is the best time to fly. I reply that each season brings its own beauty. There really is not a bad time to fly. Summer brings warmer weather and weather patterns move more slowly, but winter brings those crystal clear days, with visibilities of fifty or sixty miles. The beauty of early spring and fall colors here on the Delmarva is always breathtaking.

My best advice is that when the mood hits you; don’t wait for the right time of year. It is always the right time of year to go flying!

Spring Is Almost In The Air

Tangier Island

tangier-02Departing the shoreline on this perfect Tuesday afternoon, cruising at forty five hundred feet, perfect blue skies above and endless seas below. Gazing ahead, at first looking like a shadow, we can make out the first traces of the small island on the endless horizon. Slowly, the island takes shape as we get closer and begin our descent. Now we begin to see some small buildings dotting the landscape. A few minutes later, coming abeam the island, for the first time, we see the runway running along the western edge. Beginning our right turn to final, we descend and touch down and taxi to the ramp area. Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of your Ocean City based flight crew we would like to welcome you to Tangier Island, Virginia!

How special is aviation that we can access magical places like Tangier Island, elevation 3 feet and sinking, population 727, less than one mile long and just a quarter mile wide. No bridges, no cars, just golf carts and scooters. No cell service… Transportation off the island… just two scheduled boats a day and a twenty five hundred foot runway that allows aviators to visit all year around.

Tangier Island has to be the most unique destination I have ever flown to, completely isolated and yet less than sixty miles from our Ocean City airport. How special to meet the great folks that call Tangier home and enjoying and the best crab cakes I ever tasted at Lorraine’s café, just a short walk from the airfield.

Late in the day, as relaxed as I can ever be… it is back to the airport, preflight our aircraft and depart back to the real world. Last flight from Tangier… Kind of sounds like a Humphry Bogart movie… And that’s the way it should be… Tangier Island is a wonderful beautiful throwback to a bygone era.

Just one of the reasons that I fly!

Peter Roberts

Congratulations go out to Peter Roberts who has just earned his ATP and with that, will now be moving on to an airline career, flying an RJ for Republic Airways. So happy that you have accomplished your dream. So many of our flight academy graduates are now among the flight crews of airlines all around the world. And each graduate defines, in their own way, defines who we are as a flight academy.

We wish Pete the best as he continues on his career path, onward and upward!

Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion…

img_1477Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion of the Ramapo Valley Airport where I learned to fly 43 years ago. How great it was to once again see Bill Savage, my first flight instructor. Spent four hours reminiscing about how it was all that time ago. And could not help thinking how similar to our student experiences today. Departing Caldwell Airport in New Jersey the following morning, the morning fog hugging the ground, the stillness, the perfection. Could not help but think back, all those years ago.. Thanks Bill for having the patience to introduce this world of aviation to a kid who up until that point had nothing but a dream.

Passing Atlantic City, the morning fog behind now, the Delaware just ahead, just ten minutes from landing back in Ocean City. Then, back to work… No, I guess it will never really be work.

Future Airline Pilot

planes lined up parked at ocean aviation

Ask any aspiring pilot what their dream would be and ninety five out of one hundred will respond without pause that they want to be an airline pilot. Nothing wrong with that. As a young man, that was my dream as well.

But there is more to aviation. There is so much more we accomplish on the way up to that lofty goal. I recently addressed a group of general aviation pilots. Every age group was represented. The common thread was the love of aviation.

My first question was who had flown in for this particular conference. Many raised their hands. I selected a young man in the first row. I asked him when his flight arrived and he responded that he had arrived just hours earlier. I asked what airline he flew in on and he said American. Very good. I asked what type of aircraft and he again responded quickly that it was an Airbus. It was an A320. Excellent. Next question, what was the captain’s name? He looked at me with a perplexed look. He had no idea. Ok, I responded, what did he look like? Again, he looked perplexed. He responded that he never saw him. I thanked him for his answers.

Next I asked the aviators in the room to try to identify the person who had earned their pilots license more than forty years ago. Two gentlemen and an older woman raised their hands. Ok, how about fifty years ago. One gentleman remained with his hand held high. Do you mind if I ask you some questions? He responded affirmatively so I continued. What year did you learn to fly, I asked. He responded 1964. Do you recall your first flight instructor’s name? He didn’t even have to think about it. “That was Gene Henry”. “Can you tell me a little about Gene, I inquired”. “Oh sure”, came the response, “I’ll never forget old Gene”. “What a great guy”. “Used to sit in that old Cessna 140 and scream at me whenever I did anything wrong but then we would get back to the barn and he would sit down and heat up a can of soup and we would share it as he told me all the things I did wrong and the few things I did right”. “Can you tell me anything else about Gene”, I asked? “Well, I still remember that old worn leather jacket he wore”. “And those suspenders”. “Hell, I thought he was the world’s greatest pilot”.

My message to all those flight instructors rushing through their required fifteen hundred hours and dreaming of flying the heavy iron is, slow down and enjoy this moment! You are creating those memories for new aviators right now. You will be remembered and memorialized by your students. Remember that the groundwork you put in place today will be the basis for what these future aviators do in the future. As instructors, we have the ability to make an impression on future aviators that can last a lifetime. You might spend the next forty years on the flight deck of some big Boeing of Airbus, and I am taking nothing away from an airline pilot career but, in my opinion, the real contribution you make to aviation will be in the right seat of the Cessna or Cherokee, sharing your love of flight, and making an indelible impression on your students.

Happy New Year! Beginning in 2016.. Fly outs and Ground School!

What are you doing on Sunday mornings? Let’s have some fun. Student or certificated pilot, do you want to experience the camaraderie of hanging out with your fellow aviators? Or, just need a reason to fly? Beginning in 2016, we will be organizing Sunday morning fly outs to interesting destinations. Fly out breakfasts, aviation museums, sightseeing.. We will be kicking it off on Sunday, January 10th with our first fly out. Be with us as we launch from Ocean City to our first fly out destination. Your airplane or ours. Or share a plane with another aviator. Let’s go have some fun!

Also, starting in 2016, we will be hosting a ground school every Wednesday evening for 6pm to 8pm. Join the group as we discuss weather, flight planning’s, FAR’s, weather and a variety of topics students need to know. Any student that is enrolled in our flight training is welcome to attend. Additionally, all past students are welcome so great opportunity to brush up.

Let us know if you would like to be placed on our list for either fly out information or to register for our ground school.

Late summer, Early Fall

ocean aviation pilot flying mall airplane in sky

Late summer and Early Fall are perhaps one of the best times to fly here on the eastern shore. Temperatures cool and skies clear. Visibilities become crystal clear. Call or stop in at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy and find out how easy it would be to earn your private pilot certificate.

We have the staff available to answer all your questions. Always dreamed of learning to fly? Why not right now! Never a better time or a better place to learn than our FAA approved flight academy. We are approved to accept Veterans Administration Benefits.

Whether you are training for fun or to prepare for that new career, there is no place better to train than on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy.
Not a US citizen. No worries. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is SEVIS approved to accept international students. So contact us and let’s get you in the air..

The Long Cross Country

Micheal Freed and Tony Woody standing in Ocean Aviation office in Ocean City MD

Among the requirements for the private pilot certificate is a requirement to fly a long cross country. Candidates must fly one cross country flight of more than one hundred nautical miles.

Tony Woody completed his long cross country last week, planning his flight from the Ocean City Airport, across the Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. After a brief stop, Tony continued to Summit Airport in Delaware before turning towards home.

The trip covered over 170 miles and Tony used deed reckoning, pilotage and VOR navigation to complete the trip. All private pilot candidates are required to complete a long cross country. We believe the long cross country our students complete is over some of the most beautiful scenic areas imaginable. Flying high over the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, tracing the historic Delaware River is simply unimaginable until you have done it for yourself. We believe this is the first time our students truly understand the freedom of flight.

Above: Tony Woody debriefs with Chief Instructor Mike Freed upon completion of his long cross country flight.

Congratulations to Kevin and John

Kevin Standford standing next to pilot shaking hands after first solo flight with Ocean Aviation Flight School

Seems like the traffic pattern here at the Ocean City Airport is full of our flight students well on their way to living their dream.

Kevin Stanford became the latest to take that very memorable step of flying an aircraft for the first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

John Townes impressed us all with his first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

Congratulations, Jesse Jarvis & Stefenie Minto

Jesse Jarvis former Ocean Aviation Student standing next to pilot shaking hand in front of plane

We are proud to report that one of our students, Jesse Jarvis, completed his private pilot course yesterday. Jesse did a really great job and has now net his goal of becoming a private pilot. Jesse has joined the Coast Guard and will be reporting shortly so we wish him much luck in his new career.Stefanie Minto Solo

And, that very same week, we are happy to report that Stefenie Minto flew her first solo flight. Stefenie worked hard and she did a really great job. We are happy to report that she is moving forward toward her aviation goals.

Congratulations, Bill Deyhle & Youssef Selim

guy in front of plane after solo flight holding arm and fist up to chest

Congratulations go out to Bill Deyhle who flew to Easton yesterday to take his private pilot test with designated examiner Frank Phillips. His instructor, Mike Freed was very confident in Bill’s abilities so it was no surprise when Bill called to report mission successful. Frank was happy with Bill’s performance and so Bill became our latest private pilot. Youssef Selim Solo 2

And on the very same day, private pilot student Youssef Selim flew his first solo flight in Cessna Skyhawk N8073E. Each of his three solo landings on runway 32 was flawless. His instructor Marc Hutcheson as well as his mom and Grandma were on hand to mark the occasion.

As I write this blog, it is only three days until the beginning of March. We can already hear birds chirping. Spring is just around the corner.

Seems like the winter just started. While we have had some snow fall this winter, we have not had the blizzards experienced in the northeast. Our flying days this winter have been crystal clear and the beauty of the freshly fallen snow below only serves to remind us of how fortunate we are to fly in the most beautiful area of the country. There is certainly something to be said about being able to train in real world conditions. There is nothing quite as beautiful as a winter sunset here in Ocean City.

Now, as March approaches, so too will the warm breezes. Only a few more weeks until spring. As much as we lovethe warmer temperatures, there is something to be said about the beauty of winter flying, the snow cover on the farm lands below, the performance an aircraft enjoys in the icy cold air, the feeling of warmth as the sun heats the cold morning ramp, the calm, peaceful sunsets, the freshness of the air.

It seems like it will be only a short time now until the population once again starts to increase and the beaches, the hotels and the campgrounds again become populated. The resort comes to life.

Spring is just around the corner.

Flight School Association of North America Annual Seminar

Tangier Island

tangier-02Departing the shoreline on this perfect Tuesday afternoon, cruising at forty five hundred feet, perfect blue skies above and endless seas below. Gazing ahead, at first looking like a shadow, we can make out the first traces of the small island on the endless horizon. Slowly, the island takes shape as we get closer and begin our descent. Now we begin to see some small buildings dotting the landscape. A few minutes later, coming abeam the island, for the first time, we see the runway running along the western edge. Beginning our right turn to final, we descend and touch down and taxi to the ramp area. Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of your Ocean City based flight crew we would like to welcome you to Tangier Island, Virginia!

How special is aviation that we can access magical places like Tangier Island, elevation 3 feet and sinking, population 727, less than one mile long and just a quarter mile wide. No bridges, no cars, just golf carts and scooters. No cell service… Transportation off the island… just two scheduled boats a day and a twenty five hundred foot runway that allows aviators to visit all year around.

Tangier Island has to be the most unique destination I have ever flown to, completely isolated and yet less than sixty miles from our Ocean City airport. How special to meet the great folks that call Tangier home and enjoying and the best crab cakes I ever tasted at Lorraine’s café, just a short walk from the airfield.

Late in the day, as relaxed as I can ever be… it is back to the airport, preflight our aircraft and depart back to the real world. Last flight from Tangier… Kind of sounds like a Humphry Bogart movie… And that’s the way it should be… Tangier Island is a wonderful beautiful throwback to a bygone era.

Just one of the reasons that I fly!

Peter Roberts

Congratulations go out to Peter Roberts who has just earned his ATP and with that, will now be moving on to an airline career, flying an RJ for Republic Airways. So happy that you have accomplished your dream. So many of our flight academy graduates are now among the flight crews of airlines all around the world. And each graduate defines, in their own way, defines who we are as a flight academy.

We wish Pete the best as he continues on his career path, onward and upward!

Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion…

img_1477Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion of the Ramapo Valley Airport where I learned to fly 43 years ago. How great it was to once again see Bill Savage, my first flight instructor. Spent four hours reminiscing about how it was all that time ago. And could not help thinking how similar to our student experiences today. Departing Caldwell Airport in New Jersey the following morning, the morning fog hugging the ground, the stillness, the perfection. Could not help but think back, all those years ago.. Thanks Bill for having the patience to introduce this world of aviation to a kid who up until that point had nothing but a dream.

Passing Atlantic City, the morning fog behind now, the Delaware just ahead, just ten minutes from landing back in Ocean City. Then, back to work… No, I guess it will never really be work.

Future Airline Pilot

planes lined up parked at ocean aviation

Ask any aspiring pilot what their dream would be and ninety five out of one hundred will respond without pause that they want to be an airline pilot. Nothing wrong with that. As a young man, that was my dream as well.

But there is more to aviation. There is so much more we accomplish on the way up to that lofty goal. I recently addressed a group of general aviation pilots. Every age group was represented. The common thread was the love of aviation.

My first question was who had flown in for this particular conference. Many raised their hands. I selected a young man in the first row. I asked him when his flight arrived and he responded that he had arrived just hours earlier. I asked what airline he flew in on and he said American. Very good. I asked what type of aircraft and he again responded quickly that it was an Airbus. It was an A320. Excellent. Next question, what was the captain’s name? He looked at me with a perplexed look. He had no idea. Ok, I responded, what did he look like? Again, he looked perplexed. He responded that he never saw him. I thanked him for his answers.

Next I asked the aviators in the room to try to identify the person who had earned their pilots license more than forty years ago. Two gentlemen and an older woman raised their hands. Ok, how about fifty years ago. One gentleman remained with his hand held high. Do you mind if I ask you some questions? He responded affirmatively so I continued. What year did you learn to fly, I asked. He responded 1964. Do you recall your first flight instructor’s name? He didn’t even have to think about it. “That was Gene Henry”. “Can you tell me a little about Gene, I inquired”. “Oh sure”, came the response, “I’ll never forget old Gene”. “What a great guy”. “Used to sit in that old Cessna 140 and scream at me whenever I did anything wrong but then we would get back to the barn and he would sit down and heat up a can of soup and we would share it as he told me all the things I did wrong and the few things I did right”. “Can you tell me anything else about Gene”, I asked? “Well, I still remember that old worn leather jacket he wore”. “And those suspenders”. “Hell, I thought he was the world’s greatest pilot”.

My message to all those flight instructors rushing through their required fifteen hundred hours and dreaming of flying the heavy iron is, slow down and enjoy this moment! You are creating those memories for new aviators right now. You will be remembered and memorialized by your students. Remember that the groundwork you put in place today will be the basis for what these future aviators do in the future. As instructors, we have the ability to make an impression on future aviators that can last a lifetime. You might spend the next forty years on the flight deck of some big Boeing of Airbus, and I am taking nothing away from an airline pilot career but, in my opinion, the real contribution you make to aviation will be in the right seat of the Cessna or Cherokee, sharing your love of flight, and making an indelible impression on your students.

Happy New Year! Beginning in 2016.. Fly outs and Ground School!

What are you doing on Sunday mornings? Let’s have some fun. Student or certificated pilot, do you want to experience the camaraderie of hanging out with your fellow aviators? Or, just need a reason to fly? Beginning in 2016, we will be organizing Sunday morning fly outs to interesting destinations. Fly out breakfasts, aviation museums, sightseeing.. We will be kicking it off on Sunday, January 10th with our first fly out. Be with us as we launch from Ocean City to our first fly out destination. Your airplane or ours. Or share a plane with another aviator. Let’s go have some fun!

Also, starting in 2016, we will be hosting a ground school every Wednesday evening for 6pm to 8pm. Join the group as we discuss weather, flight planning’s, FAR’s, weather and a variety of topics students need to know. Any student that is enrolled in our flight training is welcome to attend. Additionally, all past students are welcome so great opportunity to brush up.

Let us know if you would like to be placed on our list for either fly out information or to register for our ground school.

Late summer, Early Fall

ocean aviation pilot flying mall airplane in sky

Late summer and Early Fall are perhaps one of the best times to fly here on the eastern shore. Temperatures cool and skies clear. Visibilities become crystal clear. Call or stop in at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy and find out how easy it would be to earn your private pilot certificate.

We have the staff available to answer all your questions. Always dreamed of learning to fly? Why not right now! Never a better time or a better place to learn than our FAA approved flight academy. We are approved to accept Veterans Administration Benefits.

Whether you are training for fun or to prepare for that new career, there is no place better to train than on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy.
Not a US citizen. No worries. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is SEVIS approved to accept international students. So contact us and let’s get you in the air..

The Long Cross Country

Micheal Freed and Tony Woody standing in Ocean Aviation office in Ocean City MD

Among the requirements for the private pilot certificate is a requirement to fly a long cross country. Candidates must fly one cross country flight of more than one hundred nautical miles.

Tony Woody completed his long cross country last week, planning his flight from the Ocean City Airport, across the Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. After a brief stop, Tony continued to Summit Airport in Delaware before turning towards home.

The trip covered over 170 miles and Tony used deed reckoning, pilotage and VOR navigation to complete the trip. All private pilot candidates are required to complete a long cross country. We believe the long cross country our students complete is over some of the most beautiful scenic areas imaginable. Flying high over the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, tracing the historic Delaware River is simply unimaginable until you have done it for yourself. We believe this is the first time our students truly understand the freedom of flight.

Above: Tony Woody debriefs with Chief Instructor Mike Freed upon completion of his long cross country flight.

Congratulations to Kevin and John

Kevin Standford standing next to pilot shaking hands after first solo flight with Ocean Aviation Flight School

Seems like the traffic pattern here at the Ocean City Airport is full of our flight students well on their way to living their dream.

Kevin Stanford became the latest to take that very memorable step of flying an aircraft for the first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

John Townes impressed us all with his first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

Congratulations, Jesse Jarvis & Stefenie Minto

Jesse Jarvis former Ocean Aviation Student standing next to pilot shaking hand in front of plane

We are proud to report that one of our students, Jesse Jarvis, completed his private pilot course yesterday. Jesse did a really great job and has now net his goal of becoming a private pilot. Jesse has joined the Coast Guard and will be reporting shortly so we wish him much luck in his new career.Stefanie Minto Solo

And, that very same week, we are happy to report that Stefenie Minto flew her first solo flight. Stefenie worked hard and she did a really great job. We are happy to report that she is moving forward toward her aviation goals.

Congratulations, Bill Deyhle & Youssef Selim

guy in front of plane after solo flight holding arm and fist up to chest

Congratulations go out to Bill Deyhle who flew to Easton yesterday to take his private pilot test with designated examiner Frank Phillips. His instructor, Mike Freed was very confident in Bill’s abilities so it was no surprise when Bill called to report mission successful. Frank was happy with Bill’s performance and so Bill became our latest private pilot. Youssef Selim Solo 2

And on the very same day, private pilot student Youssef Selim flew his first solo flight in Cessna Skyhawk N8073E. Each of his three solo landings on runway 32 was flawless. His instructor Marc Hutcheson as well as his mom and Grandma were on hand to mark the occasion.

It was a great time last week as Cheryl and I traveled to the Flight School Association of North America annual seminar held in San Antonio Texas. So much great information exchanged between flight schools from all over the United States. What a great group of flight training professionals so willing to share information. We had hoped we would warm up in South Texas but that was the only disappointing aspect of the trip. The weather was even colder than in Maryland.

In spite of freezing temperatures, we did take in a few minutes to see the famous Riverwalk and could not miss the history of San Antonio. The Alamo is a must see. Many seminars were held and the guest speakers were outstanding. We brought back some great ideas that we will be implementing over the next several weeks.

The Pilot Shortage – It is here!

Tangier Island

tangier-02Departing the shoreline on this perfect Tuesday afternoon, cruising at forty five hundred feet, perfect blue skies above and endless seas below. Gazing ahead, at first looking like a shadow, we can make out the first traces of the small island on the endless horizon. Slowly, the island takes shape as we get closer and begin our descent. Now we begin to see some small buildings dotting the landscape. A few minutes later, coming abeam the island, for the first time, we see the runway running along the western edge. Beginning our right turn to final, we descend and touch down and taxi to the ramp area. Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of your Ocean City based flight crew we would like to welcome you to Tangier Island, Virginia!

How special is aviation that we can access magical places like Tangier Island, elevation 3 feet and sinking, population 727, less than one mile long and just a quarter mile wide. No bridges, no cars, just golf carts and scooters. No cell service… Transportation off the island… just two scheduled boats a day and a twenty five hundred foot runway that allows aviators to visit all year around.

Tangier Island has to be the most unique destination I have ever flown to, completely isolated and yet less than sixty miles from our Ocean City airport. How special to meet the great folks that call Tangier home and enjoying and the best crab cakes I ever tasted at Lorraine’s café, just a short walk from the airfield.

Late in the day, as relaxed as I can ever be… it is back to the airport, preflight our aircraft and depart back to the real world. Last flight from Tangier… Kind of sounds like a Humphry Bogart movie… And that’s the way it should be… Tangier Island is a wonderful beautiful throwback to a bygone era.

Just one of the reasons that I fly!

Peter Roberts

Congratulations go out to Peter Roberts who has just earned his ATP and with that, will now be moving on to an airline career, flying an RJ for Republic Airways. So happy that you have accomplished your dream. So many of our flight academy graduates are now among the flight crews of airlines all around the world. And each graduate defines, in their own way, defines who we are as a flight academy.

We wish Pete the best as he continues on his career path, onward and upward!

Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion…

img_1477Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion of the Ramapo Valley Airport where I learned to fly 43 years ago. How great it was to once again see Bill Savage, my first flight instructor. Spent four hours reminiscing about how it was all that time ago. And could not help thinking how similar to our student experiences today. Departing Caldwell Airport in New Jersey the following morning, the morning fog hugging the ground, the stillness, the perfection. Could not help but think back, all those years ago.. Thanks Bill for having the patience to introduce this world of aviation to a kid who up until that point had nothing but a dream.

Passing Atlantic City, the morning fog behind now, the Delaware just ahead, just ten minutes from landing back in Ocean City. Then, back to work… No, I guess it will never really be work.

Future Airline Pilot

planes lined up parked at ocean aviation

Ask any aspiring pilot what their dream would be and ninety five out of one hundred will respond without pause that they want to be an airline pilot. Nothing wrong with that. As a young man, that was my dream as well.

But there is more to aviation. There is so much more we accomplish on the way up to that lofty goal. I recently addressed a group of general aviation pilots. Every age group was represented. The common thread was the love of aviation.

My first question was who had flown in for this particular conference. Many raised their hands. I selected a young man in the first row. I asked him when his flight arrived and he responded that he had arrived just hours earlier. I asked what airline he flew in on and he said American. Very good. I asked what type of aircraft and he again responded quickly that it was an Airbus. It was an A320. Excellent. Next question, what was the captain’s name? He looked at me with a perplexed look. He had no idea. Ok, I responded, what did he look like? Again, he looked perplexed. He responded that he never saw him. I thanked him for his answers.

Next I asked the aviators in the room to try to identify the person who had earned their pilots license more than forty years ago. Two gentlemen and an older woman raised their hands. Ok, how about fifty years ago. One gentleman remained with his hand held high. Do you mind if I ask you some questions? He responded affirmatively so I continued. What year did you learn to fly, I asked. He responded 1964. Do you recall your first flight instructor’s name? He didn’t even have to think about it. “That was Gene Henry”. “Can you tell me a little about Gene, I inquired”. “Oh sure”, came the response, “I’ll never forget old Gene”. “What a great guy”. “Used to sit in that old Cessna 140 and scream at me whenever I did anything wrong but then we would get back to the barn and he would sit down and heat up a can of soup and we would share it as he told me all the things I did wrong and the few things I did right”. “Can you tell me anything else about Gene”, I asked? “Well, I still remember that old worn leather jacket he wore”. “And those suspenders”. “Hell, I thought he was the world’s greatest pilot”.

My message to all those flight instructors rushing through their required fifteen hundred hours and dreaming of flying the heavy iron is, slow down and enjoy this moment! You are creating those memories for new aviators right now. You will be remembered and memorialized by your students. Remember that the groundwork you put in place today will be the basis for what these future aviators do in the future. As instructors, we have the ability to make an impression on future aviators that can last a lifetime. You might spend the next forty years on the flight deck of some big Boeing of Airbus, and I am taking nothing away from an airline pilot career but, in my opinion, the real contribution you make to aviation will be in the right seat of the Cessna or Cherokee, sharing your love of flight, and making an indelible impression on your students.

Happy New Year! Beginning in 2016.. Fly outs and Ground School!

What are you doing on Sunday mornings? Let’s have some fun. Student or certificated pilot, do you want to experience the camaraderie of hanging out with your fellow aviators? Or, just need a reason to fly? Beginning in 2016, we will be organizing Sunday morning fly outs to interesting destinations. Fly out breakfasts, aviation museums, sightseeing.. We will be kicking it off on Sunday, January 10th with our first fly out. Be with us as we launch from Ocean City to our first fly out destination. Your airplane or ours. Or share a plane with another aviator. Let’s go have some fun!

Also, starting in 2016, we will be hosting a ground school every Wednesday evening for 6pm to 8pm. Join the group as we discuss weather, flight planning’s, FAR’s, weather and a variety of topics students need to know. Any student that is enrolled in our flight training is welcome to attend. Additionally, all past students are welcome so great opportunity to brush up.

Let us know if you would like to be placed on our list for either fly out information or to register for our ground school.

Late summer, Early Fall

ocean aviation pilot flying mall airplane in sky

Late summer and Early Fall are perhaps one of the best times to fly here on the eastern shore. Temperatures cool and skies clear. Visibilities become crystal clear. Call or stop in at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy and find out how easy it would be to earn your private pilot certificate.

We have the staff available to answer all your questions. Always dreamed of learning to fly? Why not right now! Never a better time or a better place to learn than our FAA approved flight academy. We are approved to accept Veterans Administration Benefits.

Whether you are training for fun or to prepare for that new career, there is no place better to train than on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy.
Not a US citizen. No worries. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is SEVIS approved to accept international students. So contact us and let’s get you in the air..

The Long Cross Country

Micheal Freed and Tony Woody standing in Ocean Aviation office in Ocean City MD

Among the requirements for the private pilot certificate is a requirement to fly a long cross country. Candidates must fly one cross country flight of more than one hundred nautical miles.

Tony Woody completed his long cross country last week, planning his flight from the Ocean City Airport, across the Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. After a brief stop, Tony continued to Summit Airport in Delaware before turning towards home.

The trip covered over 170 miles and Tony used deed reckoning, pilotage and VOR navigation to complete the trip. All private pilot candidates are required to complete a long cross country. We believe the long cross country our students complete is over some of the most beautiful scenic areas imaginable. Flying high over the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, tracing the historic Delaware River is simply unimaginable until you have done it for yourself. We believe this is the first time our students truly understand the freedom of flight.

Above: Tony Woody debriefs with Chief Instructor Mike Freed upon completion of his long cross country flight.

Congratulations to Kevin and John

Kevin Standford standing next to pilot shaking hands after first solo flight with Ocean Aviation Flight School

Seems like the traffic pattern here at the Ocean City Airport is full of our flight students well on their way to living their dream.

Kevin Stanford became the latest to take that very memorable step of flying an aircraft for the first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

John Townes impressed us all with his first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

Congratulations, Jesse Jarvis & Stefenie Minto

Jesse Jarvis former Ocean Aviation Student standing next to pilot shaking hand in front of plane

We are proud to report that one of our students, Jesse Jarvis, completed his private pilot course yesterday. Jesse did a really great job and has now net his goal of becoming a private pilot. Jesse has joined the Coast Guard and will be reporting shortly so we wish him much luck in his new career.Stefanie Minto Solo

And, that very same week, we are happy to report that Stefenie Minto flew her first solo flight. Stefenie worked hard and she did a really great job. We are happy to report that she is moving forward toward her aviation goals.

Congratulations, Bill Deyhle & Youssef Selim

guy in front of plane after solo flight holding arm and fist up to chest

Congratulations go out to Bill Deyhle who flew to Easton yesterday to take his private pilot test with designated examiner Frank Phillips. His instructor, Mike Freed was very confident in Bill’s abilities so it was no surprise when Bill called to report mission successful. Frank was happy with Bill’s performance and so Bill became our latest private pilot. Youssef Selim Solo 2

And on the very same day, private pilot student Youssef Selim flew his first solo flight in Cessna Skyhawk N8073E. Each of his three solo landings on runway 32 was flawless. His instructor Marc Hutcheson as well as his mom and Grandma were on hand to mark the occasion.

Those of you contemplating a career as an airline pilot are aware that there has been talk about a shortage of pilots. If you are thinking at all that the much published impending pilot shortage is merely a myth, you only have to look at this week’s Jet Blue schedule to realize it is not impending. The shortage of pilots is upon us.

Last Saturday, new FAA regulations went into effect that expands rest time for pilots. Pilots were always given eight hours of mandatory rest after eight hours of flight time or after a twelve hour duty day. The FAA has changed the regulations as of Saturday so that pilots must have a minimum of eight hours of rest, not eight hours between flights. Another words, time counted getting to and from the hotel could not count toward the required rest hours.

Due to weather conditions, and citing the new requirement, at least one airline, Jet Blue Airways took the unprecedented action of grounding all flights into New York and Boston today. Jet Blue cited the new flight crew regulations and their inability to fly the additional hours that weather delays could cause with their current flight crews.

Moreover, Jet Blue is reported to be in a hiring frenzy, trying to attract the flight staff they already need. Clearly, the time has never been better to plan a career as an airline pilot.

Merry Christmas

Tangier Island

tangier-02Departing the shoreline on this perfect Tuesday afternoon, cruising at forty five hundred feet, perfect blue skies above and endless seas below. Gazing ahead, at first looking like a shadow, we can make out the first traces of the small island on the endless horizon. Slowly, the island takes shape as we get closer and begin our descent. Now we begin to see some small buildings dotting the landscape. A few minutes later, coming abeam the island, for the first time, we see the runway running along the western edge. Beginning our right turn to final, we descend and touch down and taxi to the ramp area. Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of your Ocean City based flight crew we would like to welcome you to Tangier Island, Virginia!

How special is aviation that we can access magical places like Tangier Island, elevation 3 feet and sinking, population 727, less than one mile long and just a quarter mile wide. No bridges, no cars, just golf carts and scooters. No cell service… Transportation off the island… just two scheduled boats a day and a twenty five hundred foot runway that allows aviators to visit all year around.

Tangier Island has to be the most unique destination I have ever flown to, completely isolated and yet less than sixty miles from our Ocean City airport. How special to meet the great folks that call Tangier home and enjoying and the best crab cakes I ever tasted at Lorraine’s café, just a short walk from the airfield.

Late in the day, as relaxed as I can ever be… it is back to the airport, preflight our aircraft and depart back to the real world. Last flight from Tangier… Kind of sounds like a Humphry Bogart movie… And that’s the way it should be… Tangier Island is a wonderful beautiful throwback to a bygone era.

Just one of the reasons that I fly!

Peter Roberts

Congratulations go out to Peter Roberts who has just earned his ATP and with that, will now be moving on to an airline career, flying an RJ for Republic Airways. So happy that you have accomplished your dream. So many of our flight academy graduates are now among the flight crews of airlines all around the world. And each graduate defines, in their own way, defines who we are as a flight academy.

We wish Pete the best as he continues on his career path, onward and upward!

Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion…

img_1477Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion of the Ramapo Valley Airport where I learned to fly 43 years ago. How great it was to once again see Bill Savage, my first flight instructor. Spent four hours reminiscing about how it was all that time ago. And could not help thinking how similar to our student experiences today. Departing Caldwell Airport in New Jersey the following morning, the morning fog hugging the ground, the stillness, the perfection. Could not help but think back, all those years ago.. Thanks Bill for having the patience to introduce this world of aviation to a kid who up until that point had nothing but a dream.

Passing Atlantic City, the morning fog behind now, the Delaware just ahead, just ten minutes from landing back in Ocean City. Then, back to work… No, I guess it will never really be work.

Future Airline Pilot

planes lined up parked at ocean aviation

Ask any aspiring pilot what their dream would be and ninety five out of one hundred will respond without pause that they want to be an airline pilot. Nothing wrong with that. As a young man, that was my dream as well.

But there is more to aviation. There is so much more we accomplish on the way up to that lofty goal. I recently addressed a group of general aviation pilots. Every age group was represented. The common thread was the love of aviation.

My first question was who had flown in for this particular conference. Many raised their hands. I selected a young man in the first row. I asked him when his flight arrived and he responded that he had arrived just hours earlier. I asked what airline he flew in on and he said American. Very good. I asked what type of aircraft and he again responded quickly that it was an Airbus. It was an A320. Excellent. Next question, what was the captain’s name? He looked at me with a perplexed look. He had no idea. Ok, I responded, what did he look like? Again, he looked perplexed. He responded that he never saw him. I thanked him for his answers.

Next I asked the aviators in the room to try to identify the person who had earned their pilots license more than forty years ago. Two gentlemen and an older woman raised their hands. Ok, how about fifty years ago. One gentleman remained with his hand held high. Do you mind if I ask you some questions? He responded affirmatively so I continued. What year did you learn to fly, I asked. He responded 1964. Do you recall your first flight instructor’s name? He didn’t even have to think about it. “That was Gene Henry”. “Can you tell me a little about Gene, I inquired”. “Oh sure”, came the response, “I’ll never forget old Gene”. “What a great guy”. “Used to sit in that old Cessna 140 and scream at me whenever I did anything wrong but then we would get back to the barn and he would sit down and heat up a can of soup and we would share it as he told me all the things I did wrong and the few things I did right”. “Can you tell me anything else about Gene”, I asked? “Well, I still remember that old worn leather jacket he wore”. “And those suspenders”. “Hell, I thought he was the world’s greatest pilot”.

My message to all those flight instructors rushing through their required fifteen hundred hours and dreaming of flying the heavy iron is, slow down and enjoy this moment! You are creating those memories for new aviators right now. You will be remembered and memorialized by your students. Remember that the groundwork you put in place today will be the basis for what these future aviators do in the future. As instructors, we have the ability to make an impression on future aviators that can last a lifetime. You might spend the next forty years on the flight deck of some big Boeing of Airbus, and I am taking nothing away from an airline pilot career but, in my opinion, the real contribution you make to aviation will be in the right seat of the Cessna or Cherokee, sharing your love of flight, and making an indelible impression on your students.

Happy New Year! Beginning in 2016.. Fly outs and Ground School!

What are you doing on Sunday mornings? Let’s have some fun. Student or certificated pilot, do you want to experience the camaraderie of hanging out with your fellow aviators? Or, just need a reason to fly? Beginning in 2016, we will be organizing Sunday morning fly outs to interesting destinations. Fly out breakfasts, aviation museums, sightseeing.. We will be kicking it off on Sunday, January 10th with our first fly out. Be with us as we launch from Ocean City to our first fly out destination. Your airplane or ours. Or share a plane with another aviator. Let’s go have some fun!

Also, starting in 2016, we will be hosting a ground school every Wednesday evening for 6pm to 8pm. Join the group as we discuss weather, flight planning’s, FAR’s, weather and a variety of topics students need to know. Any student that is enrolled in our flight training is welcome to attend. Additionally, all past students are welcome so great opportunity to brush up.

Let us know if you would like to be placed on our list for either fly out information or to register for our ground school.

Late summer, Early Fall

ocean aviation pilot flying mall airplane in sky

Late summer and Early Fall are perhaps one of the best times to fly here on the eastern shore. Temperatures cool and skies clear. Visibilities become crystal clear. Call or stop in at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy and find out how easy it would be to earn your private pilot certificate.

We have the staff available to answer all your questions. Always dreamed of learning to fly? Why not right now! Never a better time or a better place to learn than our FAA approved flight academy. We are approved to accept Veterans Administration Benefits.

Whether you are training for fun or to prepare for that new career, there is no place better to train than on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy.
Not a US citizen. No worries. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is SEVIS approved to accept international students. So contact us and let’s get you in the air..

The Long Cross Country

Micheal Freed and Tony Woody standing in Ocean Aviation office in Ocean City MD

Among the requirements for the private pilot certificate is a requirement to fly a long cross country. Candidates must fly one cross country flight of more than one hundred nautical miles.

Tony Woody completed his long cross country last week, planning his flight from the Ocean City Airport, across the Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. After a brief stop, Tony continued to Summit Airport in Delaware before turning towards home.

The trip covered over 170 miles and Tony used deed reckoning, pilotage and VOR navigation to complete the trip. All private pilot candidates are required to complete a long cross country. We believe the long cross country our students complete is over some of the most beautiful scenic areas imaginable. Flying high over the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, tracing the historic Delaware River is simply unimaginable until you have done it for yourself. We believe this is the first time our students truly understand the freedom of flight.

Above: Tony Woody debriefs with Chief Instructor Mike Freed upon completion of his long cross country flight.

Congratulations to Kevin and John

Kevin Standford standing next to pilot shaking hands after first solo flight with Ocean Aviation Flight School

Seems like the traffic pattern here at the Ocean City Airport is full of our flight students well on their way to living their dream.

Kevin Stanford became the latest to take that very memorable step of flying an aircraft for the first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

John Townes impressed us all with his first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

Congratulations, Jesse Jarvis & Stefenie Minto

Jesse Jarvis former Ocean Aviation Student standing next to pilot shaking hand in front of plane

We are proud to report that one of our students, Jesse Jarvis, completed his private pilot course yesterday. Jesse did a really great job and has now net his goal of becoming a private pilot. Jesse has joined the Coast Guard and will be reporting shortly so we wish him much luck in his new career.Stefanie Minto Solo

And, that very same week, we are happy to report that Stefenie Minto flew her first solo flight. Stefenie worked hard and she did a really great job. We are happy to report that she is moving forward toward her aviation goals.

Congratulations, Bill Deyhle & Youssef Selim

guy in front of plane after solo flight holding arm and fist up to chest

Congratulations go out to Bill Deyhle who flew to Easton yesterday to take his private pilot test with designated examiner Frank Phillips. His instructor, Mike Freed was very confident in Bill’s abilities so it was no surprise when Bill called to report mission successful. Frank was happy with Bill’s performance and so Bill became our latest private pilot. Youssef Selim Solo 2

And on the very same day, private pilot student Youssef Selim flew his first solo flight in Cessna Skyhawk N8073E. Each of his three solo landings on runway 32 was flawless. His instructor Marc Hutcheson as well as his mom and Grandma were on hand to mark the occasion.

This time of year, it seems fitting to spend a moment thinking of all our friends and our students and clients that have been a part of our success over the past six plus years. To all those who passed through our flight academy on the way to their dreams of learning to fly, to those who have gone on to fly professionally, we say “Thank You”! To all those who entrusted their aircraft to our service department, we say “Thank you”. To all those who allowed us to share our love of aviation, we say Thank You!

One day in the future, when we look back at our experience here at Ocean Aviation, I know that our real success will be gauged by the great people we were able to interact with and the great friendships we had made.

On behalf of our team here at Ocean Aviation, we would like to wish all our clients a very Merry Christmas, a happy holiday season and a very safe and very Happy New Year!

Annual Holiday Party

Tangier Island

tangier-02Departing the shoreline on this perfect Tuesday afternoon, cruising at forty five hundred feet, perfect blue skies above and endless seas below. Gazing ahead, at first looking like a shadow, we can make out the first traces of the small island on the endless horizon. Slowly, the island takes shape as we get closer and begin our descent. Now we begin to see some small buildings dotting the landscape. A few minutes later, coming abeam the island, for the first time, we see the runway running along the western edge. Beginning our right turn to final, we descend and touch down and taxi to the ramp area. Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of your Ocean City based flight crew we would like to welcome you to Tangier Island, Virginia!

How special is aviation that we can access magical places like Tangier Island, elevation 3 feet and sinking, population 727, less than one mile long and just a quarter mile wide. No bridges, no cars, just golf carts and scooters. No cell service… Transportation off the island… just two scheduled boats a day and a twenty five hundred foot runway that allows aviators to visit all year around.

Tangier Island has to be the most unique destination I have ever flown to, completely isolated and yet less than sixty miles from our Ocean City airport. How special to meet the great folks that call Tangier home and enjoying and the best crab cakes I ever tasted at Lorraine’s café, just a short walk from the airfield.

Late in the day, as relaxed as I can ever be… it is back to the airport, preflight our aircraft and depart back to the real world. Last flight from Tangier… Kind of sounds like a Humphry Bogart movie… And that’s the way it should be… Tangier Island is a wonderful beautiful throwback to a bygone era.

Just one of the reasons that I fly!

Peter Roberts

Congratulations go out to Peter Roberts who has just earned his ATP and with that, will now be moving on to an airline career, flying an RJ for Republic Airways. So happy that you have accomplished your dream. So many of our flight academy graduates are now among the flight crews of airlines all around the world. And each graduate defines, in their own way, defines who we are as a flight academy.

We wish Pete the best as he continues on his career path, onward and upward!

Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion…

img_1477Flew back up to New York on Saturday to attend a reunion of the Ramapo Valley Airport where I learned to fly 43 years ago. How great it was to once again see Bill Savage, my first flight instructor. Spent four hours reminiscing about how it was all that time ago. And could not help thinking how similar to our student experiences today. Departing Caldwell Airport in New Jersey the following morning, the morning fog hugging the ground, the stillness, the perfection. Could not help but think back, all those years ago.. Thanks Bill for having the patience to introduce this world of aviation to a kid who up until that point had nothing but a dream.

Passing Atlantic City, the morning fog behind now, the Delaware just ahead, just ten minutes from landing back in Ocean City. Then, back to work… No, I guess it will never really be work.

Future Airline Pilot

planes lined up parked at ocean aviation

Ask any aspiring pilot what their dream would be and ninety five out of one hundred will respond without pause that they want to be an airline pilot. Nothing wrong with that. As a young man, that was my dream as well.

But there is more to aviation. There is so much more we accomplish on the way up to that lofty goal. I recently addressed a group of general aviation pilots. Every age group was represented. The common thread was the love of aviation.

My first question was who had flown in for this particular conference. Many raised their hands. I selected a young man in the first row. I asked him when his flight arrived and he responded that he had arrived just hours earlier. I asked what airline he flew in on and he said American. Very good. I asked what type of aircraft and he again responded quickly that it was an Airbus. It was an A320. Excellent. Next question, what was the captain’s name? He looked at me with a perplexed look. He had no idea. Ok, I responded, what did he look like? Again, he looked perplexed. He responded that he never saw him. I thanked him for his answers.

Next I asked the aviators in the room to try to identify the person who had earned their pilots license more than forty years ago. Two gentlemen and an older woman raised their hands. Ok, how about fifty years ago. One gentleman remained with his hand held high. Do you mind if I ask you some questions? He responded affirmatively so I continued. What year did you learn to fly, I asked. He responded 1964. Do you recall your first flight instructor’s name? He didn’t even have to think about it. “That was Gene Henry”. “Can you tell me a little about Gene, I inquired”. “Oh sure”, came the response, “I’ll never forget old Gene”. “What a great guy”. “Used to sit in that old Cessna 140 and scream at me whenever I did anything wrong but then we would get back to the barn and he would sit down and heat up a can of soup and we would share it as he told me all the things I did wrong and the few things I did right”. “Can you tell me anything else about Gene”, I asked? “Well, I still remember that old worn leather jacket he wore”. “And those suspenders”. “Hell, I thought he was the world’s greatest pilot”.

My message to all those flight instructors rushing through their required fifteen hundred hours and dreaming of flying the heavy iron is, slow down and enjoy this moment! You are creating those memories for new aviators right now. You will be remembered and memorialized by your students. Remember that the groundwork you put in place today will be the basis for what these future aviators do in the future. As instructors, we have the ability to make an impression on future aviators that can last a lifetime. You might spend the next forty years on the flight deck of some big Boeing of Airbus, and I am taking nothing away from an airline pilot career but, in my opinion, the real contribution you make to aviation will be in the right seat of the Cessna or Cherokee, sharing your love of flight, and making an indelible impression on your students.

Happy New Year! Beginning in 2016.. Fly outs and Ground School!

What are you doing on Sunday mornings? Let’s have some fun. Student or certificated pilot, do you want to experience the camaraderie of hanging out with your fellow aviators? Or, just need a reason to fly? Beginning in 2016, we will be organizing Sunday morning fly outs to interesting destinations. Fly out breakfasts, aviation museums, sightseeing.. We will be kicking it off on Sunday, January 10th with our first fly out. Be with us as we launch from Ocean City to our first fly out destination. Your airplane or ours. Or share a plane with another aviator. Let’s go have some fun!

Also, starting in 2016, we will be hosting a ground school every Wednesday evening for 6pm to 8pm. Join the group as we discuss weather, flight planning’s, FAR’s, weather and a variety of topics students need to know. Any student that is enrolled in our flight training is welcome to attend. Additionally, all past students are welcome so great opportunity to brush up.

Let us know if you would like to be placed on our list for either fly out information or to register for our ground school.

Late summer, Early Fall

ocean aviation pilot flying mall airplane in sky

Late summer and Early Fall are perhaps one of the best times to fly here on the eastern shore. Temperatures cool and skies clear. Visibilities become crystal clear. Call or stop in at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy and find out how easy it would be to earn your private pilot certificate.

We have the staff available to answer all your questions. Always dreamed of learning to fly? Why not right now! Never a better time or a better place to learn than our FAA approved flight academy. We are approved to accept Veterans Administration Benefits.

Whether you are training for fun or to prepare for that new career, there is no place better to train than on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy.
Not a US citizen. No worries. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is SEVIS approved to accept international students. So contact us and let’s get you in the air..

The Long Cross Country

Micheal Freed and Tony Woody standing in Ocean Aviation office in Ocean City MD

Among the requirements for the private pilot certificate is a requirement to fly a long cross country. Candidates must fly one cross country flight of more than one hundred nautical miles.

Tony Woody completed his long cross country last week, planning his flight from the Ocean City Airport, across the Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. After a brief stop, Tony continued to Summit Airport in Delaware before turning towards home.

The trip covered over 170 miles and Tony used deed reckoning, pilotage and VOR navigation to complete the trip. All private pilot candidates are required to complete a long cross country. We believe the long cross country our students complete is over some of the most beautiful scenic areas imaginable. Flying high over the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, tracing the historic Delaware River is simply unimaginable until you have done it for yourself. We believe this is the first time our students truly understand the freedom of flight.

Above: Tony Woody debriefs with Chief Instructor Mike Freed upon completion of his long cross country flight.

Congratulations to Kevin and John

Kevin Standford standing next to pilot shaking hands after first solo flight with Ocean Aviation Flight School

Seems like the traffic pattern here at the Ocean City Airport is full of our flight students well on their way to living their dream.

Kevin Stanford became the latest to take that very memorable step of flying an aircraft for the first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

John Townes impressed us all with his first solo flight in our Skyhawk N64678 here in the pattern at the Ocean City Airport yesterday. John’s instructor was watching from the hanger as he took off, turned downwind, base and final and touched down on runway 20.

Congratulations, Jesse Jarvis & Stefenie Minto

Jesse Jarvis former Ocean Aviation Student standing next to pilot shaking hand in front of plane

We are proud to report that one of our students, Jesse Jarvis, completed his private pilot course yesterday. Jesse did a really great job and has now net his goal of becoming a private pilot. Jesse has joined the Coast Guard and will be reporting shortly so we wish him much luck in his new career.Stefanie Minto Solo

And, that very same week, we are happy to report that Stefenie Minto flew her first solo flight. Stefenie worked hard and she did a really great job. We are happy to report that she is moving forward toward her aviation goals.

Congratulations, Bill Deyhle & Youssef Selim

guy in front of plane after solo flight holding arm and fist up to chest

Congratulations go out to Bill Deyhle who flew to Easton yesterday to take his private pilot test with designated examiner Frank Phillips. His instructor, Mike Freed was very confident in Bill’s abilities so it was no surprise when Bill called to report mission successful. Frank was happy with Bill’s performance and so Bill became our latest private pilot. Youssef Selim Solo 2

And on the very same day, private pilot student Youssef Selim flew his first solo flight in Cessna Skyhawk N8073E. Each of his three solo landings on runway 32 was flawless. His instructor Marc Hutcheson as well as his mom and Grandma were on hand to mark the occasion.

Running a flight academy is always a challenge but it must be fun or we are doing something wrong. One of the most fun times is our annual holiday party. Last Saturday night, we once again hosted this great even right here in our hangar. It’s a time when students, staff, guests and the airport community get together to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the holiday season while celebrating aviation.

It’s probably the only party you might attend during the year when you are surrounded by airplanes. Everyone had a great time and we were so thrilled to be able to enjoy these great times with great friends.