“I would love to come back to Sunrise again…”
Sunrise has been the best decision I made with respect to my career.
From the immediate response to my initial email — Nate called the same night — to Jacob’s magnanimously patient responses to my relentless emails about the documents required by DGCA, Sunrise has shown nothing but professionalism and complete dedication to keep their promise to get you done with your course.
The instructors are a delight to fly with. To me, each instructor seemed to be tailor-made for every kind of student that stepped into Sunrise! They have tremendous amounts of knowledge and experience. Add the fact that, in spite of their accomplishments they are down to earth, treat you like a friend and have enough confidence to allow you to make mistakes and learn from them, I could not have placed myself in better hands. One can walk up to any instructor anytime and throw any kind of doubt or question at them. They will always stop to give you an answer. The only thing I have ever heard Jeff say to me is, “You do the flying. I will take care of the rest. Fly! Fly! Fly!”
The course itself is designed to keep you flying . The ‘ perfect flying ‘ weather , the myriad of aerodromes of various classes to land in and with a plethora of aircrafts at your disposal, I had so much fun exploring the Florida skies and constantly learning. Jeff keeps track of every student’s progress and designs our schedule accordingly. People at the dispatch are always happy to provide us with any assistance. Pat and Dave always take time from their busy schedule to give us advice. They not only endeavor to help you finish your course but also observe strict discipline and safety, teach us the etiquette of professional flying: qualities that are of importance for any professional pilot. Plus at the end of the day, the housing provides you with your home’s best comfort.
All in all it has been an enlightening experience and worth every bit of the ‘pocket friendly-fee’ I have invested in my training! I am very grateful to my wonderful instructors Mel – The veteran, Kirby – the perfectionist, Kevin – the all-rounder, Ash – the sim master! Jonathan, Dave, Pat, Devon , Jacob and Zack for their immense support and encouragement.
I would love to come back to Sunrise again, if not for recency then just for the sheer pleasure of flying amidst such a dedicated team!!
“I was one of the first students back in 1998″
I was one of the first students back in 1998. I remember Jeff’s statement of “training a 250 hour pilot with the knowledge and skills of a pilot with 2500 hours”. With that in mind and the training regime we had; when I returned home (Panama), job interviews and simulator assessments were a breeze! Jeff always pushed us to excel!! Early morning sessions of simulator, followed by videos and lectures, flying and more simulator time. The way of combining advanced techniques in early training stages (i.e. we were learning basic attitude instrument flying while doing our private), proved valuable at later stages of training, it made the whole process efficient!! Weather in Florida is excellent for flying….plenty of airports to go to; add to that Daytona, which is one of the very few places where you can get a local IFR clearance, and you have an excellent mix for a very thorough training!!
14 years later, I’m a senior first officer at a Middle Eastern airline, flying the Boeing 777! Throughout my career, I have worked for airlines, cargo outfits and corporate. I’ve flown many types of aircraft and basically, I’ve flown all over the world!! All of this possible because of the excellent training Sunrise has to offer! Thank You very much!!
Fuí uno de los primeros estudiantes en el año 1998. Recuerdo lo que Jeff nos dijo acerca de “entrenar a un piloto de 250 horas con el conocimiento y destrezas de uno con 2500″. Con eso en mente y el régimen de entrenamiento que tuvimos; al momento de regresar a casa (Panamá), las entrevistas de trabajo y evaluaciones en simulador fueron muy fáciles! Jeff siempre nos empujó a dar lo mejor de nosotros!! Sesiones de simulador temprano en la mañana, seguido de clases, videos y vuelos….y mas sesiones de simulador. La forma de combinar técnicas avanzadas en las etapas tempranas (ej. aprendimos el vuelo básico por instrumentos mientras sacábamos la privada), probaron ser invaluables en las otras etapas del entrenamiento e hizo todo el proceso eficiente! El clima en Florida es excelente para volar, muchos aeropuertos para visitar; y agregue a esto Daytona, que es uno de los pocos lugares (si no el único), en el que se puede solicitar una autorización por instrumentos local, y Ud. tiene una mezcla excelente para un entrenamiento completo!!
14 años despues, soy primer oficial senior para una aerolínea en el medio oriente, volando el Boeing 777!! A lo largo de mi carrera, he trabajado para aerolíneas, compañías cargueras y corporativo. He volado muchos tipos de aviones y, básicamente, he volado por todo el mundo!! Todo esto posible por el excelente entrenamiento que Sunrise ofrece! Muchas Gracias!
Roberto T. Lamastus M.
“Learn To Fly At Sunrise Aviation”
I joined the school to pursue the pro pilot training program just with the goal to become a safe and best pilot. I was 17 years old when I joined and had another five months to go before I turned 18. I thought it would take a minimum of a year to complete the course. But, I was shocked and couldn’t believe myself when I had my commercial license in my hand in the week after of my 18th birthday. This was only possible by training with the experienced instructors at Sunrise Aviation with their aim to teach us the best By the end of course, I went home to India happily with 250 hours of flight time, the CPL multi, and a good knowledge of aviation.
A few months ago, thought about doing some time building, so I just came back to Sunrise without even contacting other schools. I came back to build another 250 hours to get to a total time of 500 hours. I achieved this in just three months. They have good number of aircraft which allowed me to fly 6-7 hours per day easily. The dispatch people are very friendly with smiling faces, and they helped me in many ways . And the owner is also very helpful; He reviews each student’s progress every day and makes the best decision for them.
I strongly recommend Sunrise to everyone who has an ambition to become a pilot because they have the best training for you to excel in your career.
“I’d definitely recommend Sunrise here in India.”
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Florida. I’d definitely recommend Sunrise here in India.
Prasad now flies the HawkerXP as a co-pilot for a charter company in Mumbai and has over 1300 flight hours.