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FLIGHT SCHOOL

If you have been thinking about taking flight lessons, then talk to us. We have amazing experienced teachers and work with student pilot of all ages. Whether you are seeking your first solo flight, or even a commercial pilot's license, we offer a range of certifications.  

Adam “Pipe” Fitting

CFI, CFII

An Air Force veteran with great breadth of knowledge in technology and industry, he is now conquering the world of aviation. Adam is highly in demand as an instructor. Adam is a CFI/CFII who can provide private, commercial and instrument training as well as aircraft check-outs, Instrument Proficiency checks and flight reviews. Adam works full-time for us and is available five days a week,
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Karl Bearnarth

CFI, CFII

Karl works for a major airline and is a part-time flight instructor with Somerset Air Service. Karl is a CFI/CFII and provides private, commercial and instrument training. Karl worked in industry before devoting his life to aviation, became a full-time instructor at Somerset before joining the airlines. Karl is one of our most experienced instructors and we are happy he is back at SMQ and is available on a part-time basis.
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Mario Gerges

CFI

Not too often you run across a pilot who scored a 100% on his written test, Mario learned to fly at Somerset Airport and has moved up the ranks from a Private Pilot, Commercial and Instrument rated pilot to become a Certified Flight Instructor. Mario was born and grew up in Egypt, now a US citizen—he is truly living the American Dream. Mario’s skills and expertise are impeccable. Mario is a working for us full-time and available five days a week.
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Michael Kutch

CFI

A part-time instructor and full-time high school physics teacher, Mike’s teaching background helps him really connect with his students. He also teaches ground school during the week. Mike began flying in 2002 and became an instructor in 2019. He currently teaches private, commercial students and provides flight reviews. Mike expects to earn his CFII (instrument instructor’s rating) soon and is usually available one day on the weekend, the evenings and more often in the summer-
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Navin Ohri

CFI

Navin is our newest hire, but an experienced CFI with more than 1000 hours. He has more than 500 hours with Piper (including Cherokees, Seminoles, Warriors and Saratogas), and he also has significant time in Mooney and Cessna aircraft. Navin is an instrument rated, multi-engine pilot who is a professional who teaches part-time at Somerset Airport.
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Peter Lonstrup

CFI, CFII, ATP

With more than 3400 hours, Peter is a CFI/CFII and multi-engine rated. A part-time instructor at Somerset, Peter also has a vast experience flying and teaching in “taildraggers” and gliders. Peter has more than 1800 hours in Piper aircraft and he is one of our more experienced instructors. Peter is often available one day on the weekends and evenings.
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Ross Morton

CFI

Very few CFIs take their CFI check ride in a 2018 Mooney Ovation Ultra, but that is what Ross Morton did this summer. Ross, native to the UK, brings a diverse background having taken much of his initial instruction in England, where aviation is very popular, like here in the US. Ross is an exceptional communicator and is a great addition to the staff as a part-time CFI.
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Spencer Meivogel

CFI, CFII

Spencer comes to us with experience at some larger Part 141 schools, is a CFI, CFII and has a wealth of aviation knowledge. After working in the Midwest and Long Island, he came back to his home in New Jersey and is a full-time instructor at SMQ. You will enjoy flying with Spencer and always come out having increased your knowledge and skills.
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Steve Parker

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Steve wears many hats at the airport, one of which includes flight instructor. Steve has more than 11,000 hours is a CFI/CFII/MEI/ATP with a single engine, multi-engine rating and glider’s license. Steve retired from the USAF where he flew C-141s and C-17s. Steve is full-time at SMQ, and, along with Chris Walker, manages the airport.
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Ground School

In addition, we offer ground based classes -ground school -covering everything from airplane instruments, weather patterns to flight planning and GPS systems. The 12 classes are offered on a rolling basis and you can sign up for one, or all 12 of them. Each 2 hour class is $75, and includes course materials, CFI Logbook and refreshments.

Classes take place from 7-9 pm on Thursday evenings.

Sign up below or call us about signing up for the next class.

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  • Aerodynamics and Flight Maneuvers

  • Aircraft Engines and Systems

  • Airplane Instruments

  • Weight and Balance and Aircraft Performance

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  • Aeromedical Factors and Aeronautical  Decision Making

  • Airports and Air Traffic Control

  • Airspace and Federal Aviation Regulations

  • Aviation Weather Theory & Local Weather Patterns

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  • Weather reports, forecast, and briefings

  • Charts, Publications, Flight Publications, Pilotage /Dead Reckoning Navigation

  • VOR  GPS Navigation Systems

  • Cross Country Flight Planning  & Flight Operations

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