It hasn’t been as good of a flying year as I had hoped it would be with only 115 total flying hours.
During this year I added a partner to my plane to help reduce the cost of ownership and got hired by Galvin Flying as an instructor. Both of these things went well. Fuel prices have remained low all year.
Notable events for me this year:
Altitude record: 17,000′ (in the Mooney)
Speed record: 225 KTAS ground speed on descent from 17,000′. I didn’t get a picture because I was right at red line and didn’t want to distract myself.
In-flight control system malfunction in a Cessna 150 with a student which resulted in my first mandatory report to the NTSB and FAA (and hopefully my last!) because a bolt that attaches the elevator to the horizontal stabilizer came out.
Gas prices have been pretty low for a while and I don’t see them going back up all that much in the near future. Â This is an excellent time to learn to fly. Â A large portion of the cost of flight instruction is for fuel so low gas prices drastically reduce the overall cost of flight instruction.
Hello, my name is Clayton Chase and I am a flight instructor offering training out of Boeing Field.Â Â I’ve been an instructor since February 2012 and did all of my training at the former Northwest Aviation College in Auburn, WA.
Flying and flight instruction is not my career, I do it because I love to fly.Â Unfortunately that means that I have to have a regular job and am typically only available for flight training outside of regular business hours.
I’m happy to talk you through what it takes to get your pilot’s license and help find an instructor or just help you understand what your options are, all at no charge.Â There are many different ways to accomplish the task of becoming a certified pilot, each with their own benefits and costs.Â I’m more interested in the success of the flying community than building hours or earning money and will take the time to match you up with an instructor or school that is a good fit for you.
The things I expect will be most useful to students and pilots are:
Introduction to flying – your first flight in a small airplane
A review lesson to get a new viewpoint into your current skill level and new ideas on how you can get past a plateau in your training
A flight review
Practice on short, soft or rough landing strips
Sightseeing tour of Seattle
Familiarization with the Seattle airspace, either airborne or on the ground
Flight training in your Experimental airplane (Canards get a discount!)