Clay’s Mid-2018 Update

I don’t update this very often (obviously!) but I am still in the area and still flying.  I now  own and fly a 1958 Cessna 182A.   It’s got a lot of great features, but I miss the speed of the Mooney.

Updated hours:

  • 1100 Total hours
    • 154 in Cessna 172
    • 100 in Cessna 150/152
    • 108 in Cessna 182 (182A, T182T)
    • 338 in Mooney M20 (C,E,J)
    • 93 in Piper Seminole
    • 105 in Piper Archer
    • 154 in Piper Warrior
  • 431 Complex
  • 108 High Performance
  • 363 instruction Received
  • 215 Instruction Given

Clay’s experience

A few people have asked me how many hours I have and in what planes have I gotten those hours.   Here is a summary of my experience:

  • 870 hours total
  • 318 in Mooney M20E
  • 154 in Piper Warrior III’s (PA28-161)
  • 105 in Piper Archer (PA28R-201)
  • 93 in Piper Seminole (PA44-180)
  • 92 in Cessna 150
  • 58 in Cessna 172
  • 36 in Cirrus SR-20
  • Small numbers (<10) in a few other aircraft:
    • Velocity
    • Mooney M20C
    • Cessna 182
    • Piper Supercub (PA18-150) on floats

First solo at just over 20 hours and just under a month but flying nearly every day.

PPL checkride at 57 hours  plus a few simulator hours and 3.5 months, at the school more than 50% of the days.

End of 2016 flight notes

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.

Flying in 2016

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.  This is an excellent time to learn to fly.   A large portion of the cost of flight instruction is for fuel so low gas prices drastically reduce the overall cost of flight instruction.

What does Clay fly?

I am building a Velocity airplane in my basement (details can be found on my other website here) but in the meantime I mostly fly in a 1964 Mooney M20E that I bought in August 2014.

My tail number is N6946U and you can occasionally find me on Flightaware if I’ve been flying IFR or have had flight following.

You can read more about Mooneys on the company website, or chat with other owners at, the biggest collection of Mooney owners and pilots on the internet.

Some information about my airplane:

  • It has a 200HP fuel-injected Lycoming engine.
  • It has a Garmin GNS430W GPS and an S-TEC 30 Autopilot with altitude hold.
  • It has the manual ‘Johnson bar’ retractable gear.
  • I usually fly at about 145KTAS and tend to cruise at between 8,000′ and 12,000′ MSL if the flight is long enough to climb up that high.
  • Some notable flights I’ve done are
    • Seattle to Fairfield, Iowa then Minneapolis Minnesota and back
    • Seattle to San Jose and back

Thanks for your interest!

Hello, my name is Clayton Chase and I am a flight instructor offering training out of Boeing Field.   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.  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.  There are many different ways to accomplish the task of becoming a certified pilot, each with their own benefits and costs.  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
  • Safety pilot
  • Ground training
  • Ferry pilot
  • 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!)