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Flight Instruction


100 per hour

I will offer training (in your aircraft) in a variety of areas, including:

Private pilot certificates
Instrument ratings
Commercial pilot certificates
Flight reviews
Instrument proficiency checks
Advanced avionics training (experienced in particular with G1000 and GTN systems)
Individualized “finish-up” and proficiency training
Intense checkride preparation
Advanced practical aerodynamics knowledge
Flying to Canada

Services I offer as an instructor:

Detailed debriefing notes of each lesson
Custom developed study materials and syllabus (including homework assignments)
Optional GoPro video analysis of lessons

Instructional philosophy:

Safety is the top priority. I insist on safe, consistent, and professional habits in all students of all levels, from day 1. We'll spend ample time learning from prior accident reports to help explain why everything we learn is important.

Efficiency. I work hard to ensure an efficient use of our time in the air and on the ground, saving you money and time.

Ground-up, building block approach. Understanding the fundamentals and being able to execute them effortlessly before progressing to the next level is key. (An example of this would be understanding exactly what happens when you increase the throttle and being able to apply that knowledge to a simple procedure such as accelerating the aircraft in level flight.)

Fun, rewarding, challenging! All of this sounds pretty serious, and it is, but let's not forget that flying is fun! Each time in the air should be a challenging, yet highly rewarding and fun experience.

Training & Qualifications

CFI | CFII | AGI | Commercial Single/Multi Engine Land, Instrument-Airplane

Began flying at age 14 (August 2005)
First solo at North Central State Airport (SFZ) in Smithfield, RI (October 2007)
Private pilot certificate at Quonset State Airport (OQU) in North Kingstown, RI (February 2008)
Instrument rating (November 2009)
Commercial rating at Lafayette Airport (LAF) in West Lafayette, IN (May 2011)
Instructed in Purdue University's Professional Flight Technology collegiate aviation program in the Cirrus SR-20
Instruct through the Boeing Employees Flying Association (BEFA) at RNT and PAE airports (January 2013 to present)

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Mike

Caroline received hour of Flight Instruction from Mike
Apr 22, 2016
Mike is very knowledgeable and helpful - highly recommended for anyone who is interested in
Karl received hour of Flight Instruction from Mike
May 01, 2016
Very thorough and prepared; a pleasure to learn from.


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About Mike Catalfamo

Hey! I’m Mike Catalfamo, and thanks for coming to learn a bit more about me. I was born and raised in Rhode Island, but worked my way west to Seattle, escaping a 3-year hostage from the cornfield...s of Indiana where I attended Purdue University and obtained a degree in Aerospace Engineering to find out "how do planes really fly?". After graduation, I joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Everett, WA as a systems engineer in the Flight Deck group, developing a safety enhancement intended to reduce the frequency of runway overruns accidents. I became obsessed with aviation when I was 9 years old, starting with the purchase of my first flight simulator. The very day I first tried this simulator, my mom distinctly told me to “never think about becoming a pilot.” Sorry, mom! After building my sales skills persuading my parents to allow me to fly in a small plane, I began flight training at age 14, and completed my first solo at age 16, before I had my driver’s license. I received my pilot certificate upon turning 18, and have been sharing my passion for aviation for over 5 years with others by flight instructing. I'm certified with commercial privileges in single/multi-engine aircraft, as well as tailwheel, complex, and high-performance aircraft. Some of my other interests include: International travel. I became hooked after my first international business trip to Brazil in 2013, and have travelled to Europe twice since then. Next up - SE Asia. One of my life goals is to travel to every country in my own airplane. Real estate investing. I purchased my first property in 2015, and during that process my eyes were opened to the power of real estate as a wealth-building vehicle and something that could generate passive income and time to spend on accomplishing my life goals. After a year of studying real estate and building my network, I obtained my WA state broker’s license to help others with buying and selling real estate in the Seattle area. Classical piano. I started playing piano when I was about 10 - and while I’m nothing more than a hack, I continue to hone my hacking whenever I can get my hands on a keyboard, attend concerts by my favorite pianist Andras Schiff, and listen to my favorite composers - Beethoven and Bach. Cooking. I grew up in a family that really appreciated good food and could cook well. My cooking philosophy is to make creative use of whatever’s in the kitchen! Languages. I studied Italian throughout high school, and am currently learning German and Thai. Language practice partners are always welcome! ...anything that's a learning or growth opportunity! For me, setting and reaching goals is what makes me jump out of bed in the more

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