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Dan Weecks is an FAA certified Commercial Pilot (ASEL/AMEL) and a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI/CFI-I). He is committed to providing the greatest value to students by continually furthering his knowledge, professional development, and keeping current with new technology and teaching methods.

Professional Associations and Recognitions

Getting Started with Flight Training

Dan and his co-pilot Zamora

Congratulations on deciding to fly, and thank you for visiting my website! Tasting the freedom of flight is truly a life-altering experience. If you’ve never sat in the cockpit during a flight, the first step is to book a discovery flight with me so you can see what it’s like and actually fly the airplane yourself! Yes, it’s legal… and actually encouraged. Since I’m a Certified Flight Instructor through the Federal Aviation Administration, I can not only let you control the aircraft and fly around, but you can begin your own pilot logbook with my endorsement for your discovery flight! Whether you’re planning on starting a career in aviation or just looking for a fun treat, a discovery flight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll love.

Typical Rating Order (for someone planning on becoming an airline pilot or doing other commercial flying)

A “rating” is a new pilot certificate or “add-on” allowing you more or different permissions at each step of your pilot training. This is typical and what made the most financial sense for me during my training with the time and funds I had available. Everyone’s path is different and unique, and there’s no wrong path… just potentially more expensive and longer ways to get to the same goal.

  1. Private Pilot certificate (now you can fly the airplane type you did your training in, just not for money)
  2. Instrument rating (now you can fly in the clouds)
  3. Commercial Single Engine (this lets you fly for money with one engine planes)
  4. Commercial multi-engine add-on (this let’s you fly for money with two or more engines)
  5. Congratulations… you can now *theoretically* make money! If you can’t find a company to hire you because of time requirements for insurance, pass Go and collect… Commercial Multi add-on (or single… whichever you didn’t do in step 3)
  6. CFI (certified flight instructor)
  7. CFI-I (instrument instructor)
  8. MEI (multi-engine instructor)
  9. ATP (airline transport pilot)
  10. *Type ratings for the specific aircraft you’re going to fly over 12,500 lbs max gross weight or turbofan.

Services Offered

  • Discovery Flight (approximately an hour long flight where you get to fly the airplane! Perfect for people who have never flown and want to check something off your bucket list, or if you’re considering a career change)
  • Private Pilot training (from never having been in a cockpit to becoming an FAA certified Private Pilot)
  • Instrument Rating training (add-on rating to fly IFR)
  • IPC (Instrument Proficiency Check)
  • Commercial Pilot training (Ground & Flight Training)
  • CFI training (ground school and some flight training — contact me for details)
  • High Performance Endorsement
  • Complex Endorsement
  • Glass Panel/TAA Training
  • Safety Workshops & Advanced Scenario Training
  • Flight Reviews
  • Drones (sUAS Ground and Flight Training)
  • Public Speaking about aviation and becoming a pilot
  • Physically-Distanced Ground School sessions


  • High Performance Endorsement (ASEL)
  • Complex Endorsement (ASEL)

Flight and Ground Instructional Rates

$65/hr (Instruction Only)

Aircraft rental rates are not included in instruction time and differ based on which aircraft is flown. Block rates are available at $45/hr, defined as 10 or more hours paid for up front.

Forms for new students

Free Resources for Enthusiasts, Students, and Pilots

Aeromedical Certification & FactorsYouTube Resources
My Recommendation For An Aeromedical Examiner (AME): Dr. J Burr Ross (Myflightsurgeon.com)
Mayo Clinic “Clear Approach” to medical certification (if you have medical issues or new issues arise)
Medical Certifications Questions And Answers
FAA MedXPress
Pilot Vision
Sunglasses For Pilots
LASIK And Laser Eye Surgery
Alcohol And Flying
The Opioid Epidemic And Aviation
Visual Illusions And Spatial Disorientation
Seatbelts And Shoulder Harnesses
Dan Weecks (My Aviation Playlist)
Cyndy Holloman
Jason Shappert (MZeroA)
Jon Kotwicki (Fly8MA)
Captain Joe
MentourPilot (Peter)

Frequently Asked Questions & Helpful Videos (playlist below)

Student PilotInstrument RatingCommercial Pilot
FAA’s Student Pilot Guide
Private Pilot ACS (Airman Certification Standards)
Risk Management Handbook
Suggested Equipment List
Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide
Free Written Practice Test (King Schools)
Pilot’s Handbook Of Aeronautical Knowledge
Airplane Flying Handbook
Risk Management Handout
Weight And Balance Handbook
Night VFR Flying Risk Management
General Aviation Information – Plane Sense
Tips On Mountain Flying
Instrument Flying Handbook
Instrument Procedures Handbook
Instrument Rating ACS
Pilot’s Handbook Of Aeronautical Knowledge
Airplane Flying Handbook
Risk Management Handout
Risk Management Handbook
Commercial Pilot ACS
Private Vs Common Carriage AC
Risk Management Handbook
Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide
Flight InstructorDrone OperatorFlight Attendant
Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards
Fundamentals Of Instructing
Sample Lesson Plans
AC 61.65H – Certifications And Endorsements
Stall And Spin Awareness Training
CFI Training Outline — FAA
FAA’s Guide To Becoming A Drone Pilot
FAA Drone Pilot Testing Standards
Knowledge Guide
Written Test Study Guide
Sample Questions Of Written Test
Knowledge Test Guide
Pilot’s Handbook Of Aeronautical Knowledge
Risk Management Handbook
Physics Of Quadcopter Flight
Anatomy Of A Drone: Quadcopters
Drone Technology & How It Works
Flight Attendant Career FAQ
Airline Career — FAs

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Whether you're booking a discovery flight, lessons, or a flight review, you've come to the right place.
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Acceptable forms of ID for U.S. citizens who wish to conduct flight training in an aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs. are: ⦿ Valid, unexpired U.S. passport; ⦿ Original or government-issued birth certificate of the U.S., American Samoa, or Swains Island AND a government-issued picture ID; ⦿ Original certificate of birth abroad with raised seal (Form FS-545 or DS-1350) AND a government-issued picture ID; ⦿ Original certificate of U.S. citizenship with raised seal (Form N-560 or N-561) or a Certificate of Repatriation (Form N-581) AND government-issued pictured ID; ⦿ Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate with raised seal (Form N-550 or N-570) AND a government-issued picture ID
This is required for weight and balance, and determines things like which aircraft is scheduled, fuel levels, etc.
This will be used to assist in booking an aircraft at an airport near you.
*Combined aeronautical experience (dual rec'd/PIC/SIC/etc.)