Posted by: Brian | January 12, 2012

Instrument & Commercial Ratings – Here I Come…

So, one year after receiving my Private Pilot Certificate, I am about to embark on another adventure – an Instrument Rating, followed closely by my Commercial Rating.  My ultimate goal is to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) within the next two years.  The beauty about all of this (besides being able to fly a lot)?  Getting most of it paid for using my Post 9-11 GI Bill.  🙂

The downside to using my GI Bill for training is that there are currently only about five schools here in Maryland certified through the VA for reimbursement.  Unfortunately, the school I used to obtain my Private is not currently among them (Freeway Aviation in Bowie, MD).  As such, I’ll be using the Navy Annapolis Flying Club ( at Lee Airport (KANP) to continue my training.  From what I hear and have read, it sounds like a good place to continue my training!  If anyone out there has any experience (especially flight training) using NAFC, I’d love to hear it.

I hope to have my first lesson within the next few weeks (have to wade through the bureaucratic red tape of the VA before I can begin).  Keep an eye out for my first Instrument lesson!



  1. Instrument training was my favorite! Everyone says it’s the most challenging, but I had never felt like a more confident and skilled pilot! My commercial is done now, ready to go for the CFI! Good luck with everything!

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