some testimonials on Tampa North's web page, I really thought I should send
mine in as well.
I live just
north of the airport, and passed the runway hundreds of times over the last
several years, driving south on I75. Over the years I mentioned a handful of
times to my husband that I wished I had gotten my private pilots license. I
really thought I was too old to consider pursuing this, but luckily he
didn't think so. My birthday present one year was a discovery flight, with
the infamous Chuck Norris. I was hooked on flying after that first trip, and
started my journey to become a General Aviation Pilot shortly after that
I didn't know
anything about flying when I started this journey. I could not name of one
part of the plane (okay, maybe the wing) prior to starting my instruction.
This should not stop anybody from learning to fly. I really don't think
there is one person out there that can know less than I did about airplanes
when I flew that first time. (I now pronounce pitot correctly.)
The employees at
Tampa North are patient, knowledgeable, and have a palpable love for flying
that makes them uniquely caring and proficient at training General Aviation
Pilots, whether VFR or IFR rating. Safety is always first! With the new
restaurant addition, we now have a place for pilots to sit, eat and talk
about planes together, further increasing the learning curve for all pilots,
such as myself. I've almost reached my goal; that infamous check ride so I
can start the next phase of training...my license to learn more!
Thank you all at
Tampa North. I feel grateful to have found your airport.
Thanks for doing
the great job you did in preparing me. I couldn't have asked for or expected
such a great instructor. You were inspiring from the start and really got me
more excited about flying than I already was.
This has been a
huge accomplishment for me. I know you think I would have gotten through my
training hurdles with any instructor, but I still disagree. You helped raise
my own confidence level and pushed me beyond what I thought I could handle.
I know this is a
"license to learn", but I've gotten a great foundation to build on. Even
more importantly, I made a great friend. I look forward to flying with you
for years to come. And it was worth every penny.
Take care, Brian
Thank you for
the flight experience and good service. I enjoyed flying with Jim very much.
He is a great instructor and nice person. Looking forward to flying with you
sometimes in the future.
To Fly…..is to leave the surly bonds of earth, to view what only a few see.
It starts on the ground with folks who care about their students.
If you want to learn to fly, to fly safely & knowledgably, then Tampa North
is your place.
You can learn in an environment which is professional all the while feeling
part of a family who encourages you all along your journey.
With the help of my instructor (Chuck), and the complimented instruction of
Jim (another instructor), and the wonderful staff at Tampa North who saw to
the care of their students…now today I can see what only a few see.
Thanks, Paul S.
I wanted to take a minute
and thank you and your organization for the help and support you have given
me during my journey towards getting my pilots license. When I decided to
pursue training I went to several of the area schools and took numerous
discovery flights as I was interviewing the instructors as well as the
schools. You were my first introduction to Tampa North and I remember you
were very open and really wanted to ensure you answered my questions, no
pressure. At that point it was still something I wanted to do sometime in
the future. Since I took the first introductory flight with Chuck, the other
schools had quite a high standard to meet. They never did. I came back to
Chuck and Tampa North to start my training. While the building may be rough
around the edges, the people and quality instruction is remarkable. Though
sometimes frustrating, the training has been a great deal of fun. I am
continually challenged with being the best and my confidence continues to
grow as do my abilities. I still have a way to go but wanted to let you know
what a great team you have and that I really appreciate the help and
Father and Daughter WoodWorks
Chuck, this was wonderful! Unbelievable! I had a blast! I learned more in
this one lesson than in all the others combined!
I did 2 takeoffs and one landing! I learned so much! Thank you for directing
me to that school!
This is a follow up to my phone
message I left you, we just wanted to let you know that we couldn't be more
pleased with the North Tampa Flight School. They are so incredibly
professional, and we wouldn't trust our three sons with anyone else. Our
sons are 14, 16, and 18, the instruction and facility is top notch, and we
know they are getting the best training available.
We highly recommend them, and
know that you will also find them to be the best around.
If you have any questions,
please let us know.
My name is Debra Shaw, and I am
currently a student at Tampa North Airpark. Angela asked me to drop you a
note about the flight school. I had no aviation experience at all, a friend
(already a pilot) nudged and guided me along. He recommended this flight
school because they had a better than average completion rate for new
I've been training with Jim
Spears since last September and have really enjoyed the experience. I will
probably finish up and earn my license by the end of this month. Angela is
very organized and accommodating and Jim is an excellent instructor. I have
found the Cessna "Cleared for Takeoff" multimedia course works well with my
busy work schedule. You can move along at your own pace, but the course is
structured and easy to follow. I was well prepared for my written exam and
passed with flying colors.
I decided to check out 3 or 4
nearby airports and CFIs. I determined that I would examine People, Planes
and Programs at each facility to choose the best spot.
Tampa North won the analysis
hands down. Angela was very approachable and glad to meet my requests and
answer any questions. Her customer focus and service could not be better.
She provided 4 excellent
references who wrote very glowing Emails about their experience with Tampa
North and their flight instructor Jim Spears.
One flight with Jim was all I
needed to cement that decision. Picking the right flight instructor is one
of the most important decisions you will ever make in learning to fly. It’s
all about experience, competency, confidence and chemistry. After all you
are placing your money and your life in your CFI's hands. I have learned on
several occasions that that trust is well placed with Jim.
The Cessna Skyhawk trainers are
newer and well maintained. The airport is small and ideally located for
North Tampa residents. The Cessna Pilot Center learning program is tops in
the industry. The CD based program with lesson, questions and demonstration
video makes learning and understanding the ton of information required to
pass the test manageable.
All in all I would not hesitate
to recommend the People, Planes and Program of Tampa North to friends and
Arnold (Arnie) F. Newland, BScME,
everyone. I just got my permanent certificate in the mail today. It's
beautiful! I'm very proud of it. Aviation has opened a whole world to me, a
world of adventure, excitement, challenges, but most of all a brotherhood of
the nicest and most genuine people I have ever met. Thank you to all of you
for helping me; I have a whole new life now.
WOW!!!! Thank you for the
It was AWESOME!!! How cool!!!
Just wanted to thank you for
supporting the chamber and the ed committee to get scholarships.
You’re the BEST!!!!
See you again soon!