About

Hello, my name is Michael. I am a flight instructor and a software developer. All my life, I have been interested in airplanes and technology.

When I was 10 years old, I taught my self some basic coding skills. I later became skilled enough to perform freelance development work while I was in high school.

I started to learn how to fly when I was 16. I became a private pilot just a little bit after I turned 17. After many hours of study and work, I became a flight instructor when I was 19 years old. Shortly after, I started a flight school: Pilot Rise, LLC.

In 2020, I released Pilot Approach, an online instrument approach simulator.

My long term goal is to be a professional pilot and run businesses on the side.

Aviation

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I am currently a certified flight instructor. I have been flying airplanes for over 5 years (since I was 16 years old).

I have a huge passion for aviation and for teaching!

I have been instructing for over two years now, and I have been doing so with my flight school, Pilot Rise, LLC and independently.

I have a hard time deciding between my favorite trips. I loved flying from Texas to Florida, to Wisconsin, to Illinois, and to Colorado. If I had to choose, I will have to go with Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In the summer of 2018, my dad and I flew our Mooney to the Oshkosh airshow, and we camped for 8 days next to the plane. This trip was exciting because we were able to visit grandparents along the way, and we encountered plenty of instrument conditions. I plan on going again in 2019.

Flight Instruction

I offer flight and ground instruction. I run a flight school out of Hicks airport just North of Fort Worth. I am willing to come to you if you fly out of your airport. I live in Fort Worth, Texas, and I fly out of Hicks airfield.

I am very passionate about planes, but I am even more so about teaching others how to fly. I love to instruct, and I would love to be the one to teach you how to fly.

My Rate: $60 / hour

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Training Provided

  • Private Pilot
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Flight Reviews
  • Complex Aircraft
  • High Performance Aircraft
  • Transitioning Aircraft

My Licenses & Ratings

  • Certified Instructor Airplane + Instrument
  • Commercial Multi/Single Engine
  • Complex Endorsement
  • High Performance Endorsement

Aircraft Flown

  • Mooney M20(B/C/E/F)
  • Cirrus SR22T & SR20
  • Cessna 150 & 172 & 182 & T210
  • Beech Sierra
  • Bellanca Viking
  • Piper Seneca I
  • Piper Cherokee Six

Flight Hours

  • Total - 1400
  • PIC - 1300
  • CFI - 850
  • Complex - 500
  • High Performance - 60
  • Cross Country - 600
  • IMC - 100

If you are interested in learning to fly or would like more information, please contact me.

Email

[email protected]

Phone

(817) 945-3190 (text preferred)

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Software

I have always been fascinated with how computers work. I fed my fascination by teaching myself how to write small programs when I was 10 years old. Now I have three years of experience with Java, and I am familiar with many other languages.

If there is ever something which I do over and over again, I find a way to write a program to do it for me.

I have been a software developer for about 6 years now. One of my best projects was Pilot Approach. Pilot Approach is an online instrument approach simulator. It is used both to teach Private Pilot how to fly instrument approaches and to help instrument rated pilots maintain cognitive proficiency.

Pilot Approach was developed using PHP, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript for the front end. The backend controlling the simulator includes Java for the game server, JavaScript to communicate with the server via WebSockets, MySQL for data, and an internal REST API.


I also used to create plugins for SpigotMC users and large Minecraft servers. My primary focus has been backed, networking, and databases. I have been using MySQL for two years. Most of my work has been freelance.

Another favorite project was EasyBackup. It protects people's servers by backing them up, and it has taken the community by storm.

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