I have been lucky and privileged to train with Shane on a yearly basis for the last 4 years. I can’t say enough about Shane’s knowledge of the PC-12 and his calm instructing ability. Training with Shane has shown me how extremely valuable it is to train in the airplane you fly on a daily basis. At the beginning of 2019 I was still employed by the Phoenix Police Department Air
Support Unit. Our command staff also saw the value of Shane’s training and brought him out to provide recurrent training to our PC-12 pilots. I have also flown with several owner/operators that have echoed my above statements in regard to Shane’s recurrent training. More recently I have spoken to some owner/operators that feel that training once a year is not enough and believe training every 6 months would be more appropriate to maintain their skill level. They suggested alternating between in airplane training with Shane and simulator training. I believe this training regimen would give you the best of both worlds; training in your own airplane with Shane, and simulator training to cover things you can’t do in the airplane. Thank you, Shane, for continuing to challenge me every time we fly together!!
Shane is an excellent and patient instructor. He has an enormous amount of knowledge about the PC12 and incorporates real world practical situations into his training. Shane will show you how to put the PC12 through its paces while gaining the systems understanding a pilot needs to know. I would highly recommend Shane for initial or recurrent PC12 training.
While you also have to check the boxes, you use it as a training session to help the pilot become a better pilot. Every year I walk away feeling more proficient and continue to learn how to “feel” the plane and its operational characteristics more and more. In my opinion, it is the actual training in the plane as a recurrent that is so much more valuable than any sim that I have trained in. I have been to Flight Safety 5 times and Simcom twice and when I do not fly as well in a particular maneuver they don’t have the time in the sim to help you correct or practice the maneuver. Quite the opposite while training with your program which I feel is much more beneficial for getting results.
I very much appreciate the time flying with you as you work with me from steep turns to full panel losses and what options are there in the plane to assist in these possible emergency procedures. I look forward to flying with you again in May and thanks again for all your support in my constant quest to become a better PC-12 Pilot!