-----Original Message----- From: Greg Chapman <email@example.com> To: Chris Droege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Fri, Jul 13, 2018 11:40 am Subject: RV training Hello Chris, I want to thank you for the excellent time we spent flying and talking about RVs. The knowledge and experience I gained last weekend was well worth the investment! Your friendly manner and precise, detailed explanations are easily understood and absorbed. It is a rare thing when an instructor finds that perfect balance between telling a student what he already knows on the one hand, and flooding him with more information than he can absorb on the other. You found that balance! I think you have a real talent for assessing a pilots skill level and meeting him where he is. Your tips on paperwork preparation for the FAA was very helpful as was our conversation about engine break-in. I knew I was getting my money's worth before we ever got into the airplane! And the airplane!!!! You built a truly fine aircraft! Flying your RV-7A was the most fun I've had in a long time! At no time did I feel as if I were being tested! Challenged? ...Yes! But in a fun way that made meeting your expectations exhilarating! You put an RV grin on my face! My experience with you has made me a better pilot and given me much more confidence as I approach my first flight in my RV-8A! Thank you! Greg Chapman EAA #461021
-----Original Message----- From: kent <email@example.com> To: jcdroege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thu, Jun 28, 2018 9:17 am Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You ! Chris I really appreciated your help in getting me familiar with the flying characteristics of the RV-7a. Your teaching technique was informative, professional and quite pleasant. As a result of the flying we accomplished in Boise, I am a great deal more confident of what I am going to have to get done on the first few test flights of my aircraft. I was very impressed with the way your RV-7 turned out. Very good looking, very comfortable, very responsive and clearly well taken care of. It gave me the motivation to go back and clean up some of the details on mine. I liked your explanation of the start of the flight test phase with the emphasis on getting the engine broken in as opposed to detecting detailed flight characteristics of the aircraft. I found your discussion of the DAR inspection process was quite helpful in easing my concerns on how to prepare for that mile stone in the build process. In summary as a result of the time you spent I checked off a bunch of items on my "What Do I Do Next Checklist". I was able to satisfy most of the items that had LARGE QUESTION marks after them. The two day visit was quite productive and so far as I am concerned worth every dime and every hour spent. Thanks again Chris. Good luck. Keep the pointy end going forward. Pictures to follow as soon as I figure out how to do that. Kent Waterman
-----Original Message----- From: Michael Hayes <email@example.com> Date: May 16, 2018 at 9:47:44 PM PDT To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> Subject: Testimonial Chris, I wanted to thank your for an excellent weekend of training for my RV-8A. Your quality of instruction is top-notch, and I loved your friendly and relaxed style. You provided exactly the information and training I needed to confidently fly my 8A from the very first flight. Flying in your RV-7A was a real treat. It was my first time flying an RV and she's a beauty! Even as an experienced F-22 instructor pilot, the transition training was invaluable, and I would highly recommend it to any new RV pilot. Chris has some of those unique qualities as an instructor that are a rare find. He gives high quality instruction while at the same time is very approachable and fun to fly with. You definitely know he cares about making you a better all around pilot while having a good time doing it! After I completed the training, I picked up my RV-8A in Kentucky and confidently flew a 4 day cross country to Anchorage, AK. I am absolutely in love with the plane and couldn't have done it without Chris. Thanks again! "Stonewall" Hayes F-22 Instructor Pilot 525th Fighter Squadron, JBER AK
-----Original Message----- From: Peter Lammers <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Fri, Apr 13, 2018 2:12 pm Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You ! Hey Chris, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the dedication you put into the transition training for my RV 7 A. I have recently recieved the airworthiness certifcate for my plane and haven't had a chance to fly it. The weather was not cooperating, too windy. Your way of instructing makes the details of the plane stick and applied easily when taking it into the air. I am pleased to tell you that I didn't make the drive to Idaho from Houston, Texas in vain. I am confident that I can do the first flight on my own plane and bring it back to earth in one piece and use it over and over again, showing the well known "RV Grin". I am sure that my plane, although equipped with a fixed pitch prop will preform just like yours and I can apply the lessons learnt. A picture of my RV 7 A is attached for you to use in the comments to your perfect training "course" Peter Lammers.
-----Original Message----- From: Rich <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Wed, Nov 29, 2017 5:11 pm Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You ! Thanks again. I think I would say something like this... "After seeing RV-s at Oshkosh four years ago, I decided to build an RV-7A even though my entire RV experience was less than one hour in an RV-9. Now, with an airworthiness inspection coming up, I needed to start thinking about transition training. I looked at all of the Van's recommended folks and decided on Chris Droege out of Nampa, ID. I liked his syllabus, the looks of his aircraft, and his patience in getting me scheduled and actually in the cockpit. I was very impressed with his entire program which started off Friday evening reviewing documents and talking about preparation for the Airworthiness Inspection as well as RV flying in general. I received a lot of great info I never dreamed I'd find in one place. Saturday morning, three hours in his RV-7A that seemed like three minutes with a lot of attention to precision flying an RV. Pleasant, friendly, and comfortable to fly with, I will honestly say, I have never had such a good flight instruction experience. We wrapped it up Saturday afternoon and I am surprised to admit I am pretty comfortable with the thought of flying my own plane thanks to Chris. It is easy to tell Chris loves his RV, and I know I'll love mine as well. I wish all flight instructors were half as good!" Richard Hrezo Captain, USN (Ret) Janesville, CA 96114
-----Original Message----- From: Rob Hicks <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 6:54 am Subject: Re: rv flights Chris, I flew my RV8A three times last week. It is flying great but the tachometer is sometimes intermittent. The procedures you taught me work very well on the RV8A with a few slight differences. My airplane has more drag than yours, likely because I still haven't installed the wheel pants. The VG's do affect the stall speed: with two people on board at approximately 1600 lb I got buffet and then stall at 40 KIAS with 30 deg flaps. With no flaps I got buffet then stall at 43 KIAS. I gave my wife her first flight in the RV8A and she loved it. She even took the controls briefly. She loved the ease of flying plus the wonderful visibility. Thanks for the RV training. I felt comfortable and confident in my airplane from the first taxi. The RV8A really is a great airplane and I look forward to more experiences in it. Regards, Rob
-----Original Message----- From: Bill Albright <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 3:48 pm Subject: First Flight RV-9A N975GP Chris, First flight went great in my -9A, and your training helped immensely. Although not quite as powerful as your -7A, I was ready for the extra speed a Van's aircraft provides and felt confident during the flight. Flew a nice tight pattern and kept my airspeeds on your recommended numbers and did just fine. Thanks again! Bill Albright Montrose, CO
-----Original Message----- From: Randall Eaker <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: J Chris Droege <email@example.com> Sent: Wed, Jul 19, 2017 7:57 pm Subject: My RV Transition Training With Chris Chris, Your probably wondering how my first flight went in my RV-7A. Well it went very well. The flying you taught me was perfect. Fixing and solving a few minor mechanical squawks has taken a few hours and additional flights to solve. I now how 7 hours on the airplane. I'm still breaking in the engine, though after my last flight my CHT are starting to come down. I have enclosed a recommendation letter about my training experience with you. You taught me well for which I thank you very much! Randall Eaker RV-7A N183RE -- Randall Eaker firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Droege RV transition training was one of the best investments of time and money that I could have made to ensure my first flight in my newly built RV-7A would be successful. The first couple of hours of training are hanger flying. He explains the flying characteristics of the RV, and then asked questions to ensure I had a 100% understanding about how the airplane is to be flown. Even though we followed the checklist, memorizing take off, approach and landing speeds helped my confidence during these procedures. Flight training consists of flying the basic maneuvers that were learned in primary flight training. With the expectations that each maneuver is flown smoothly with altitude and speed maintained. Once these skills were successfully demonstrated he had some fun and exciting flying maneuvers that he allowed me to fly. Chris expects excellence which is what a new RV pilot needs to successfully and safely fly the airplane. His teaching style is positive and encouraging. Even though the instruction is intense he knows how to make it fun. After a successful maneuver he will reach over and give a "High Five". Before my first flight in my RV-7A, I hanger flew my airplane to the same exact standards as Chris had taught me. I felt prepared and I knew that if I flew my airplane the way Chris taught me that my first flight would be a success. My first flight was as successes as I rated my first landing as perfect! I highly recommend Chris Droege as an RV Training Flight Instructor! Randall Eaker
-----Original Message----- From: paul quarberg <email@example.com> Date: July 11, 2017 at 1:39:13 PM PDT To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You ! Chris, Sorry about the tardy reply - business is good this week! I wasn't really surprised at the handling of the RV-7A, but it surely takes some getting used to - it could ave been a mess without proper training. I appreciate your professional approach to the flight training - focusing on precise aircraft control was valuable to me. I enjoyed the scenery encountered while flying in the valley, it is a different kind of beauty than i see here in Wisconsin. I hope my inspection goes well Thursday and I can fly my own aircraft. Will send some pictures when that happens. Thanks for the great experience and I enjoyed meeting your friends! Paul Quarberg S15300 County Rd. Z Mondovi, WI 54755 Pilot cert. 3464442 email@example.com
From: Paul Quarberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: July 20, 2017 at 5:39:25 PM MDT To: email@example.com Subject: It flies! Chris, Thanks for your training - it flies just like yours, landing a breeze! Paul
-----Original Message----- From: Anson Fogel <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: J Chris Droege <email@example.com> Sent: Mon, Jun 26, 2017 10:38 pm Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You ! Chris, THANK YOU. I just posted this on Vans Air Force - I recently spent 3 days with Chris Droege - http://www.letsflyrvtraining.com/ - in Nampa, Idaho doing transition training in his pristine RV7. It was not just invaluable as RV training, it was the best flight training Ive ever had. I walked away a better pilot, not just a competent RV pilot. Chris is a warm, crazy dude, and, he is a very dedicated and skilled TEACHER, not just not a skilled pilot and CFII. I learned more about how to fly well than I did about flying an RV, and I learned more than enough about flying an RV. I will go home and sit in my RV now, and will be a safer, better pilot. I hear stories of people flying an RV the first time with no transition training and I just...can't imagine it. My entire 6.5 hours of flight plus ground school with Chris cost me 1100 bucks - less than any notable part on my RV. Spend that, boys, spend it NOW. We'll be in Boise soon and will come take a free lunch ticket at the FBO --Anson Fogel
-----Original Message----- From: Kent Newby <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: J Chris Droege <email@example.com> Sent: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 7:42 pm Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You ! Hello Chris, Many thanks for the transition training and flight review. I found your ability to blend an organized training syllabus with the RV fun factor exceptional. To any new RV pilots I would say that this was time and money well spent! We will look forward to seeing you in future travels. Best Regards, Kent Newby Centennial, CO 80015
-----Original Message----- From: Rory Hoffman <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: November 30, 2016 at 1:47:52 PM PST To: J Chris Droege <email@example.com> Subject: Re: rv ferry Hi Chris, I did get the plane out here last month and have been working out all the little kinks. I had a problem with the left mag not dropping during run up checks. I found that someone had zip tied the ground wire to the engine mount. Once I relocated the wire the mag ops checks normal. Now I'm looking into the nose wheel breakout. I had a shiny on a few landings, nothing out of the norm, but on my last landing it felt really rough, like it was banging back and forth against the stops. (May not have been that bad but felt rough) this weekend I'm going to check the nose wheel and adjust it accordingly. The last thing im trying to work out is the oil temp. Never wants to get above 150-160. All ready put some tape on the air oil cooler, gonna add some more and try to get that oil up around 180. Other than that, she's a beaut. So far your numbers are spot on. Just had to make adjustments to my pattern speeds due to the plane have manual flaps with only two settings. But all your procedures and power settings are working really well so far. Thanks again for the training. P.s. once I get all the little Bugs worked out, I'll plan a trip up your way. Take care. --Rory Hoffman
-----Original Message----- From: Patrick Sheehan <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Thu, Jul 28, 2016 4:40 pm Subject: Transition Training Chris Had to correspond and thank you for providing a first class Transition Training program you have established in Boise ID. The scenery is so spectacular I had no trouble keeping eyes out all the time. I am super impressed with the ease you were able to analyze the student and provide support in the areas where it is needed. During the build process you are given many alternative approaches to such items as paint, canopy, specification etc, but it is really nice to now know exactly which take off and landing techniques to use in the RV which will surly give me confidence for the first flight and allow me to concentrate on the flight test phase thus reduce risk to very acceptable (and enjoyable) levels. I am going to have to find an excuse to come back and fly with you some more. Wonderful experience - worth every penny, thank you Regards Patrick Sheehan CAA PPL# 68258 (New Zealand) LSA Aviation Ltd PO Box 31 831, Milford, 0741 Auckland, New Zealand. firstname.lastname@example.org
-----Original Message----- From: Joe Rainbolt <email@example.com> To: J Chris Droege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Mon, Jul 4, 2016 9:37 pm Subject: First flight Hi Chris, First flight of N819RV occurred at 8:05am this morning. The flight consisted of 30 minutes of circling the airport at about 1000' above TPA. The airplane flew straight and had no noticeable tendency to a heavy wing. When it came time to land, there was a momentary issue with the flaps which would not lower. After fiddling with it for a few seconds, the flaps started working again. I haven't solved the issue yet, but I think what happened is my Vertical Power circuit breakers will turn off if it thinks the switch is stuck. It is likely that I left the flap switch in the up position after the flaps were retracted following take off. Then the Vertical power box timed out on the flap up switch input. The Vertical power box then resets its circuit breaker after I move the switch to down and when that didn't work back to neutral. It's just a theory. I don't really have any way to know since the flaps are working fine now. The flap outage only lasted about ten seconds before I realized they were working again. The issue didn't affect my approach in any appreciable way. I made a near perfect landing thanks to your training. My Garmin video indicates I crossed the threshold at 76kts. Just a bit higher than I intended but very workable as it turned out. Regarding my review of your training, it has been posted to my blog at: roughandreadyaerospace.blogspot.com/2016/07/step-143-transition-training.html
Now I'm a half hour into phase 1. Time to get serious about developing my test plan. I hope to see you at Oshkosh. Thanks, Joe
-----Original Message----- From: R Larson <email@example.com> To: jcdroege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tue, Jul 5, 2016 7:05 am Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You ! Good Morning Chris, On July 1st RV5897R took to the sky! So far she flew just like yours. I'm so glad I had my training with you and your RV 7/A, It gave alot of confidence in my abillity to have a successful first fight. I also appreciate your teaching style and all the valuable information and tectnique of flying your aircraft successfully. Roger Larson 1563 Hwy 75 Madison MN My cert. number is 468484899 Thanks You once again.
-----Original Message----- From: Clair Christensen <email@example.com> To: J. Chris Droege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tue, Jun 28, 2016 7:03 am Subject: RV TRANSITION TRAINING Hi Chris, Just wanted to thank you for the great experience this week with the RV Transition training. You have a fantastic airplane, immaculate facilities and have obviously have put a significant amount of thought and time into developing your training program. It was a great learning experience. Your structured and logical approach combined with your great personality made my time there very productive and really fun. I really appreciated you taking the time to identify key elements to consider when buying an RV. I would recommend you and your program to anyone considering flying RVs. Thanks again.! Clair
-----Original Message----- From: Peter Wells <email@example.com> To: J. Chris Droege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thu, Jun 9, 2016 5:57 am Subject: RV-7A Transition Training. Hi Chris, Here is a short write-up for your web site: I enjoyed the transition training in Chris' RV-7A and found it was best flying instruction I have had. His course was well thought out and included the items that are needed to safely and effectively fly an RV-7A. I found the combination of ground work, flight time and review was the right mix to take me from an RV builder, with no RV pilot in command time, to a competent RV pilot. The documentation, airplane, hangar, fuel and airport access were all ready ahead of time. This allowed us to concentrate on the training without being distracted by the myriad of other task that creep into everyday flying. Chris assessed my flying ability and adjusting the flying instruction to match my skill level. We spent additional time on items that I struggle to do well and quickly moved on from task that I showed competency. For me, the training took me from imagining what my first flight in my RV-7A would be like to knowing what to expect in all phases of the first 40 hours of test flying. I would recommend transition training for pilots that have not flown an RV. And Chris is an excellent choice if you should decide you need transition training. Thank you, Peter Wells RV-7A Builder, Pilot N567PJ email@example.com
-----Original Message----- From: lwlanger <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: J Chris Droege <email@example.com> Sent: Mon, Feb 15, 2016 11:42 am Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You ! Chris Droege did an excellent job giving me the instruction I needed to feel confident in flying my RV-7A. l appreciated the specific procedures to use in takeoffs and landings and the coaching about how to do the test flying and develop the POH for my plane. The whole experience was worth every dollar I spent. I flew my plane stress free 4 days after I got home. Thanks again for a pleasant training experience. Lyn Langer
-----Original Message----- From: Russ B <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: J Chris Droege <email@example.com> Sent: Wed, Dec 9, 2015 10:46 am Subject: Flight training with Chris First off, I want to thank Chris for the wonderful training that he provided. I highly recommend getting transition training but I can't say enough good things about the training that I received from Chris. He is very patient, laid-back and teaches to your style of learning. He takes the time to ensure that you understand the concept that he is teaching. He truly wants you to be the absolutely best pilot that you can be. His ability to mix up the "fun" flying with the standard maneuvers was awesome. The great thing about mixing it up is that it all intertwined to greatly improve my flying skills. He brought out qualities in my flying that I never knew that I had. We really had a blast flying together and that is what sets Chris apart from other instructors that I have seen. Transitioning into the RV is well....amazing. I got my RV "grin" in Chris's stunning aircraft. The RV is a different animal and takes patience and practice to fly it correctly. It was a true joy to fly that aircraft. And when we were airborne in the early morning hours it was incredible to watch the sun rise and see the amazing colors that were projected onto the clouds. Flying in Idaho is something that I will never forget. This is why we fly. Chris I want you to know that you now reside in my head, "smooth and effortless", "patience", "remember your airspeeds, 90, 80, 70/75" and "take my head off at the threshold". I just want you to know that you are with me on every flight with that same mantra. Just like we practiced. I can't thank you enough for the wonderful hospitality that you, Nan and Piper showed me. Please tell Nan and Piper I said hello. I will get you some pictures soon. Just never remember to take pictures as I am having too much fun! If there is ever anything I can do for you please let me know. Russ RV-8A, N306R
-----Original Message----- From: Mike Belle <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Mon, Nov 16, 2015 8:19 pm Mike Belle's beautiful RV-8 in Florida.
-----Original Message----- From: CenturyLink Customer <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 8:19 pm Subject: Re: Training Hi Chris, Its been a busy week. I passed my inspection last Thursday without a hitch and spent that evening and Friday putting the plane back together. I was going to fly it Friday afternoon but had some issues with fouled plugs. I finally removed all the plugs and cleaned them thoroughly but by then the wind had come up so I put off the first flight until Saturday morning. Not my first choice because Saturday mornings at Ogden airport are busy with parachutists in the area where I wanted to do my first flight. However, the conditions were otherwise perfect, so I pointed her down 34 and pushed the ball to the wall. I must say the pucker factor was high but you taught me well and she lifted off perfectly and away we went. She flies like a dream, straight and level with basically no trim. I flew about 40 minutes and returned to the pattern only to have the tower tell me to extend my down wind and they'd call my base because they had a jet landing on a crossing runway. Just what I wanted for my first landing in a new bird, a non-standard approach. I flew her down to the numbers just like we practiced and I greased her on like I'd done it a million times. Probably better than any of the landings I did at KONO! (or maybe I have a good imagination). The training I did with you gave me the confidence I needed to make my first flight successful and I'm so glad I decided to get the transition training! It made everything seem easy on my first flight and I wasn't worried about how to fly it. I just went out and did what we practiced. In retrospect, I can't imagine doing a first flight without training. Even though I have a lot of flight time, none of it was in RVs. Although I wouldn't say the RV is hard to fly, it is definitely different than the Piper and Cessna aircraft I have most of my time in. I have 4 flights and about 5 hours on her now. See the RV grin in attached photo. Thanks again for sharing your experience and aircraft with me. The training was worth every penny. If you make it down this way skiing give us a call. Otherwise I'll see you at Oshkosh next year. Brad N957BW
-----Original Message----- From: Kurt Kapelle <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: J Chris Droege <email@example.com> Sent: Mon, Sep 21, 2015 2:46 pm Testimonial; Chris is a great instructor who was able to impart the knowledge and skills I required with enthusiasm and finesse. Highly recommended! Kurt Kapelle Johnstown, New York I have first flight scheduled for this Wednesday AM. I have a good feeling Obie Wan! I'll send a pic of the "RV Grin" Thanks Again Kurt ********************************************************** .8 some radio transmit issues, at least nothing major. Find enclosed the requisite "RV Grin" Thanks again Chris Kurt
-----Original Message----- From: cferrin <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: 'J Chris Droege' <email@example.com> Sent: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 9:47 pm Subject: RE: Transition Training Thank You ! Chris, Thanks for making time to help me with crossover training. Your clean, organized hanger and spotless, prime RV7a shows how much you love flying and teaching. Your attention to the small details created an ideal learning environment that made the experience less intimidating and more pleasurable. The Eastern Oregon/Western Idaho area was a beautiful place for transition training with the variety of terrain and various exercises you used with the terrain to teach RV7a flying. I have been fortunate in having high quality flight instructors and you are among the best. I appreciated your well thought-out approach to training from pre-flight clear through engine shut down including all the detailed specifications of final approach and landing. What I learned from you will also be used with my current Cherokee. Thanks for not only being professional, but very personable and accommodating. I will recommend your services to anyone who I know is serious about flying a Vans RV. Chuck Ferrin PS: Meeting Aaron Rogers from the Green Bay Packers was a bonus!
-----Original Message----- From: "VANCE/LORI" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: July 13, 2015 at 4:20:17 PM MDT To: <email@example.com> Subject: RE: Transition Training Thank You ! Hello Chris, Sorry for the delay... "My transition training with Chris was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable flying I have done in a long time! Chris is the very definition of a knowledgeable and professional instructor! The aircraft and facilities were immaculate. The training syllabus was exceptional and Chris's input and explanations to my questions were spot-on! I now feel quite confident that I will be able to fly my RV safely. If you are even thinking of transition training give Chris a call. You will not regret it!!!" Thanks again Chris!! Vance
-----Original Message----- From: David Pratt <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 6:17 pm Chris, Making progress. Finally had the inspection for the certification and passed. Hope to get the first flight in by the weekend. (Weather permitting.) The wife is behind me all the way. Pushing!
Better send you this one also. She was eager to get the protective vinyl of the canopy.
Made the First Flight this afternoon. All went good. A little nervous about the landing but I greased it in just like you taught me. It has been 2 months since I received the training from you and it all came back. I used some of the notes that I took while flying with you and used them for pattern entry and landing. Like I said, greased it in for a perfect landing. Sending a picture, Myself and the EAA Tech advisor. The gentleman is 84 and still flying.
Thanks for all your help. Dave Pratt
-----Original Message----- From: Bryan <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Sun, Oct 12, 2014 8:45 pm Subject: RE: Transition training Chris, sorry for the late reply to this email. Life resumed for me in full force right after I flew with you, and I am finally able to catch up on several things that need/deserve my attention. I had a fantastic experience flying with you. As far as testimonials and advertising are concerned, well, let's just say that I am right in the middle of documenting my experience in my article for our chapter newsletter this month, and it is all good. My only regret is that I took absolutely no pictures of the experience, and I am beating myself up a bit for that. It all just happened so fast! I have been amazed at the large amount of information that I have managed to recall from the experience - everything from the ground sessions to the flight sessions, including all the pre and post briefing discussions. There was so much awesome info conveyed in those sessions that I am currently documenting all of it so that I don't forget it all later on. Thanks so much for building and maintaining such a fantastic airplane! She was a real joy to fly. I can't even begin to tell you how good it felt to get back in a high-performing aircraft again. Your meticulous nature in record keeping and the way that you fly and teach are very similar to my own, so I really appreciated that as well. I'll send you a copy of my article when I get it finished up, and will prepare a separate testimonial for you as well. I will definitely look for you at KOSH next year. You have my cell and email info. Bryan Raley
Because I was planning to purchase an RV soon and possibly also start the building process, I thought it appropriate to get some RV transition training and discover for myself, what this "RV thing" is all about. I contacted Chris and he was able to fit me in almost immediately. Chris is a friendly fellow and made me feel welcome and relaxed. Prior to flight we discussed his syllabus and what we were going to accomplish. The two days of flying involved the usual practice maneuvers such as s-turns, circles, engine out, approaches to pattern, pattern work and of course landings along with some "just fun flying" to see what I thought of the RVs. Surprisingly, that was some of the most enjoyable flying I have ever done. Chris is a joy to fly with and his RV-7A is the motivation I needed to make the final decision to start building. Sign up with Chris. You will be a better pilot if you do. Monte Clark
-----Original Message----- From: Doug Rehder <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:14 am Subject: RE: Transition training Hi Chris, First, here is my contact info and pilot cert #: Douglas E. Rehder, 4505 Laredo Pl., Billings, Mt. 59106 My review: I highly recommend Chris Droege for transition training and all types of flight training. I am too old to build and want to buy an RV7A before I get any older. I thought it best to fly one before I buy one. I am so glad that I spent time with Chris in his beautiful RV7A. The plane flies like a dream. Chris is an excellent teacher. He is thorough, detailed, professional and enjoys teaching. He has a great sense of humor. I can still hear the sound of the 50cal as we took out the enemy convoy. He also has very helpful and detailed written supplemental materials. And what a great hangar. Chris has my endorsement! Doug Rehder
-----Original Message----- From: Richard Chapman <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 9:55 am Subject: Re: Transition training Will do on all your requests. The training you gave me was great. Exactly what I needed to take the apprehension out of our first flight. Not to mention not having to figure out the right way to land a 7 because its wing is different than the 10 & 12 I flew most recently and had to figure out on my own. I went to all of the ABS training when I had my S35 Bonanza some 20 years ago and yours is every bit as good. ABS training is arguably the best available outside of my military training. I was equally impressed with yours. I didn't do that training because of an insurance requirement. I did it to stretch the envelope of the airplane and to become more proficient. Although I took your course because insurance required it, I probably would have done so anyway as everyone needs to do more than just go from A to B. I have the same attitude with the 7 as I did with the S35 and all my military experience. One point I'd like to make and thank you for is that you & perhaps others went through the trouble to be able to train in an experimental airplane. That must have been a genuine catch 22 when insurance required dual training that was basically illegal to pay someone to give and you went through the effort to make it available legally. Van's owes you. Your fee is very fair, too, by the way. I'll send you the cert info this evening as I don't have it with me at the moment. All the best to you and Nan. Happy flying. Richard Chapman Ret Naval Aviator
-----Original Message----- From: Ilan perry <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Sat, Nov 23, 2013 2:31 am Subject: RE: Transition training Hello Chris. Thank you very much for best flying training ever... It was very educational and professional time in Idaho I'll take your experience to the air with my RV. Hope to see you at Oshkosh this year. Best regards to your wife. Ilan perry-Israel- N323 AT PPl 3197100
40 hours flown off....no words ---Ilan Perry
-----Original Message----- From: William Mecham <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Wed, Dec 11, 2013 9:25 pm Subject: Re: RV Training Chris: As I told my wife, I have had five different flight instructors during my flight training and I believe I learned more in five hours with you than I learned in fifty hours with the other CFI's. Thanks again for your help with my RV transition training. You and Van's made flying fun again! Tomorrow the weather warms up to 28*F at mid-day and I plan to go practice what I learned for my first solo flight in N29TH. William D. Mecham Pinedale, WY. 82941
-----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> To: jcdroege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2013 3:41 PM Subject: Transition training Chris, Thank you for the flying instruction it was a great experience and I can't imagine not doing the transition training prior to flying the airplane. I felt it was well worth the time, money and effort to do the training with you. I would heartily recommend to everyone to do this before they fly their own plane. It was not only a learning experience it was enjoyable and a super way to see the area while learning and having fun. Thanks for all the instruction and information. If you and your wife are ever this way please consider staying with us and we will show you the area. We live only about 10 minutes from KAVL. We have great weather here most of the year and there are lots of areas to see and things to do. Here are my details: Cliff Sapp Hendersonville, N.C., 28792
-----Original Message----- From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> Just finished up a couple great days with Chris (PK) Droege. Wednesday night, after flying commercial into Boise (an easy 84 minutes from SFO), I met Chris and his extremely cool RV7a in their glistening, heated, KONO hangar. (49 minutes from Boise in the rental car). We sat down for 1.5 of ground mixed in with another 1.5 of get-ta-know-ya and by the end of our three-hour intro we had plans for our next two days of flying. Chris is a conscientious and methodical instructor. Moreover he is patient, caring and explicitly concerned that his teaching is effective and comfortable for each unique student. Collectively, these redeeming features make for a very high-yielding experience. I learned much about the RV7a but I learned much about my own flying as well. After Chris's training, I feel like I'm a better pilot than I have ever been. Furthermore, I believe it impossible to endure Chris's rigor without having an absolutely fabulous time. Finding confidence and control in an RV7a; flying canyons; twirl whirly; Oh yeah... :-D Big Fun in the Boise Valley - which deserves mention as well. The geography is particularly well suited to the training exercise... and we had ridiculously perfect weather as well. Severe clear and a billion on day one and some good wind the next day for the perfect challenge of newly acquired skills from the day before. Another nice touch, Chris. Thanks again. jeffrey r. hodgson, md private / instrument pilot, newly minted RV8or, KWVI
-----Original Message----- From: Paul Collins <email@example.com> To: jcdroege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tue, Sep 10, 2013 10:07 pm Subject: RE: rv training experience Just a note about a great experience! I spent two days with Chris Droege learning to fly an RV, and what a program it was. We first reviewed the paperwork and the needed knowledge, both about the plane itself and about the process of certification. He has indeed had experience there. Then, we spent 5 hours flying the RV 7A. Starting with just getting to understand the "feel", we then went to maneuvers, including stalls, steep turns and landing. Just what I needed. Now, when I finish the RV8 in a few weeks, I will feel MUCH more confident on taking it up for the first time. If you are starting to fly, or especially if you are going to be flying an RV for the first time, take a look at the web site; http://www.letsflyrvtraining.com. Thanks Chris for all you have done for me!! Paul Collins MD It flew!! Thanks for the help!!! The next 40 hours will be FUN. Paul Collins The training was ABSOLUTELY helpful!! I will never understand how someone would fly a plane like this for the first time without any training. It was FAST (>200) when I went through the engine settings. I have a LOT to learn, but this first flight was actually "Ho-Hum", nervous, but no surprises, except for the speed. Wow, much more than a Husky. The tower at Boise was a lot of help too. Thanks again and again for getting me ready!!! Paul Collins
-----Original Message----- From: gbrasch <email@example.com> To: jcdroege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sun, Oct 6, 2013 2:25 pm Subject: Endorsement Even though I am a fairly experienced professional pilot, I felt compelled to obtain the best possible transition training before I flew my newly certificated RV-9A. I chose Chris Droege for that training. The entire experience was fantastic, from making the arrangements to the ground instruction and finally flight instruction Chris provided. It was perhaps the best fixed wing training I have ever had. Chris has a program that intermingles maneuvers and procedures with pure fun flying that helps the pilot master the aircraft. A word of advice, my insurance company told me I did not need transition training due to my experience, that in my opinion was pure nonsense contrary to aviation safety. Chris has a 3.5 hour and 5 hour program. I went with the 5 hour plan. Do yourself a favor, do the same. It is worth every penny. Glenn Brasch, Captain PHI Air Medical Glenn Brasch, Owner www.RVairspace.com "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
-----Original Message----- From: Eric Grossmann <Eric.Grossmann@jeppesen.com> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Tue, Aug 27, 2013 8:50 am Subject: RE: Transition training Hey Chris, Thanks for the compliments! It was great flying over the last weekend and I enjoyed it immensely. The pics I provided are just for your curiosity really... just to show you what I got and where I'm at with it. Here's my testimonial: I would highly recommend Chris Droege for your RV transition training. In fact, if you don't want to do official transition training, at least try to fly with him to get the real facts about the capability of the airplane and it's safety design factors. He'll show you everything the plane can accomplish and its limitations. Chris also has a great attitude with a low stress demeanor about himself, which goes into the training, so that a complete understanding can transfer from him to yourself. It's NOT a check-ride, it's another builder/instructor showing you safely, what to expect when you're ready to fly your own airplane. The area he trains in allows you to see a number of different environmental factors that affects the plane, from low flat areas up to hills with wind currents, to small narrow airfields with obstacles. It really makes you comfortable in operating the RV and gives you complete confidence in your ability to fly your own craft. He focuses on smoothness, keeping ahead of the airplane until it becomes second nature... but more importantly on safety. I would say Chris is the top choice amongst any of the transition training instructors... it's a small price to pay for its true value! 70-70-70 I would love to fly with you again one day... maybe next time we can do formation training, with you in your airplane and me in mine! Take care Mr. Droege, sir... oh, I mean Chris! Eric
-----Original Message----- From: Jack Basiago <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Sat, Aug 24, 2013 6:23 pm Subject: Re: rv training Chris, I have flown my plane three times now. The first time was out of MDQ which has the wide, long runway, after my test pilot flew it over. Flew it for about a half hour to get the feel of it then landed; one of the best landings in my pilot career. Squeaked it on right down the centerline. Couldn't have done it without your instruction. Followed your "prescription for landing" and it worked just as planned. The next night, I flew it back to M38, home base with the 40 wide, 2500 ft runway. Once again, landed no problem. This morning I took it out for an hour and a half and landed again with no problem. I really enjoyed the training. I'n including a picture, but I'm planning on painting it some time this fall/winter, after I fly the 40 hours off and when the days get short. Here's a recommendation you're welcome to edit and use in any form you like. "Chris is an excellent instructor. I would recommend him to anyone seeking pilot training, particularly RV transition training. When I came to Chris, I only had 140 hours of pilot time in Cessna's and Piper's. He put me at ease and was always very encouraging. It was really fun. His training plan and ground instruction are well organized which allowed me to build confidence in a step wise manner. He gave me lots of guidelines, from keeping good records to landing sequences, that I've brought back to fly my own plane. Most of all, he gave me the confidence that I could do it. After Chris's training, my first landing was a squeaker. Talk about an RV grin experience!!!" sincerely, Jack Basiago
-----Original Message----- From: Dan Berkram <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Wed, Aug 21, 2013 7:54 pm Subject: Re: rv training Hi Chris, I haven't flown my machine yet. I did end deciding to go with a test pilot for first flight, but that won't be for another week. I can tell you I'm barley able to wait...it's driving me crazy. Anyway, the training was definitely valuable - while flying an RV is fun in itself, I did enjoy the variety of flying we were able to do. Also, I know it was a lot of time compressed into a short schedule, so I appreciate your flexibility in making it happen. And I did get a Dominos pizza while I was there. Smile Hope all is well. Thanks again, Dan
-----Original Message----- From: Joe Neal <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Mon, Aug 5, 2013 7:11 am Subject: Re: training Hi Chris, I wanted to say thank you for the excellent RV7 training you provided over the past few days! At the end of the day, I was able to leave feeling very confident in my abilities to fly a slick, quick airplane such as an RV with accuracy and precision. I've flown with many other instructors over the past few years, and would definitely put you at the top of the list! I felt the training went extremely smoothly, thanks to the attention to detail and effort you put into your entire program (airplane, syllabus, etc;) Emphasis was made on consistent power and speeds to obtain repeatable results while at the same time keeping things smmooooth! On a side note, eastern Oregon was absolutely gorgeous! Couldn't really get any better for an area to train in. Thanks again, looking forward to seeing you at Oshkosh next year! Joe
-----Original Message----- From: CraigPoulsen <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 3:25 pm Subject: Re: rv training Thanks Chris for the opportunity to fly with you. I found the syllabus and your step by step program very inuitive an easy to follow. But best of all was flying in southwestern Idaho and Eastern Idaho - it just doesn't get any better. And finally, the aircraft was superb, obviously well built and meticulously maintained. Thanks again. Craig
-----Original Message----- From: Gerry Morgan <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Wed, Mar 13, 2013 4:21 pm Subject: Testimonial I have recently trained with Chris Droege at the Ontario, Oregon airport, KONO. The professional communication, scheduling, hangar, and aircraft made the experience outstanding. Chris was very accommodating on my short notice for some RV transition training. His hangar is a very nice place to train, he has training aids, and the real RV-7 right there for detailed training. The in flight experience was also very professional, the low density training area of Ontario, and surrounding area made for a relaxed learning environment. I believe Chris can read his students, and accomplish the training needed by each student, in each model of RV. Chris thank you very much for working with me. I hope to get up the fly with you again. About myself; U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot, U.S. Air Force Pilot retired, ATP, Muti-engine, Rotorcraft-Helicopter, Commercial, Instrument. Retired airline pilot. Owner of three airplanes, Cessna 340, North American AT-6D, and an RV-4. Gerry Morgan
From: pwmort <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 7:10 am Subject: Re: RV training Hi Chris, The training you gave me in December made my return to general aviation flying comfortable and enjoyable. After 30 years of military and airline flying and instructing, I found your training through and very professional. Your friendly personality contributed to the transfer of knowledge and technique. I think it was a great value and totally fun to boot! Sincerely, Paul Mortenson Airline captain
From: Wang Robert <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Chris <email@example.com> Sent: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 7:53 pm Subject: RE: rv training Hi! Chris.. I am so sorry that I reply you so late. I have a lot of business to take care, because I am building a new food factory. We did have great time to fly with you. " I'm from Taiwan, Asia. I was worry about language impediment , but Chris said that's not a problem!! He always had patience with me. I can say it was an outstanding experience to fly with Chris . And I learned great transition training from Chris. I would recommend Chris to any one in world even your English is good enough. Thank you very much!!" Sincerely, Robert Wang
From: Noel Campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Fri, May 25, 2012 2:33 pm Subject: Re: rv training Chris, It was a real pleasure to fly with you.I just soloed my RV-8A yesterday and the training that I received from you made that transition very easy for me. I an so glad that I took the time to come up and train with you. It gave me the confidence and knowledge to fly my own RV safely. I would recommend you to any pilot who is getting close to flying his or her RV. You are the MAN. V/R Noel Campbell
From: Bob Peck <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Mon, May 14, 2012 10:30 pm Subject: testimonial Transition training with Chris in his RV-7A was an outstanding experience. Chris focuses on the essential items that expedite your ability to safely and confidently fly an RV-7A. The initial focus was on taxi techniques, rudder control and basic aircraft maneuvers to gain experience and confidence. We ended with multiple patterns including at least one dead stick from 5000'. Emphasis was on power setting and speeds in the pattern leading to a consistent approach path and multiple full stop landings. I would recommend Chris to anyone needing RV-7A transition. Bob Peck (retired from AF and UPS Airline)
From: Barry Severne <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: jcdroege <email@example.com> Sent: Sat, May 12, 2012 1:07 am Subject: RE: RV9 in Oz Hi Chris RV9 up and flying, re-registered as VH-FOZ. Just fitted an MT 3 blade c/s prop to get in and out of my short 450m bush strip. It goes well but hesitates momentarily when we pull back the power on take-off at 500 feet to 25". We'll clean out the main jet in the carby and see if that makes it better. Many thanks for the RV-7A transition training and your hospitality. It was great fun and also gave me the confidence to get my own RV, albeit a slightly slower and more sedate RV.. Best wishes Barry
From: MBick7077 <MBick7077@aol.com> To: jcdroege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 7:07 pm Subject: Re: rv training I just cannot say enough as far as a great learning experience with a very knowledgeable and patient flight instructor. Before the training I had only 1/2 hour in an RV, a demo ride from Van's. Chris had a complete, straight forward, easy to understand syllabus. The training was the same complete, straight forward approach. Did I mention Fun! Fun! Fun! Thank You THANK YOU!!!!!! I will attach a couple of photos on my airplane!
From: Eric Puschmann <email@example.com> To: jcdroege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 8:22 am Subject: Re: training time I just received some great RV-7A transition training from Chris and highly recommend him. A bit about me: prior F-111 pilot, current CFI/CFII, and about 4000 total hours. Before visiting Chris, I had about 6-7 hours in friend's RV-7A aircraft, but no landings. Chris started out the morning with a professional DUATS briefing, discussion of our flying backgrounds, review of the aircraft logs, and preflight. On our two rides, we worked on getting to know the airpane which included several level turns, steep turns (45 degree and just shy of 60 degrees), stalls, turns around a point, climbs, descents, and flight at various speeds. He placed an emphasis on getting to know the airplane and benchmarking pitch and power settings for the various flight regimes. We returned to the Ontario Oregon (KONO) airport for numerous patterns to full stop landings. Chris provided many very good techniques for flying the pattern, keeping speed under control (in the very slick airplane), and flaring. We also accomplished several soft field takeoffs and several simulated engine out landings. KONO is a great place to fly out of with a newly refinished 5000' runway, several other airstrips within 30 miles, not much traffic, and some great wide-open spaces to practice maneuvers. KONO also has a private warbird collection of Merle Maines that includes a T-33, F-4, F-111, A-7, and Mig-21--all parked on the ramp, that is well worth visiting. Thanks Chris for the great training. Eric Puschmann
From: Eric Puschmann <email@example.com> To: jcdroege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sun, Apr 29, 2012 6:23 pm Subject: N111EP First Flight Chris, Just wanted to let you know that N1111EP, Eric Puschmann RV-7A had a first flight today, 16 days after being transported from garage to airport. The plane flew great with the only squawk being the flaps blew a fuse halfway through flight, so I needed to make a no-flap landing. Still turned off easily after 2000 feet of runway in front of several "highly critical" USAF Edwarfds AFB test pilots. The plane flew perfectly and I thank you for your help in the training. Eric Puschmann
From: bob wolf <email@example.com> To: jcdroege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 1:23 pmjcd Subject: RV-training My flights with Chris were a thoroughly enjoyable, and productive introduction to the world of RV flying! I had been away from small airplanes for a while, but what better way to come back than roaming the skies of Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho in his beautiful RV-7A. Flying with Chris is not only fun, but a very good value as well. His experience and syllabus for learning to "speak RV" will help pilots of all levels of experience get up to speed quickly, and with a big smile on your face! Bob Wolf, B737 Capt., Boise, Idaho
From: Gary Hamilton <email@example.com> To: Chris Droege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 12:15 pm Subject: RV Transition Training Hi Chris, Thank you for a great RV flight training experience. Your knowledge and friendly manner made the training day a great success. The immaculate condition of your RV7A and its hangar certainly added to the positive aspect of the overall training. A worthy goal for my own airplane. I will be more than happy to be a good reference for your program if the need ever arises. Will work hard on the glideslope and flare techniques you showed me. Thanks again, Gary Hamilton
From: Steve Cary <email@example.com> To: Chris Droege <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 11:38 am Subject: Testimonial I am the second owner of a Van's RV-7A and a relatively new private pilot. For insurance purposes, I needed a few hours of training by a qualified instructor. I found Chris through Van's website. Chris was easy to work with, an excellent flight instructor, and patient in teaching me the fundamentals of controlling a high performance aircraft. I highly recommend Chris to anyone needing training in the Van's RV-7A aircraft. Steve Cary Idaho Falls, ID