From: "Dimartino, John M" <JDiMartino@monroecounty.gov>
Date: October 21, 2022 at 6:06:54 PM MDT
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You !

Here you go, Chris.

I just finished my RV-7A and received my Airworthiness Certificate. 
It was time for some transition training. Being a rusty pilot who is getting 
back into flying after 16 years, I took multiple lessons in all types of 
airplanes at our local flight trainingschool in Rochester, New York. When 
researching an instructor for the transition training, the Van's website 
led me to Chris Droege in Boise Idaho. Chris' aircraft is also a RV-7A 
with the same engine and prop. I had no issue with going all the way to 
Boise to train in an airplane as close to mine as I could find. This turned 
out to be a great decision. Chris put me at ease right away. My apprehension 
at my skill levels faded as we practiced maneuvers again and again. 
The retention of  techniques and numbers came easy as Chris continually gave 
me input and guidance throughout the program. Chris' style of training was 
just what I needed and I left, confident I could fly the airplane without 
issues. I am looking forward to getting my bird off the ground and applying 
the techniques I learned with Chris. If this testimony doesn't sway you 
to fly with Chris, just add beautiful scenery and great "fun flying" 
along the valleys.

Chris, thanks again for everything. I will let you know when I get her up. 
Also, don't forget. Next year we will only be an hour and a half flight away 
so we will definitely be visiting.

John DiMartino

From: Leonard Westermeyer <leonardwestermeyer@gmail.com>
Date: May 7, 2022 at 1:07:49 PM MDT
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You !

?Hi Chris,

Thanks for your note and kind words.  Here's a review:
Transition Training with Chris Droege

As I finished the build of my RV-7A, I felt the need to have some 
transition training.  Although I am a Commercial Pilot with an 
Instrument Rating and also was  a CFII many years ago, I still didn't 
feel confident to fly a new airplane without some guidance.  
Of the Trainers closest to my Spokane, Washington location, Chris Droege 
offered training in an airplane most like the one I built:  a RV-7A with 
Constant Speed Prop on an IO-360 Lycoming engine.  It was still an 8-hour 
drive from Spokane to Nampa, ID, and the only window of decent weather 
occurred in the early morning.  Since the forecast predicted deteriorating 
conditions after 9 am, Chris agreed to start my training at 6:15 am.  
I appreciated the emphasis on safe flying and the establishment of 
repeatable procedures which become habit patterns.  These routines 
simplify flying and make it safer.
Chris concentrated my training where I needed it the most: in takeoffs 
and landings, and I was able to become proficient during the almost 
three hours of concentrated practice.

As we made our last landing the winds picked up and we knew we had finished 
just in time. Driving back to Spokane, I was met with driving rain and hail.

All in all, it was an excellent experience and I would gladly recommend 
Chris's services to other builders.

I'm planning to do my first flight tomorrow afternoon!  
I'll let you know how it goes.

Best regards,

Leonard Westermeyer

From: Forsonbell <forsonbell@aol.com>
Date: January 20, 2022 at 8:58:36 AM PST
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Subject: Transition training review
Reply-To: Forsonbell <forsonbell@aol.com>

I just finished building an RV-7A with an IO-360 and constant speed prop, 
and got it certified just before Christmas 2021. As an older guy pilot 
(75) with only C-172 time, I had a bit of anxiety about the different 
flight characteristics of my RV. So I contacted Chris and went to Nampa 
in early January 2022 for transition training in his RV-7A which is 
identical to mine. Chris's two-day transition course was exactly what 
I was looking for. Chris has a training method that is simple and logical, 
and it worked perfectly for me. He drills home the most important flight 
parameters that you need to focus on for successful takeoff and landing, 
and for inflight maneuvering. He does the training in a very structured 
step-by-step format -- with each step going through air speed, power setting, 
climb rate, descent rate, approach procedures -- that you will not forget.  
All of this is very well explained in the POH that Chris has posted on his 
website. The repetition is good and very effective. I can say that Chris's 
methodology guarantees that you will easily transition to flying your own 
RV, which I successfully did a week later. Very happy! I highly recommend 
Chris's transition training.
John Bell
Reno, NV

I just completed my RV7A transition training with Chris Droege in Nampa, 
Idaho and I couldn't be more pleased with the training I received in my 
short time there! Chris is extremely knowledgable about his aircraft and 
has vast experience with different kinds of airplanes. I really appreciated 
his structure and teaching style as well his attention to the particular 
needs that I had as a fairly new and inexperienced pilot. He took the time 
to fully answer any questions I had and tailored his teaching to my 
particular areas of need. I also appreciated his humor and flexibility. 
So happy I chose him to teach me about the intricacies of flying his 
amazing bird and highly recommend him to anyone who wishes to experience 
flying such a fun, fast, and responsive machine. I'm still on Cloud 9 and 
am hoping to find my very own RV7A soon, knowing that I will be able to 
fly it with the skill that's required to stay safe while flying this 
little sports car of the skies!
Paulette M Colgan
Tucson, AZ
-----Original Message-----
From: Michelle Howard 
To: jcdroege@aol.com 
Sent: Wed, Nov 17, 2021 12:27 pm
Subject: Re: Review

Attached is the review that I wrote for you.  Thanks again for everything.  
I'm still on Cloud 9 and can't stop talking about it.  I had everyone 
huddled in to hear all about it at the club today.  It's a bit of a 
challenge to describe how sleek and responsive to everything your plane is.  
They've asked me to fly the 172 to Nogales tomorrow for its oil change, 
all expenses paid and a free breakfast for my husband and me.  So it's nice 
I get to fly for free, but I'll be thinking about and longing for your plane 
the entire time.  Not to mention those happy little trees...



P.S. - I only got one picture of you and the plane, but I'm attaching it 
in case you'd like to use it.

From: rv9pilot@comcast.net
Date: October 20, 2021 at 12:24:12 PM PDT
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Subject: First Flight - N66KJ

Greetings Chris,

Wanted to let you know I had the first flight of my RV-9A on October 3rd.  
The flight went very well and the plane flew great.  The only squawk was 
a comm issue that I was able to track down and fix.  I attached a few 
pictures from that day.

Thanks again for the transition training, it definitely helped 
the first flight go smoothly.

John Armstrong

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris McConnell <mcspeed@gmail.com>
Date: September 12, 2021 at 12:29:58 AM AST
To: "J. CHRIS DROEGE" <jcdroege@aol.com>
Subject: Vans RV Flight Training


A quick note to say thank you for working with me on our Vans RV 
flight training.

Simply put, your training program far exceeded my expectations.   
You are easy to work with, disciplined in staying on task and committed 
to enabling your student with the necessary skills to safely and 
successfully fly with confidence.

Having flown the RV8 tail dragger for some time now I arrived knowing 
how to "fly" the RV.   Having never flown the 7A tricycle gear, I wanted 
to gain the confidence with "adult supervision" backing me up.   I left 
feeling confident about how to successfully take off and land the 7A, 
how to protect the nose gear and how to stay on top of the free castering 
nose gear.  

An unexpected bonus was your disciplined approach to flying the pattern 
including getting setup for success miles out including slowing down 
the aircraft early.  Flying to a known set of #'s (MP and RPM) proved to be 
a repeatable methodology.  

Thank you for making me a safer and better pilot.

I'm looking forward to flying with you again.

All the best,

Chris McConnell
Reno, Nevada

-----Original Message-----
From: rv9pilot@comcast.net
To: 'J. CHRIS DROEGE' <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Jul 19, 2021 11:33 am
Subject: Transition Training Review

I traveled to Boise last month to take transition training with Chris Droege 
and am extremely happy with the instruction I received.  We started out 
with 2 hours of ground school on Friday to discuss the RV flight 
characteristics and go over the syllabus for the next two days.  Saturday 
started with taxi practice to get familiar with the castering nosewheel, 
then we took to the air and flew a number of turns, climbs, and descents 
to "get familiar with the wing".  We then did more air work such as stalls 
and steep turns followed pattern work.  I really liked Chris' approach to 
practicing takeoffs and landings because rather than stay in the pattern 
simply doing touch and goes, each loop consisted a realistic approach 
to the airport.  We would climb to an altitude away from the airport, 
then practice the decent to pattern altitude and speed prior to entering 
the pattern.  Many pilots talk about how hard RVs are to slow down, but 
getting things set up prior to entering the terminal area makes all the 
difference.  Once in the pattern he emphasized hitting the correct power 
and flap settings at each phase of the landing, and maintaining a 
stabilized approach.  Things we all were taught in private pilot training 
but it was a great refresher.  And we came to a full stop after each circuit 
to allow time to debrief the landing and set up for the next take off.  
Sunday was more pattern work and additional air work such as following a 
winding road (great fun) to reinforce the instruction from the day before. 
At the end of the training I felt confident I'm prepared for my first flight.  
Thanks again Chris, I really enjoyed flying with you!
John Armstrong

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Mon, Jul 19, 2021 6:57 pm
Subject: Tim Glenn

Hi Chris. Just to let you know my first flight was fantastic. All the 
numbers for the plane are right on the POH. My takeoff and landing were 
just as we discussed. Big relief. Looking forward to the rest on the 
testing and flying to Oshkosh with my friend. Thanks for all your help 
again. Regards. Tim Glenn N520TG.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steven Noneman 
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Sent: Tue, May 18, 2021 6:44 am
Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You !


We arrived safely home last night and got your message. Our trip was 
a very valuable to me!

Your training was "right on the mark" as I prepare for the first flight 
of my RV-7A. Your instruction is clear and direct and you were precisely 
responsive to my questions. N585RV is an outstanding learning platform 
allowing me to focus on the flying without distractions!

I appreciate the tips and will follow up before my first flight. 
I definitely want to stay in touch and continue to share information!

Thanks again!

P. S. 

Here's a photo I took:

-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Glenn <timglenn58@gmail.com>
To: jcdroege@aol.com <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Mar 24, 2021 5:41 pm
Subject: RE: Transition Training Thank You !

RV Transition Training with Chris Droege March 20-21, 2021
I'm building a RV12is and wanted to get RV transition training 
in preparation for my first flight.  I was referred to Chris Droege in 
Boise, ID (Nampa Airport) by the folks at Van's.  All I can say is this 
was one of the best investments I've made in flight training the last 
few years.  Chris took me as a relatively high time, high wing aircraft 
guy and gave me what I needed to feel confident with the RV wing and its 
unique handling qualities.  He didn't try to unteach me things but added 
what I needed to be safe with the shorter, quicker RV wing profile.  
Admittedly the first day weather was a bit challenging, but the second day 
was perfect and by the end of the day I was nailing my landings.  
Take-offs were a bit more challenging for me, but Chris provided the pointers 
I needed to improve without any judgement or drama.  After 4 years of mostly 
building, I feel like Chris provided me the boost of confidence, with his 
expert training, that I needed to jump in my own plane when it's complete 
in the next couple of months.  I highly recommend Chris Droege 
and his RV expertise.
Thanks Tim Glenn

-----Original Message-----
From: Jereme Carne <jeremejcarne@gmail.com>
To: J. CHRIS DROEGE <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Mar 10, 2021 3:27 pm
Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You !

I made it out to Nampa Idaho this past weekend to do some transition 
training in Chris Droege's beautiful RV-7A. I had an absolutely wonderful 
time flying with Chris. His fun personality very much suited mine and he 
is a great instructor! He holds you to a very high standard which as an 
educator myself I appreciated as it just works. His objective is to make 
you a safe pilot when flying the Van's and does a great job at pointing out 
the intricacies of the aircraft. He also points out the differences between 
it and other common aircraft we have all trained in. Trust me, there are 
differences that I am glad I did not have to experience on my own! 
The power alone at which this thing accelerates was eye opening! Long story 
short Chris did a great job training me in the RV-7A and I am glad I chose 
to get the training! It made the first flight significantly less stressful 
as I now had a pretty good idea what to expect and how to handle it. 
I highly recommend him to anyone else that needs some training!

-----Original Message-----
From: sandy Johnson <sandy10johnson@gmail.com>
To: J. CHRIS DROEGE <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Nov 5, 2020 7:33 am
Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You !

My first flight in an RV was really a bit of an eye opener. I purchased 
a 9A and took a quick hop. Before we even got off the runway I realized 
this plane is a hot rod. I kinda knew that since I'd been researching RV's 
for several years. However that flight distilled in me the need for some 
professional training in type. 

My wife and I researched the subject and found Vans had a great list 
of instructors. For me, Chris stood out as the best fit. I wanted to focus 
on the plane and its characteristics. Ater a couple of phone conversations 
I felt he had the experience, credentials, and personality I was looking 
for. I was not disappointed. 

Chris uses his RV-7A with 180 HP and constant speed prop. Looking back, 
it's really the perfect fit for transition training. Chris was an excellent 
instructor. He focused on what I needed to be confident, comfortable, and safe. 
He pointed me in the right direction to develop and extend my personal 
training. Additionally, his tips and training syllabus made the air time 
extremely efficient. One clearly wears this plane which really makes it fun.

I would encourage Chris's two day course to anyone buying a prebuilt RV 
or going for a first flight in their own.  He'll quickly zero in on your 
specific needs and prepare you to safely fly your RV. The investment is 
well worth it. Beside that, his plane is a blast. Bonus score. 

Thanks a bunch Chris. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff smith <jeffonesmith@gmail.com>
To: Chris Drouge <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Aug 13, 2020 4:00 pm
Subject: RV Trng

Training with Chris was Enlightening and a lot of fun in the beautiful 
Treasure Valley. His hanger is squeaky clean with three highly polished 
flying machines. He puts you at ease and starts out with just "flyin," 
the RV to get comfortable. As the student, you think that there is so much 
more to learn to be proficient, but Chris has seen it all and ends each 
session with encouragement and , "I can fix that tomorrow." Sure enough, 
by the end of the next session, you have largely been fixed. His job is to 
ensure that you are safe, proficiency will come with experience.
These planes are just different enough in handling, and landing that 
competent instruction is a must. I can highly recommend Chris and  

Jeff Smith

-----Original Message-----
From: Dylan Grigg <grigg@highlandptrs.com>
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Sent: Thu, Jul 23, 2020 6:39 am
Subject: Re: thanks !

I had a great experience flying with Chris in his RV-7A. He helped me 
prepare for the transition up in power from my 118hp RV-9A and generally 
improve the way I fly an RV. Chris is a great flight instructor. 
He takes time to understand your needs as a student and is very easy 
to work with while in the air. I feel like a safer pilot coming out of 
this training experience, and I am sure I will be back in the future. 
Thanks, Chris. 

Dylan Grigg
Principal | Highland Partners

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim <rvtach@msn.com>
To: J. Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Jun 25, 2020 6:55 am
Subject: First flight

Hi Chris!

Made my first flight on Saturday. A friend of mine put together a video 
that you can see on YouTube. Everything went perfectly. Your training 
was key to the success of this flight. I'm amazed at how well prepared 
I felt throughout that first flight. All in all it's a pretty boring story. 
I'm planning on writing up a complete review for you over the weekend.

Thanks again for everything!



-----Original Message-----
From: Jim <rvtach@msn.com>
To: J. Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, Jul 12, 2020 4:36 pm
Subject: Thank you!!

Hi Chris-
Here's the story I've told several times about the training I got from you 
at the end of May:  When I was getting close to flying my RV-7A project 
I had some serious doubts about whether I should make the first flight myself 
or if I should seek out a more experienced RV pilot to fly it the first time. 
Common sense told me that having had limited stick time for the previous 
10+ years it would be smart to have someone else at the controls. 
But I didn't want to do that. It's my airplane that I built myself that 
I've had my hands on every step of the way and I didn't want to be a spectator 
for the first flight. Besides my insurance company was going to require 
some dual instruction or 25 hours of RV-7A time for me to be covered. 
So, besides being a good idea, getting some RV-7A dual was essentially mandatory.
I sent a message to the Arizona RV List (a Yahoo list serve for RV enthusiats) 
asking for any RV CFI recommendations and I got a couple of responses 
from some local guys - one of whom said that "Chris Droege in Idaho 
gave the best flight instruction I've ever received".
I contacted several of the CFIs listed on Vans website for RV instruction 
and Chris's reply was warm and accommodating and helpful- "We'll make it work 
with whatever schedule you have! Let's pick some dates."
We had to reschedule the training once due to time and a less than favorable 
weather forecast. Chris was totally accommodating and eventually my wife 
and our grandson and I made the 1100-mile long drive from Tucson, Arizona 
to Nampa, Idaho.
Over the course of 2 days, I received the best flight instruction 
I've ever gotten. Flying with Chris was a lot of fun. But he was a taskmaster 
on doing things the same way every time and being safe and making good choices.  
We practiced emergency procedures and stalls and unusual attitudes and 
he gave me some general exercises to do at home to polish my RV flying skills. 
Every pilot has heard all about sight pictures and not looking at the 
instruments all the time - using outside references instead - and being 
precise and smooth but Chris really drove it home and he truly changed 
the way I fly. I'm now a much better pilot because of the time I spent 
with him.  
In addition to learning how to fly an RV, Chris spent time going over some 
really helpful information about living and travelling with an RV and how 
to survive the DAR inspection and some key points about good record keeping 
for the plane I had built. As a first time owner, builder, repairman, 
this was an expected bonus.
After those two days with Chris I felt very confident flying my own plane 
on the first flight which happened a couple weeks after I got back to Tucson. 
It went perfectly and there was no nerves or stress on my part. 
I just had confidence that I knew what to do and it was like every other time 
I've flown: I'm back home in the air in the airplane 
I built with my own hands.
Here's a video and a couple of photos...

Thanks for everything!


-----Original Message-----
From: brad.martens@comcast.net
Date: June 21, 2020 at 8:12:34 AM MDT
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Subject: Transition Training


First flight was Thursday morning 6/18 and was an amazing safe and 
successful event.

I can't thank you enough for the excellent preparation and training 
last weekend. The steep turns, climbing and descending turns, and my 
personal favorite flying the Snake river really made for an awesome 
training experience. All the takeoff and landing practice was just what 
the doctor ordered. It's amazing how fast two days and  5+ hours of 
flight training goes by when you have a great instructor and aircraft.

I also wanted to say thank you again for your flexibility working 
around the weather challenges and making sure we were able to get in 
the necessary training time.

My 9A is a bit more docile flying machine than your 7A so the training 
really had me prepared me for that first flight. I can't imagine anyone 
not making the investment in transition training.

Thanks again for an awesome weekend!


Brad Martens

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Hitt <ken@meyersign.com>
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Sent: Mon, May 4, 2020 10:00 am
Subject: RE: Transition Training Thank You !

Attached is a photo before the maiden flight later today. I was very 
impressed and super happy with the training provided. The instructions 
provided are a very essential part of the process, even if a person has 
a lot of "experience" in other types of aircraft, they should never 
approach a different plane without the proper instruction, you have 
filled that need and now I feel confident in my ability to safely fly 
and land my plane.  Again , thank you, I appreciate very much for you 
taking the time to make this possible.
Ken Hitt

Meyer Sign & Advertising
2608 Hwy 99 S.
Mount Vernon WA 98273
Cell: 360-661-1000
-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Hitt <ken@meyersign.com>
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Sent: Tue, May 5, 2020 11:00 am
Subject: RE: flight training.

First flight video from last night attached. Thank you for the flight 
training, this would not have been possible without that very important 
part.  Wind was calm on takeoff and then 1 minute later gusting and 
blowing, welcome to spring in Washington. So the first flight was a test 
of the plane and also my nerves, all went well and I owe that to the 
training you provided. Plane flew straight and level and did not require 
any aileron trim, to which I was surprised.  again, Thank you
Ken Hitt

Meyer Sign & Advertising
2608 Hwy 99 S.
Mount Vernon WA 98273
Cell: 360-661-1000

-----Original Message-----
From: Dejan Vucinic <n719z@live.com>
To: jcdroege@aol.com <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Apr 28, 2020 10:17 pm
Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You !

Hi Chris,

The pleasure was all mine! What a confidence-builder!

My EAA chapter crowd already heard all about it. Expect more Californians 
to travel your way as they finish their RVs, we have half a dozen in the 
pipeline just at KRHV.

Hope to fly my 14 your way later this summer, quarantine help us. :)


-----Original Message-----
From: richard cridebring <rlcridebring@yahoo.com>
Date: April 27, 2020 at 3:04:19 PM PDT
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Subject: Re:  Transition Training Thank You !

Hi Chris,

Want to say thanks for some of the best flight training I've had. Your RV7 
is a fun plane to fly and it has made me want one, more than I did before. 
When the market recovers and I can find the right RV I will be calling 
for more training in my own plane. 

Thanks again,

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Stokes <stokesme@hotmail.com>
To: J. CHRIS DROEGE <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Apr 23, 2020 9:58 am
Subject: flying


I finally got my first flight in today.  Everything went well. Thanks 
to your excellent training my landing was great.  My referral is that 
"some of the best money I spent on my build was doing my transition 
training with Chris.  It was enjoyable and very effective."

The drone footage was very cool.  I have the museum on my list of 
places to visit.

Mark Stokes

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary G <planerv6@gmail.com>
Date: February 11, 2020 at 1:50:49 PM AST
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Subject: Re:  Transition Training Thank You !

Hi Chris. I'm happy to report a successful first flight on Feb 9 , 2020 
in my RV-8A.  Training with you made the process much easier and less 
stressful for me. Even though I had some previous RV time your program 
really helped me get back in the groove. 

Thanks again
Gary Gunn
Phoenix AZ

-----Original Message-----
From: Don Gingerich <don1245@msn.com>
To: J. CHRIS DROEGE <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Nov 6, 2019 5:39 pm
Subject: Fw:

Hi Chris 
First flight today for N25WT!  Went flawless, great machines! 

Thanks for training, especially so that it was real life, making this 
flight safe and successful, but also balance between making it count 
and making it fun.

Enjoyed my time with you and your wife. 
Hope to meet you both again 
Thank you Sir


-----Original Message-----
From: Ray Honovich <rayhono@me.com>
To: Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Sat, Mar 16, 2019 8:04 am
Subject: Thank you

Hi Chris,

I just wanted to thank you for all your help and professionalism with 
my RV transition training.  You were exceptionally accommodating with 
my schedule and a real pleasure to work with.  As I am a former Navy 
instructor pilot, I appreciated how you focused on the parameters 
(airspeed, altitudes, configuration and power settings) that will 
eventually become muscle memory.  At the same time you were very 
flexible adapting to the different training that I might need as I fly 
big airplanes for a living.  Chris, you have a very calm demeanor that 
makes it easy and fun to learn.  It was truly a rewarding experience.  
I'll be relying heavily on this training as I bring my RV9A home 
this weekend.  Fly safe my friend. 

- Cheers, Ray
777 Pilot Fed Ex

-----Original Message-----
From: Carl & Bev <N34552@KestrelProp.com>
To: J. CHRIS DROEGE <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Dec 17, 2018 6:06 pm
Subject: Flight training experience


Thank you once again for the very excellent flight training. 
I deliberated for a considerable amount of time, whether it would be 
of much befit and whether it would be " worth the cost". 
The answer, in hind-sight, is a resounding ABSOLUTELY!

I think that, as pilots, we typically become accustomed to accepting 
slightly greater risks as normal. We owe it to ourselves, our friends 
and loved ones, to not let this acceptance get out of hand. Isn't this 
the reason that we pre-flight our planes? We're in one of the most amazing 
countries in the world; one that allows us to build a machine that will 
take us where we want to go, when we want to go. We're also alive during 
an amazing time, one that will allow us to do this at 200 miles per hour. 
This also gives us a responsibility to future generations; to not mess it up 
for them.We are now very fortunate that it's no longer necessary to teach 
ourselves how to fly an RV. We can now learn from others, such as yourself. 
I feel much safer for having taken your course; I'm much higher up on the 
learning curve, so to speak.

Flying a plane that has never flown before, powered by an engine that has 
only run a few hours on the ground has enough risks. By careful, thoughtful 
construction and pre-flight testing, I tried to minimize these risks as 
much as possible. That left the biggest variable, the pilot, as the only 
factor where risk reduction had not been fully implemented, until now. 
I very much appreciate you putting yourself out there to teach people, 
such as myself, how to do things "the right way". On top of that, I had 
a blast doing it. 

I've attached a couple photos of my 7A. It's waiting for the pilot / static 
(411) test and the Transponder cert. (413) then I'll make the appointment 
with the DAR. Flying with you has helped to renew my enthusiasm for continuing 
"the process". I'll drop a line before heading out to Oshkosh next year and 
hope to meet up with you again, over there. If you find yourself in the 
Denver area before then, give a call. 'Til then, keep in touch.

Take care,  

Carl A. Boecher

-----Original Message-----
From: John Shaffer <john@rhinocourts.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 8:48 am

Subject: How bout something like this ? 

My Dad was a pilot in wwii and as a kid taught me a lot as I flew right 
seat w him in his v35 G model such as 

3 things in a chain of events will kill you / so if you are aware of two--
better start making some really good decisions really quick

3 elements to lasting a long time
Learn to fly your plane (REALLY learn --include taxi take offs and landings)
Don't run out of gas
vFR / don't fly into IMc
Do these 3 And you will be ok 

So it's really about decision making isn't it. And one of those decisions 
for me has been to seek very the best instruction for any aircraft I plan 
to fly. What if all the taxi takeoff approach and landing accidents were 
removed from this list


one of the best decisions I have made is getting instruction from Chris to 
begin laying a solid foundation for flying an RV. ( before I own an RV) 
Learning the two cardinal sins of takeoff, learning power settings which 
yield repeatable results in all phases of flight and the exact air speeds 
for safe aircraft control

If you Want to REALLY learn to fly your RV go see Chris - I know for a fact 
I am much more knowledgeable and a safer pilot after working through the program.
on a side note - flying w Chris in his beautiful RV was the most fun 2 days 
I have ever had in an airplane

https://www.letsflyrvtraining.com = great training and big time fun - 
what could be better 

John Shaffer

-----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Olney Zide <joshzide@gmail.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, Oct 14, 2018 2:52 pm
Subject: Re: Transition Thank You !

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the email and for a great half-day of training. I was very 
impressed, and you are free to use this review/testimonial:

I had very limited time in Idaho (because I was combining my training with 
a work trip), but Chris was incredibly flexible working within my schedule. 
He worked hard to ensure that the limited time I had was as effective as 
possible, and he focused on the things that were important to me. More 
generally, he is positive, encouraging, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and 
all the things you want in an instructor, especially for transition training. 
It was a challenging (half) day, with significant winds, but flying with 
Chris increased my confidence and abilities significantly. If, in the future, 
I were able to acquire an RV, I would definitely return to Chris to complete 
my training! Even without immediate plans to build or buy an RV, I'd be very 
happy to fly with Chris again if the opportunity were to arise. 
Thanks again for your flexibility in meeting my needs!

I hope things went well for your other student, and thanks again for everything!


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Isert <n788jb@gmail.com>
To: John <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Aug 28, 2018 7:45 pm
Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You !

Chris, I want to thank you for giving me the best value for money I have 
spent on my RV-10 so far. I know that sounds a bit cliche but it is what 
it is. From an organized respect you were extremely prepared and well 
versed in what I needed to know. I was amazed how well you adapted to my 
style of learning. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel every minute of the 
time we spent together was focused. From the doing 'wheelies' on the ramp 
to show how tight the aircraft can turn, to taxiing exercises heading to the 
active, to 30-30-45-45 in the air en-route to our next block of training, 
not a second was lost during our time together. Your attention to detail 
and obvious expertise in your knowledge of flying, let alone the RV series, 
has given me a deeper appreciation of my airplane and increased confidence 
to take my RV journey to the next step. I'll keep you up to date. Please 
see attached a 'Getting Close' picture. Take care and thanks again. 
-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Isert <n788jb@gmail.com>
To: John <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 7:37 pm
Subject: Re: RV

Chris, today, at 10:30 AM I began my first flight in my RV-10. The flight 
went as expected and almost letter for letter what we trained for. 
Thanks again. Here are a few photos. Take care. Brian

-----Original Message----- From: Claude Pitre <cjpitre@gmail.com> To: J Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com> Sent: Wed, Aug 8, 2018 2:55 pm Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You ! I never did get you the review and pictures when I got home. I'll do that now that I just spent an hour listening to your voice in my head. My plane made its first flight this past Monday, I was along for the ride but my engine builder did the first flight. Today we went up again and I handled most of the flying. The time I spent down there was critical in getting me comfortable handling this plane. We're going up for one more dual flight in a few days and I'll get in some landings so I can tackle the rest of the test phase solo. The training with you was right up there with the most fun I've ever had and it has been an invaluable help in preparing me to fly my RV-9A. I particularly appreciated your personable and relaxed approach that kept the stress levels low, coupled with your candid correction of my bad habits - not accepting anything other than my best effort. Certainly among the best flight instruction I've received and I'd almost do it again just because I enjoyed it so much. The main reason I elected to train with you was that you airplane had an IO engine and a constant speed prop, both items that my plane has and that I had no experience with. The quality of that experience was exceptional and more than satisfied my requirements. Here are a couple of pictures of my plane, taken shortly before the first flight. Thanks again Claude Pitre

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Chapman <gcchapman@outlook.com>
To: Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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: Greg Chapman <gcchapman@outlook.com>
To: Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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 
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

Click here for first flight RV grin:

-----Original Message-----
From: kent <kent@cybermesa.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Jun 28, 2018 9:17 am
Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You !


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

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: kent@cybermesa.com
Date: April 12, 2019 at 11:21:48 AM MDT
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Subject: First  Flight N636KW


I didn't get my picture taker organized as well as I should I have just a
couple of pre-takeoff pictures attached.  That's the bad news.  The good
news is that both the pilot and the airplane looked pretty much the same
after the flight.  It lasted about 30 minutes and I was able to get it
back to the ground with out much fuss.  No weird departures when I tried
to slow it down to stall at altitude.

I certainly appreciate you help last June.

Kent Waterman

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hayes <mmhayes@outlook.com>
Date: May 16, 2018 at 9:47:44 PM PDT
To: "jcdroege@aol.com" <jcdroege@aol.com>
Subject: Testimonial


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 <lammers4699@yahoo.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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 <rhrezo@aol.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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 <rhicks@zianet.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 6:54 am
Subject: Re: rv flights

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. 



-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Albright <albriwc@hotmail.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 3:48 pm
Subject: First Flight RV-9A N975GP

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 <rn0183re@gmail.com>
To: J Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Jul 19, 2017 7:57 pm
Subject: My RV Transition Training With 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

Randall Eaker

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 

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 <pmquarberg@gmail.com>
Date: July 11, 2017 at 1:39:13 PM PDT
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You !


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


From: Paul Quarberg <pmquarberg@gmail.com>
Date: July 20, 2017 at 5:39:25 PM MDT
To: jcdroege@aol.com
Subject: It flies!


Thanks for your training - it flies just like yours, landing a breeze!


-----Original Message-----
From: Anson Fogel <anson@camp4collective.com>
To: J Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Jun 26, 2017 10:38 pm
Subject: Re: Transition Training Thank You !


THANK YOU. I just posted this on Vans Air Force - I recently spent 3 days  
with Chris Droege - https://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 <kentp.newby@gmail.com>
To: J Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.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 <rlh1414@gmail.com>
Date: November 30, 2016 at 1:47:52 PM PST
To: J Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.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 <lsa.aviation@xtra.co.nz>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Jul 28, 2016 4:40 pm
Subject: Transition Training


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


Patrick Sheehan
CAA PPL# 68258  (New Zealand)

LSA Aviation Ltd
PO Box 31 831, Milford, 0741
Auckland, New Zealand.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Rainbolt <rainbolt1@comcast.net>
To: J Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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
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:

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.

-----Original Message-----
From: R Larson <rrlarson@mvtvwireless.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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 <clairc@yahoo.com>
To: J. Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Jun 28, 2016 7:03 am

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.!

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Wells <pw3633@yahoo.com>
To: J. Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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

Thank you,

Peter Wells
RV-7A Builder, Pilot

-----Original Message-----
From: lwlanger <lwlanger@comcast.net>
To: J Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.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 <ki51driver@gmail.com>
To: J Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.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.

RV-8A, N306R

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Belle <mikebelle@tampabay.rr.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Nov 16, 2015 8:19 pm

Mike Belle's beautiful RV-8 in Florida.

-----Original Message-----
From: CenturyLink Customer <smithbw@q.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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.


-----Original Message-----
From: Kurt Kapelle <kurtkapelle@gmail.com>
To: J Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Sep 21, 2015 2:46 pm

 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


.8 some radio transmit issues, at least nothing major.
Find enclosed the requisite "RV Grin"
Thanks again Chris

-----Original Message-----
From: cferrin <cferrin@cableone.net>
To: 'J Chris Droege' <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 9:47 pm
Subject: RE: Transition Training Thank You !


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" <airfranks@comcast.net>
Date: July 13, 2015 at 4:20:17 PM MDT
To: <jcdroege@aol.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!!


-----Original Message-----
From: David Pratt <prattdb@gmail.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 6:17 pm


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 <raleyb@raleyb.cnc.net>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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: MCE Structural Consultants, Inc. <mce@montana.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Oct 8, 2018 8:40 am
Subject: Vans RV 8 Completion (Sort of)

My first flight in my RV 8 was September 7th.  Four years of building 
and as you can see I still have more to do.  Anyway, it flew well and is 
such a fun aircraft to fly.  I am currently working on the new engine 
break in.  So far 8 hours in flight.  I need to get the wheel pants on 
and some gear leg fairing.  Then I need to figure out how to get it painted.  
Hope to rendezvous with you next Summer. 
Monte Clark, PE, SE

-----Original Message-----
From: Doug Rehder <dougrehder@gmail.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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 <richard.chapman1@me.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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

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 <i.perry@lipogen.co.il>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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 <william717@centurytel.net>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Dec 11, 2013 9:25 pm
Subject: Re: RV Training

  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: cfsapp@the-sapps.com <cfsapp@the-sapps.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2013 3:41 PM
Subject: Transition training


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: jrhapple@gmail.com <jrhapple@gmail.com>
To: jcdroege@aol.com <jcdroege@aol.com>

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 <collins04@cableone.net>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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;
https://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 <gbrasch@rvairspace.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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
"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 <jcdroege@aol.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!

-----Original Message-----
From: Jack Basiago <jbasiago@sprynet.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Sat, Aug 24, 2013 6:23 pm
Subject: Re: rv training


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

Here's a recommendation you're welcome to edit and use in any form you

"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!!!"


Jack Basiago

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Berkram <daniel.berkram@comcast.net>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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,

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Neal <joepaulneal@gmail.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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!


-----Original Message-----
From: CraigPoulsen <craigpoulsen@cox.net>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gerry Morgan <kingsmen11@hotmail.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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 <pwmort@gmail.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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!


Paul Mortenson
Airline captain

From: Wang Robert <robwang88@hotmail.com>
To: Chris <jcdroege@aol.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!!"

Robert Wang

From: Noel Campbell <noje61@yahoo.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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 <bobpeck2000@yahoo.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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 <bseverne@enviroscan.com.au>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.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


From: MBick7077 <MBick7077@aol.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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!
 Mel Bickling

From: Eric Puschmann <puschy@aol.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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 <puschy@aol.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, Apr 29, 2012 6:23 pm
Subject: N111EP First Flight


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 <bmrwolf@msn.com>
To: jcdroege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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 <ghpilot@speedyquick.net>
To: Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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 <scary41835@earthlink.net>
To: Chris Droege <jcdroege@aol.com>
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