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Professional Student Success Stories at SkyWalk!

SkyWalk's Professional Pilot Program has produced some great local success stories.  Many of our Instructors and Students have been accepted into the exciting world of professional commercial flying!

This is what it's all about for many of our students, finally reaching the big-time and obtaining that coveted position with the airlines or another corporate entity as a professional pilot.

We thought you might like to know how where they are now*, and how they're enjoying their new careers.  
Maybe one of these days soon we'll see YOU here!

* Employment shown here was entered when the Instructor or student left Sky Walk, Inc. The information may have changed since entered, unless the individual notified us of any changes.



Most of our graduates go on to fly with SkyWest Airlines.

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Former SkyWalk Instructors

Barry Burkitt took training with us from his Instrument rating to CFI-I-ASEL/AMEL and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Sky West Airlines and flies a Cananda Regional Jet (CRJ). Barry is now a Captain with Sky West.

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"I'd like to let you know that I just completed my upgrade training in May in the CRJ at Sky West Airlines. I would like to thank SKy Walk, Inc. for everything you have done. The training i received with you was top notch and it really prepared me for the airline world.

I was able to complete my Instrument through CFII/MEI ratings at a fast pace. I not only felt I was prepared for the checkrides, but also prepared to fly in challenging conditions. Gen is an excellent instructor and his experience shows. "     --- Barry Burkitt



Scott Drake took training with us from his Private through Commercial ASEL/AMEL, CFI, and CFI-I and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Sky West Airlines and now flies a Cananda Regional Jet (CRJ).

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Jon Ebeling took training with us for his CFI-I and CFI-AMEL and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Sky West Airlines and now flies in a Canada Regional Jet (CRJ).

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"I came to Skywalk to upgrade my ratings and was subsequently hired by them as a flight instructor in 2002. I found Skywalk to be an excellent environment in which to both learn and teach. After gaining experience and building sufficient flight time I was hired in 2005 by the largest regional airline in the U.S. to serve as first officer on the EMB-120 Brasilia aircraft.

In terms of both quality of instruction and quality of equipment I found Skywalk, Inc. to be an outstanding flight school. All of Skywalk's aircraft are well maintained and safety is the primary emphasis in all of their training curricula. For someone interested in launching a professional flying career, Skywalk's personnel and equipment resources are hard to beat. Gen Hakamata's many thousands of hours as a corporate pilot and Norbert Schuchbauer's years of experience as both a corporate pilot and a check airman and flight instructor for an airline provide the prospective career pilot with guidance and insights which are invaluable.

Skywalk is the only flight school at Executive Airport to have Garmin 430 GPS units in all of its instrument training aircraft. For me, having had the knowledge of how to properly utilize GPS in the IFR environment proved to be essential during my initial operating experience as a first officer. When learning a technical skill such as piloting an aircraft it's important to learn things correctly from the beginning and to have the best equipment, instructors and environment in which to learn. The staff and facilities at Skywalk, Inc. provide just that."     --- Jon Ebeling


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Brent Geren took training with us from his Private through CFI-I-ASEL/AMEL and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Sky West Airlines and he now flies a Brasilia as a Captain.

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Stephan Lee took training with us from his Private through CFI-I/ASEL/AMEL and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Sky West Airlines and now flies a Canada Regional Jet (CRJ).

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Brandon Metzler took training from us from his Private pilot, Commercial ASEL/AMEL, CFI, CFI-I, and CFI-AMEL and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Sky West Airlines and flies a Canada Regional Jet (CRJ). Brandon is now a Captain with Sky West.

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"From the time I began searching for a flight school to start my flight training, to the day I was hired on by an airline; SkyWalk was nothing but the best!! I initially choose SkyWalk because they seemed to be very professional, knowledgeable, safety conscious and have a fleet of well maintained aircraft. After just a few lessons, I realized that not only were my initial predictions about SkyWalk true, but that the staff truly cared and wanted everyone to succeed in their goals. This held true whether it was to pursue a Private Pilot Certificate or to go all the way to the Airlines. The knowledge and experience of Chief Flight Instructor-President Gen Hakamata and that of his staff of instructors, was tremendous and this was evident on a daily basis.

The superior training and instruction I received from SkyWalk has helped me to succeed in the many training programs I have gone through to become a Captain on the CRJ. During my upgrade to Captain I received many compliments on my flying abilities. I was even told, "Wherever you did your training before the airlines, they did an excellent job because you are far outperforming the expected experience level". I could not agree more about the training and assistance I received from SkyWalk. They helped get me to where I am today. Whether you want to fulfill your dream of becoming a Private Pilot, an Airline Pilot, or anywhere in-between, I would recommend SkyWalk to take your there. "     --- Brandon Metzler



John Abercrombie took training with us from his Private thru CFI-ASEL. He works as a corporate pilot for a charter company.


Zarik Brost took training with us from his Instrument Rating, Commercial, CFI, and CFI-AMEL and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Sky West Airlines and now flies a Canada Regional Jet (CRJ).


Chris Carter worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Sky West Airlines and now flies a Brasilia.


Michael Ferreter took training with us for his CFI-I ASEL, and worked for us as a flight instructor. He flies for Sky King.


Terence Franklin took training with us from his Private through Commercial ASEL/AMEL, CFI-I ASEL/AMEL, and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Skywest Airlines and now flies a Canada Regional Jet (CRJ).


Greg Guster took training with us from his Private thru CFI-I ASEL/AMEL. He worked for us as an assistant chief flight instructor. He flies for American Eagle Airlines.

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Nick Hoefer worked for us as a flight instructor. Hired by Sky West Airlines, Nick is now a Captain, and flies a Brasilia.


Kyle Holder took training with us for his Commercial ASEL/AMEL, CFI-ASEL/AMEL, and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Skywest Airlines and now flies a Cananda Regional Jet (CRJ).


Patricia Jameson worked for us as a flight instructor. She was hired by Mesa Airlines and now flies a Beech 1900.


Zachary Miller took training from his Instrument rating to CFI-I ASEL/AMEL and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Sky West Airlines and now flies a Canada Regional Jet (CRJ).


Nima Pirzadeh took training with us from his Instrument rating to Commercial AMEL. He works as a corporate pilot.


Charlie Tarnowski took training with us from his Private through Commercial ASEL/AMEL, CFI and CFI-I, and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Skywest Airlines and now flies a Cananda Regional Jet (CRJ).


Clinton Weichers took training with us from his Private thru the Commercial Pilot Certification course. He was hired to fly corporate business jets. Currently he flies a Brasilia for Sky West Airlines.


Doug Widener took his CFI training with us and worked for us as a flight instructor. He was hired by Skywest Airlines and now flies a Cananda Regional Jet (CRJ).



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