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"Kent and I got 3.5 hours in this afternoon, which gets me up over the 10-hour minimum by the insurance carrier.
I’ve enjoyed working with you both. Kent was able to help me build on the great foundation Bill gave me last weekend. As I told Kent, you guys have brought me up to a B minus; I’ll work myself up to an A with a bunch of VFR PIC from here on. Once I get where I want to be, then we’ll launch into bringing my IFR current, probably with Kent’s help.
I look forward to seeing you both again at one of the BPT 2018 clinics, if not sooner.
You’re both consummate pros; I’m lucky to have had you transition me into the Bonanza!" -My best,
Pete B.Kill Devil Hills, NC
"Some of you know that I have been working to bring a Duke to airworthiness status after about 6 years out of annual and to fly it with a total of 8 hours multi-engine time on me.
Well this past weekend we made it - Thanks to the BPT team - would not have happened without them.
- with my insurance company to arrive at an insurance plan that would cover me with a total of 8 hours ME time in an Apache.
- worked out a detailed Duke Initial Ground School program
- worked out a great Duke Initial Flight program with two very experienced pilots
- worked out the schedule so that I could attend the BPT (Bonanza/Baron) training class at OK city this past weekend.
The training in OK City was a series of 1 hour lectures with Q&As - the instructors and material were so interesting that each hour seems like 5 minutes - the time just flew by. Some of the pilots there had attended these courses 19 times - If you go back 10, 15, 19 times for training it shows how valuable this training, both ground and flight, really is.
After 25 hours of inflight Duke training with two of their instructors (Special Thank you to Kent Ewing and Bill Hale of BPT), I feel very qualified to fly the Duke. Nothing like cruising along at FL 230 with the cloud tops below you and beautiful blue sky above. It is in the log books but I lost count of how many single engine approaches we did as well as engine shut downs - BPT covered every system and issue that could have happened both inflight and on the ground. You lose one of those 380HP engines on take off roll and you need to be trained for it and ready - Thanks to BPT I am.
The training environment is very open and you really look forward to learning it, these guys are demanding but in an enjoyable way.
I highly recommend BPT for Initial and Recurrent Bonanza, Baron, and now Duke training!!!
Any questions let me know - So far loving those big TIO-541 engines."
Ken R.Oklahoma City, OK
“Had a great weekend! Thank you!!!! Owned my Bonanza since 2009. Had no idea how much more I could learn about operating it. I have to say your videos enabled me to avoid potential hazardous outcomes on more than one occasion. Made many new friends and had a great weekend.”
“It runs the whole gamut for flying experience. Guys talking about their encounters with icing. Guys talking about you know how to dodge thunderstorms, how to stay safe in the air. A lot of these guys have been flying forever. And they’ve seen an awful lot. And they’re willing to share it, which is also a learning experience in addition to what you learn in the classroom and flying.
I don’t think there’s any place that you can find the level of expertise and depth of knowledge. Every one of the staff members is about as experienced as you could ask for.
Flying is all about learning and every time you come here, you learn something. And you have to stay sharp and if you don’t do recurrency training on a regular basis, it’s really easy to not be sharp anymore. And if you’re not sharp when it counts, it can cost you badly.”
Frank W.Concord, CA
"I've always preferred spending money on training rather than technology. The best piece of equipment in my aircraft is a well-trained pilot. I committed myself immediately after my instrument rating to getting annual "authentic" hands on training. The BPT is the perfect compliment to this annual goal. I wouldn't miss it for the world. I am only 66 years young, and intend to be flying competently on instruments until I'm 86. I have 3300 hours in my F33A, and learn multiple flying tricks and instrument techniques every time. The instructors have challenged me to beyond my comfort level for 28 plus years (yes, I'm a slow learner). As an intermediate (or even new) Bonanza or Baron pilot, you should consider the money an investment in yours and your family's safety. For only $900 more (when you attend a "live" BPT versus the Online + Flight) you obtain the ultimate "hangar flying" seminar and first class instructors. There are thousands of dollars in value just talking to fellow aviators and instructors who know, love and understand their Beechcraft aircraft. The one on one "walk around" your particular model potentially saves thousands on annuals, and provides expert (albeit limited in scope) analysis of your glorious bird. It is extremely valuable. If you have any questions or need information, do not hesitate to contact me for personal endorsement and confirmation." - Enthusiastically,
Tim S.Tucson, AZ
“I put my family in this aircraft and safety and knowing all the ins and outs from a senior very experienced mechanic is worth its weight in gold to me and to my family. The training’s invaluable, and the interaction is invaluable.”
Tim D.Concord, CA
“First and foremost , the excellent staff of instructors affiliated with the BPT. Next, the ability to have a Beechcraft expert examine a customer's aircraft, and give serious feedback to the owner. The companion program: won't get that on line. The total passion that the group has to offer, combined with the collaborative collection of many hours flying and owning a Bonanza or Baron. Tips that can save customer money, or an NTSB investigation. On line training is good but we all know the computer is not interactive. In closing, money well spent, a social outing, meeting fellow pilots and making new contacts/friends. A really good reason to go fly your bird!!”
Scott E.Oshkosh, WI
“Every time I come back here I always learn something new.”
Dan G.Concord, CA
“Kent & I want to thank you all for such a good clinic @ Tucson. Even though we did not get to do the actual flying portion, due to malfunction of our right side rudder pedals, the presentations, walk around & inspections & all were so beneficial. Spending time with other proficient pilots and instructors is also so invaluable.
Last Friday, Feb. 8th, we flew with Randy Bailey from the Fort Collins/Loveland airport to finish what we couldn’t do in Tucson. Kent was very pleased and challenged. And I got to attempt 4 landings from the companion seat. Can’t say they were pretty landings by far but thanks to Randy, Bonanza 7150N is still airworthy!
Thank you also for the sweet gifts you gave us girls in the Companion Class in Tucson. You make us feel privileged to be Companions, and share the intrigue of flight with our pilots.
We are really enjoying the Lightspeed Headset, too. Very nice.
Thanks again and we wish you all many more successful clinics and safe flying.”
Kent & Cindy
“… a lot of it too is just the networking and getting to talk to other people who’ve owned planes, and if they’ve owned them, longer than I have, obviously.”
Jennifer D.Concord, CA
“Flew out to Ft Collins Thursday after work. Friday spent the day doing my BPT flying that i didn’t get done while at the October clinic in Tulsa due to weather. Great time flying with Randy Bailey. Got a BFR and IPC done. Did a nice ground school on mountain flying too!”
“It’s actually part of our safety program at the state that all the pilots go through every two years.”
Amy C.Concord, CA
“I was surprised what had happened to the BPPP that my nephew and I grew to love. I am so glad that the core instructors, who we thought so highly of, started BPT training. We hope to get set for Greensboro. Thank you for your e-mail as we would have never realized that there are two groups, and we would always choose the core instructors. Please keep us informed. I really need to get back to training as I have about 8 hours for the whole year (all 4 kids in sports and hate to miss games, etc.) I would love to get some training before Greensboro.”
“You guys are the greatest. I have attended the weekend clinics for 12 or 13 years and have found them very valuable. Hopefully, you will schedule one for the east coast in the fall. Glad to hear you are continuing the weekend clinics.”
“Wow, there is a bright star shining this Christmas season! I’m very disappointed in the direction ABS is moving. I’ve been a member for over 30 years and this is a low point. I fail to understand how the economics could change so precipitously, lack of openness with the membership, and no good workaround found. However, it looks like you guys have really come through for us. I applaud the effort and will support you in 2013.”
“Tom and I were thrilled to get your email and hear about BPT, we had no idea this was under development. It is an understatement to say we were extremely disappointed with the new BPPP format. We believed the clinics were very effective and looked forward to attending each year. Count both of us in for San Marcos, we will be registering shortly! A big thank you to all involved for caring enough to put this organization together. We wish you much success.”
“Great news! As your former dentist and as a 25+ year “graduate” of the BPPP I will be honored to support the BPT, Inc. I’ll plan to attend the San Marcos clinic. Keep me informed.”
“You were right, flying with Randy was an awesome experience. I learned more this weekend than I could have ever imagined. BPT is a great group of guys and they are definitely true Beech experts.”
“Keep up the great work…..
Attended the Waukesha BPT class last weekend. What a good time. Amazing that after 5 consecutive times taking the course I can still fill up a notepad with new stuff I didn't already know about procedures, safety, and operating the airplane itself. The quality of the Bonanza specific training, really stands out. Great to see all the same instructors as before (wasn't sure what to expect with the name change). Bill Hale never fails to impress, demonstrating fascinating nuances of the Garmin, the autopilot, the iPad, etc. just the kind of things you'd much rather see in training than at night on an approach! I have to say, I look forward to the classes and especially the FLYING part of the weekend all year. Thanks to Bill, Kent, John, and everyone else who makes this superior level of type specific training possible, especially at such a reasonable price!!”
“My fiance, son and I just finished a most enjoyable weekend learning from and flying with a great team of Bonanza/Baron instructors. There are other more economical and convenient options available but I’ve not come across anyone with the deep knowledge and specific skills these folks possess. They all have thousands of hours in bonanzas and/or Barons and most are Beech owners too. Their organization is called “Bonanza/Baron Pilot training” and they hold weekend training seminars at various locations around the country. This is mostly the same group that Beech factory gave every new “G” owner 4 days of training with and I believe they may be considering a similar program again.”
“I've flown twice with Col. George Luck. He is the master of instructing, and a credit to your organization. While I still love the ABS magazine, and the value it adds to my skills and safety of flying a Beechcraft, I will be making the switch to your training program. As a young man, I can't express to you enough how much it means to have your CFI staff, with such deep experiences and resumes, willing to take the time to pass on their knowledge to the next generation!”