What's New

2017 Updates

FAA First Class Medical

61.56 endorsement

Attained a FAA Part 107 remote Small UAS Commercial pilot certificate

Branded with the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) and was Certified as an Instructor to teach the 155 hour accredited Safety Certification Course

Produced a RH IFR FITS SBT ACS structured Syllabus for White Rabbit Aviation in Spokane, Wa.

Created a comprehensive FAA approved CRM training program for 135 Helicopter operators.

2018 Updates

Completed Re-qual 135 R66 Ground Instructor training for 135 Operator

Conducted recurrent 135 training including newly added CRM training for 135 Operator

Coordinating RH industry career path initiatives for flight schools, tour, utility & HAA operators

Continuing efforts with the USHST's Helicopter Safety Enhancement efforts in reducing fatal accidents

Continuing FAASTeam support and presentations

Held a mentoring session at Colorado Heli-Ops, May 6th for CFIs and career pilot planning

Initiated a SMS and a growing Safety Culture at Black Hills Aerial Adventures and Dakota Rotors companies, May 8 & 9

Witnessed the Aviation Futures pathway participants from Colorado Heli-Ops filling second tier tour pilot slots in South Dakota

Conducted C&E and FITS SBT Facilitator courses at CHO (now 248 Facilitators trained) May 10 & 11

June thru October initiatives included a global search for a Bell 407, pre-buy inspection formulation, purchase, training and re-orientation of a 135 chief pilot, FAA conformity inspection, pilot check flight and night flight emergency training.

2019 Updates

FAASTeam presentations in SW Florida and discussions/input with a FAA FITS SBT research data gathering group.

Moving from Naples, Fl. to Winter Haven, Fl. by April 1st.

September 2019 Conducted annual BH407 Part 135 ground training for Elite Helicopters.

2020 Updates

Consulting for Colorado Heli-Ops part 141 and 135 programs

Renewing FAA CFI RH-SP certificate

Services & Courses

FITS Facilitator Training

The FAA Industry Training Standards Facilitator Course is a six to eight hour course that trains Flight & Ground Instructors to understand the FITS SBT Methodology, its three core concepts and elements within each respectively. This course educates instructors to both understand and apply the FITS SBT Facilitator skills in teaching pilots to learn both flying and thinking skill sets. It is a modern flight training methods skills course and is FAA "Wings" program accepted for 2 credits.

Safety Management System Education & Installment

In September of 2012, the FAA mandated that all Part 121 Operators install a Safety Management Sytem. The FAA warned that this modern safety principle will soon be mandated for Part 135 Air Taxi Operators & Part 141 Approved Flight Schools.

I have written an accepted SMS for flight schools and small helicopter operators. I provide Company wide training for staff members, a Company SMS manual with page & revision control, operational risk management analysis & control forms and a risk assessment matrix.

On going support is included in my services along with annual audits.

The Clarification & Enhancement of Aeronautical Knowledge for Helicopter Pilots Course (C&E) is a full day course covering:


  • Aviation Operators Structure
  • Expected Industry Practices
  • Perceptions & Mentalities
  • Comfort & False Confidences
  • Missing & Incomplete Training
  • Recurrent Training
  • Training Enhancement Discussion
  • Extended Cross Country Flight Considerations
  • ADM & Risk Management Mentality
  • Pop Up Mission/Scenario Planning & SRM


This course is FAA "Wings" program accepted for 3 credits.

The Helicopter Turbine Engine Ground Course is a 6 to 8 hour course which teaches the principles of operation, components and systems of the Rolls Royce RR250/300 Series gas turbine engines. These are the most popular turbine engines in the modern light helicopter fleet.

Additional Services

Other services provided by Mike are:

  • UAS operations set up and remote pilot education
  • Support for flight schools developing new curriculums
  • Pilot mentoring & recommendations
  • CFI mentoring & recommendations
  • Chief Pilot & CFI pre-hire evaluations
  • FAASTeam Wings programs
  • On site Safety Culture Development
  • Helicopter pilot career pathway alignment across all tiers
  • CRM training program development