'AFIT' Accelerated Flight & Instrument Training Announces the Hiring of Mr. Hal LaCoste as Senior Flight Instructor

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AFIT Known and referred to as The Most Respected Name in Aviation and the nations largest and most effective Accelerated Flight Training Organizations in the US, today announced the hiring of Mr. Hal LaCoste. The company also announced plans to hire approximately 2 additional Senior Flight Instructors and is focusing its recruitment efforts on identifying Senior Flight Instructor Candidates for High Performance and Cabin Class aircraft and who possess certain critical classroom training skills which are deemed essential to address our increasingly complex aircraft and training responsibilities across the country.

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We value the trust that our clients have shown in us. On behalf of every AFIT member, Senior Instructor and employee, let me assure you that our company will continue to protect the principles of our profession, maintain the highest standards of excellence, and provide each client with the quality services they have come to expect and deserve from AFIT.

AFIT Known and referred to as The Most Respected Name in Aviation and the nations largest and most successful Accelerated Flight Training Organizations in the US, today announced the hiring of Mr. Hal LaCoste. The company also announced plans to hire approximately 2 additional Senior Flight Instructors and is focusing its recruitment efforts on identifying Senior Flight Instructor Candidates for High Performance and Cabin Class aircraft and who possess certain critical classroom training skills which are deemed essential to address our increasingly complex aircraft and training responsibilities across the country.

We are delighted to have Mr. LaCoste join our organization, said Tony P. Montalte, President & General Manager. Mr. LaCoste comes to us with over 30 years Certified Flight Instruction experience and is highly regarded as an innovator and industry leader. His skills, expertise and leadership will benefit us greatly. Mr. LaCoste will enhance our growing market share and presence from coast to coast.

Mr. LaCoste has been an aviation professional for over 30 years. An ATP with CFI/ MEL/Comm/ LR-Jet/ CE-500/ B-727 and FE-Turbojet ratings. A seasoned (MBA) professional with over 8900 Total Logged hours. Thousands of hours of dual given in Accelerated Flight Training programs in high performance single and multi-engine aircraft including expertise in the Pilatus PC-12 and specializing in Glass Cockpits especially the G1000.

Mr. LaCoste has spent the last 9 years teaching 10 day Accelerated IFR training programs throughout the country.

Montalte states the decision to add additional Instructors was reached in view of the fact that the Company has far exceeded its corporate and financial goals. The introduction to Guarantee AFIT's 10 day IFR Training program came 4 years ago when the company realized huge potential for gaining market share in the Accelerated Flight Training industry by guaranteeing it's Accelerated Flight & Instrument Training services and continuing their complete and innovative "Turn Key Training Courses."

We're seeing a number of positive indications that our clients are turning more to the latest Avionics and increasingly insist upon actual training without the use of simulators, says Montalte. More than 94 percent of our clients in 2007 rated their training experience with AFIT very good, or excellent. In comparison to any previous training they have had. In 2007 over 55 percent of our overall business came from repeat or referral business. We continue to make headway by taking the positive and steady route, taking advantage of the fact we offer a variety of Accelerated Flight Training solutions which are particularly reassuring to our clients. These are exactly the kinds of messages our clients are looking for in order to respond and eliminate any apprehensions they may have towards accelerated courses.

He continued, Our success is largely due to the quality of our Instrument Flight Instructors, says Montalte. The average age of an Instructor varies from 55 to 58 years young, and averaging 8,000 to 20,000 hours logged flight time and 2,000 to 8,000 hours of logged instrument time.

With the addition of Mr. LaCoste, AFIT now has 46 trained and licensed Senior Instructors located across the United States with heavy concentrations in California, Denver, Texas, Arkansas, Florida, with lots of activity on the East Coast and throughout the Midwest specializing in High Performance aircraft. All are full time instructors dedicated to AFIT and its core focus of training pilots to certification in 10 days with no prior training. In less time if some prior training has been achieved. If a client completes his or her course earlier than what was quoted, they are not charged for days not utilized.

Montalte states, All our training is important to the client and all clients receive undivided attention. Each client has individual needs, thus, different number of days required to complete their training depending upon previous experience, training and avionics on board.

He continued, As far as we are aware, we are the only flight training organization in the United States and Europe that guarantees their 10 day IFR courses. The response to the Guarantee has been overwhelming and keeps our instructors busy full time, year round.

Montalte states, "We value the trust that our clients have shown in us. On behalf of every AFIT member, Senior Instructor and employee, let me assure you that our company will continue to protect the principles of our profession, maintain the highest standards of excellence, and provide each client with the quality services they have come to expect and deserve from AFIT."

AFIT Accelerated Flight & Instrument Training has been a leading provider of Accelerated Flight Training Programs and professional consulting services to the General Aviation Industry, aircraft manufacturers, private companies, law firms, corporations, Doctors, athletes and government agencies. Our team of educated and experienced Senior Flight Instructors and technical specialists are recognized for excellence in service by local, national and international business communities.

For further information regarding Flight Instructor openings, Training Schedule Availability or client referrals, contact: Tony P. Montalte, President & General Manager, AFIT Accelerated Flight & Instrument Training, PO Box 9099 Newport Beach, California 92658 866-270-8224 or log on to http://www.afit-info.com     http://www.afit-info.com/downloads/digital_brochure.exe

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