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Pilot Makers Advanced Flight Academy

Let’s Fly!

Pilot Makers Advanced Flight Academy was founded to give aviators in the Mountain West, and beyond, the opportunity to enhance their flying skills and knowledge through tailwheel and aerobatic training with the belief that expanding our envelope as pilots improve both our safety and enjoyment as aviators.

Loss of Control In Flight (LOC-I) has been on the rise in both commercial and private aviation. The unintended consequences of conservative basic training, “safer” aircraft design, and more advanced avionics technology create a reliance on things other than pilot skills. By bringing back skill sets that have been lost to these unintended consequences, Pilot Maker advocates for and teaches more advanced pilot skills to offset the increasing reliance on technology that has been hindering physical flight skills.

At the end of the day, exposure to the entire flight envelope is what both gives us more confidence and enjoyment in flying. More advanced pilot skills make us better, safer, more knowledgable aviators when the unexpected happens.

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The Founder

Founder, Barry Hancock has been flying and instructing in high-performance aircraft for over 15 years. With nearly 4000 hours of flying to his credit, he has earned instrument, commercial, and certified flight instructor ratings. He holds type ratings in several vintage warbirds, including jets.

Barry is an active competitor on the IAC contest circuit with several trophies to his credit and is also currently active on the air show circuit performing low-level aerobatics in the T-6. Hancock is one of the few civilian pilots to fly in formation with military F/A-18 Hornets and has also lead a formation flight of 26 aircraft at the world famous Airventure air show in Oshkosh, WI.

He has had articles published in several aviation related publications and regularly speaks to youth and special interest groups about making dreams come true through our unique gifts and talents. Barry has owned several businesses, but his passion is aviation – particularly aerobatics and instruction. As a result, he has recently set aside other pursuits to be involved in aviation full time. He and his wife Michelle live locally with six appropriately troublesome children.

Let’s Fly!

Pilot Makers Advanced Flight Academy was founded to give aviators in the Mountain West, and beyond, the opportunity to enhance their flying skills and knowledge through tailwheel and aerobatic training with the belief that expanding our envelope as pilots improve both our safety and enjoyment as aviators.

Loss of Control In Flight (LOC-I) has been on the rise in both commercial and private aviation. The unintended consequences of conservative basic training, “safer” aircraft design, and more advanced avionics technology create a reliance on things other than pilot skills. By bringing back skill sets that have been lost to these unintended consequences, Pilot Maker advocates for and teaches more advanced pilot skills to offset the increasing reliance on technology that has been hindering physical flight skills.

At the end of the day, exposure to the entire flight envelope is what both gives us more confidence and enjoyment in flying. More advanced pilot skills make us better, safer, more knowledgable aviators when the unexpected happens.

Join The Team Contact Us

The Founder

Founder, Barry Hancock has been flying and instructing in high-performance aircraft for over 15 years. With nearly 4000 hours of flying to his credit, he has earned instrument, commercial, and certified flight instructor ratings. He holds type ratings in several vintage warbirds, including jets.

Barry is an active competitor on the IAC contest circuit with several trophies to his credit and is also currently active on the air show circuit performing low-level aerobatics in the T-6. Hancock is one of the few civilian pilots to fly in formation with military F/A-18 Hornets and has also lead a formation flight of 26 aircraft at the world famous Airventure air show in Oshkosh, WI

He has had articles published in several aviation related publications and regularly speaks to youth and special interest groups about making dreams come true through our unique gifts and talents. Barry has owned several businesses, but his passion is aviation – particularly aerobatics and instruction. As a result, he has recently set aside other pursuits to be involved in aviation full time. He and his wife Michelle live locally with six appropriately troublesome children.

TESTIMONIALS

What our clients are saying

I truly appreciated Barry’s approach to aerobatic training in the Pitts – he is knowledgeable, experienced, calm and confident. Flying was hands-on from my first takeoff, and as a pilot that learns best from his own mistakes, (as opposed to watching countless demos from the instructor) adapting his teaching method to my style helped me gain confidence and experience quickly. If you’re looking for some fun flying from initial tail wheel to advanced aerobatics, look no further than Pilot Makers flight school!

Dave Bernard, ATP 737, 747
I’ve gotten many checkouts before in multiple aircraft, and never had the sense Barry was “hawking” the controls or was hesitant to let me explore the capabilities of the airplane. If flying a T-6, (or any of the other aircraft Barry offers training in) is your thing, I would highly recommend him.
Chris Ryan, ATP, UPS A300 Pilot

I’ve gotten many checkouts before in multiple aircraft, and never had the sense Barry was “hawking” the controls or was hesitant to let me explore the capabilities of the airplane. If flying a T-6, (or any of the other aircraft Barry offers training in) is your thing, I would highly recommend him.

Chris Ryan, ATP, UPS A300 Pilot
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