Petaluma Pilot Training Center is open seven days a week and we have instructors available all seven days to work with your schedule.
Picking a flight instructor is one of the most important parts of your flight training. Each instructor has a different teaching style just like everybody has a different type of learning style. We recommend trying out a couple instructors and seeing who fits with your personality and your learning style.
Our instructors are here to help you! Feel free to email or call our instructors with any questions you might have.
Professional Pilot, Marc Ashton, has been flying for 35 years and active in Flight Training for over 30. Marc specializes in Flight Training for Private Pilots. He started his professional flying career in the On Demand Charter world. The Airlines were the next stop, where he earned Type Ratings and the position as Captain. Marc teaches full time at Petaluma Pilot Training Center, and has been involved with the Petaluma Area Pilot Association for 25 years. Marc just finished his third term on the City of Petaluma's Airport Commission. Safety is an important part of flying, where Marc is accident free. Be A Pilot, Learn To Fly.
“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will long to return”.
-Leonardo DaVinci 1485
Unfortunately for DaVinci, he was not able to realize his dream of flight, but you can! Flying is excitement, adventure, and fun! It’s the ultimate freedom!
I have been a pilot most of my life, and an instructor (CFI) since 2001, with over 3500 hours of instruction given. I can train for the Private and Commercial License, flight review (BFR), tailwheel, complex, high performance endorsements and CFI (if you’d like to become an instructor, too). I am also an Instrument Instructor (CFII), hold Advanced ground Instructor (AGI) and Instrument Ground Insructor (IGI) ratings and so can train for the Instrument Rating and conduct Instrument Proficiency Checks (IPC).
I currently own a fully instrumented Piper Archer II, which I’ve flown over most of the country, including trips to the Bahamas!
My previous career in television broadcasting for NBC and CBS afforded me the opportunity to do a fair amount of aerial videography. Credits include the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NY from a Bell Jetranger and Superbowl XIII in Miami from the Goodyear Blimp, for which I won an Emmy! So if you’re interested in aerial photography I can help you there, too.
I am a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). References on request.
When I learned to fly in 1977 it was the start of the most awesome experience of my life. It opened a whole new world to me.
I have been flying since 1977, received my license in 1978, and I have been teaching since 1981. In college, I majored in teaching, so that came very naturally. I love teaching on the one to one basis as in flying. I also find teaching a challenge, but a very rewarding experience. Sharing the flight experience and the learning is fabulous. I have over 5000 hours. I own two aircraft, one that I leaseback to the school, and the other is a 1974 Piper Cherokee. I also fly my boyfriends RV6.
I am active in flying and the flying community: I am an AOPA member and EAA member, I am active in the local Petaluma Area Pilots Association, and I am on the scholarship committee in that group. I am a FAAST team representative for the FAA. I hold both CFI and CFII ratings.
Roger's life has been aviation. He could fly before he could even drive. Starting with five years in the British Royal Air force, where he obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering as a maintenance engineer, which included one year as a flight test engineer. More engineering with Australia's Qantas Airways, before embarking on a twenty eight year career flying for Cathay Pacific Airways, in Hong Kong. He has logged more than 35,000 hours, which includes the B747, corporate flying in Cessna Citation 1, 11, Encore, Focker F28 and instruction in single and twin engine aircraft.
Stephanie has been flying since 2002 and is a CFI, CFII, and MEI. She previously flew 5,000 hours at a regional airline and has 3 type ratings. She is now a full time mom with twin sons and proud to be one of Petaluma Pilot Training Center’s newest instructors. Stephanie looks forward to fueling students enthusiasm for flying and helping them meet their aviation goals. She is a member of the Petaluma Area Pilots Association and the Ninety-Nines Women Pilots Association.
I first realized the magic of flight at the age of 6 when I had the privilege to fly on a Boeing 707 on a trans-Atlantic crossing. It was then and there I decided I wanted to become a pilot. Fast forward some years later and at the age of 13, I started taking flying lessons at Sonoma Skypark.
Over the years I was lucky enough to do some fun and very interesting things with flying. From flying aerial photo missions of the City of San Francisco, to ferrying high performance turbo props up and down the entirety of California. I have also been fortunate to work as a pilot and guide for an eco-lodge settled in remote Baja California. I have also begun to have a new affinity for antique tailwheel aircraft, having had the good fortune to fly both Taylorcraft and Stearman airplanes.
Most of my training was completed at Oakland International Airport where I obtained my Private, Instrument, and Commercial licenses. In 2006 here in Petaluma I went for and obtained my CFI (certified flight instructor) and AGI (advanced ground instructor) ratings. My passion is aviation and I look forward to sharing my passion with you, that is… well, flying!