"All my life I've dreamed of owning a pressurized Centurion. The opportunity to purchase a P210N came along a little over a year ago. I searched the internet for a trainer and found Chuck McGill, whose career demonstrated the level of quality I was looking for in an instructor. So, I called the Marine colonel to get the job done."
"He second-guessed and double-checked everything about the airplane, the paperwork, the logs, and especially the pilot! It was soon apparent how much training was required to step up from a Skylane to a mini-airliner. Although I had over 2,000 flight hours it became obvious some serious training was required. He succeeded in thoroughly training me through a comprehensive and customized process tailored to this airplane. It was the best call of my flying career."
"Last week I flew from Livermore Airport in the Bay Area to Imperial County Airport, half way between San Diego and Yuma, Arizona. It only took 2 hours and 25 minutes, up and over the clouds, cruising at Flight Level 230. I have absolute confidence that this airplane has become my second skin."
"Thank you Colonel Chuck McGill -- you have given me wings."
San Ramon, California
"I bought a Cessna 206
a few years back and spend about a year switching
instructors and trying to find a real mentor for the job,
and on a lucky day, there came Chuck into my world, and it
all changed. It doesn't matter if you have 50, 100, 500 or
several thousand hours, there is something for sure that
Chuck can teach you in a very nice, friendly, humble way. It
is a pleasure flying and learning with him. I did my
instrument ticket with him and continue to take at least one
lesson a week. Trust me, he will change the way you look at
flying and you will be asking yourself: How did I fly before
without knowing all these and having these new skills?
"On single engine
matters, from a Champ to a Turbo 210, he has it all ready
for you. Add to that his love for teaching to fly and his
safety minded approach, and you have the unbeatable combo of
a Master CFII that is ready to make you the pilot you really
want to be."
San Diego, CA
"After using different
flight instructors over a couple of years, I was referred to
Chuck by a close friend. I can honestly say that he has made
a dramatic impact on my flying skills and proficiency. He
took me through my instrument rating from start to finish
and I am now a better pilot as a direct result of flying
with Chuck. Not only is he an accomplished pilot and master
CFII, he is a great, personable teacher. He can tell when
you are overloaded and also when to push you further so your
training time is maximized. He is always well prepared and
has a good plan in mind for how to best work with you to
achieve your desired outcome.
"I would not hesitate
to recommend Chuck McGill to any pilot looking for an
accomplished, professional pilot to fly with. You will be
better for the experience."
San Diego, CA
Chuck McGill's instruction was one of the best experiences of my life. Chuck found a way to expose my weaknesses that helped me to become a better pilot. With my sessions with Chuck, he was always focused on making me a safer operator with emphasis on situational awareness, analysis of possible negative outcome, and constant awareness of the safe operation of my machine. I feel that Chuck's instruction has made me a better, safer pilot, and I feel that with Chuck's instruction, I am a more confident and more importantly, a safer pilot. I am of the opinion that the instruction that I have received from Chuck has made a major difference in my attitudes and opinions about the safe operation of my aircraft. Furthermore, I feel that my instruction dollar has never been better spent.
"I have never
previously flown with an instructor as talented as Chuck
McGill. He truly deserves the title of Master CFI. I fly a
Commander 114B, not the most common airplane around. Chuck
was able to assess the airplane's characteristics very
quickly - he has flown many different types and this gives
him great flexibility. Over time, he has taken my flying
technique and confidence to a whole new level. We have done
recurrent training over the years, and I am now doing
advanced training with him. He is a superb communicator and
educator. He has an uncanny talent for working out how a
student best learns, and he has helped me achieve every goal
in my training. He knows just how much to stretch my
abilities, and is a master of positive reinforcement. Flying
with Chuck is the best value for money I have ever
"Chuck, I just want to
say thanks again. If you remember the other day when I had a
electrical power problem. It turned out to be grounding. But
the issue that I want to say thanks for is that when my fuel
computer was damaged during this episode it was not a big
issue because of the training we did. The CHTs were set with
the power and mixture and I knew exactly what I was using
for fuel. Good stuff. Keep it up. See you next year. Take
"I had the pleasure of
'discovering' my T210 with Chuck McGill. I have come away
from this experience with a new appreciation for this great
airplane. Chuck's preparation, presentation, and experience,
truly maximized the effectiveness of the time we spent
together. I am impressed at how adeptly and quickly he
understood my needs and focused on making sure I received
what I needed and wanted, and more. I wholeheartedly
encourage anyone who has a desire to go beyond the standard
aircraft checkout and truly get to know the aircraft and
sharpen their abilities to get in touch with Chuck."
"When I picked up my
G1000 C-182 in Independence, I flew straight to San Diego. I
knew Chuck would give me the instrument training needed to
stay safe flying IMC back to San Francisco."
"As a long-time pilot
returning to flying after a break of a few years, I found
training with Chuck invaluable in not only refreshing my
flying skills, but also moving them up to a new level. From
his focus on making the airplane do the work, to his
emphasis on the importance on basic flying skills and the
subtleties of flying to his systematic approach to flight
safety, Chuck is a gifted teacher and pilot. For me, Chuck's
mastery as a flight instructor was evident from the moment
he inquired about the way I learn and then proceeded to
train me to my learning style. The result has been a
complete refinement of my flying skills."
San Diego, CA
"Chuck taught me more
about operating my Mooney TLS safely, IMC and VMC, than any
other instructor I have ever had. After working with him I
was amazed at how much critical operational instruction I
had missed with other instructors. Thanks, Chuck."
Jeffrey D. Young
"Chuck McGill's love
of flying and teaching is obvious. He tailors instruction to
the student and maximizes learning. He emphasizes practical
flying skills. My time with him has made me a better, safer
pilot. I've flown with Chuck for my flight review and
instrument check; my wife has done a pinch-hitter course
with him. We highly recommend him."
Donn and Barbara
"Flying with Chuck
McGill in my Cessna P210 proved very valuable. Not only does
he know tips and tricks for smooth, safe flying in the P210,
he also knows how to teach efficient, fast use of Garmin
530/430 GPS. I came away knowing more about my airplane and
the avionics than I had imagined."
San Angelo, TX
You were the best instructor I had in my 40 years of flying."
My insurance checkout
with Chuck McGill was a great experience. He is a consummate
professional who teaches safe and efficient piloting.
Everyone will tell you Mooneys are "different" and learning
from someone who knows them is a must. New owners have a ton
of questions and I walked away from our sessions with
increased skill and a great deal more knowledge of my M20E."
When I started thinking of buying a P210 I looked around for some help and was eventually referred to
Chuck McGill. From then on things got easy! He found the right airplane for me, assisted me in selecting
upgrades and modifications, and even supervised the installs. Then the fun really began, as he taught this
old Spad driver a whole of new tricks in my Initial and Recurrent P210 flight training. I think of Chuck
as "Mr. 210" and have really appreciated his help over the years.