Bergan Hugos - Flight Instructor

Aspen Flying Club

Flight Instructor: CFI
Certificates Held: Commercial Single Engine Land, Instrument Rated
Education: United States Air Force Academy

Growing up in Arizona and spending most of his days on the golf course, Bergan could not help but gaze into the sky at landing and departing traffic from either Phoenix Sky Harbor or Luke Air Force Base.   His affinity for aviation started young and resulted in his first flight lesson on his 18th birthday.  However, it was not until after attending the Air Force Academy, spending four years as a Logistics Officer, and beginning his career in Oil & Gas, did Bergan realize he needed to revisit his aviation dreams.  Between 2009 and 2011, Bergan diligently worked on his Private, Instrument and Commercial certificates in Houston, TX, but ultimately decided to cease training to focus on his “corporate” job and start a family.  Fast forward to 2017, Bergan and his family relocated to Colorado where he worked for FlightSafety for two years, before once again deciding it was time to pursue his aviation passion.  Bergan finally obtained his Commercial and CFI certificates in Feb & Oct 2020.  As a Flight Instructor, Bergan’s primary focus is to ensure aviation safety, while at the same time enjoying the freedom of flight.  

While Bergan is not instructing, he loves spending time in the Colorado outdoors with his family.  He also enjoys hiking, golfing and CrossFit.

5 useful questions to ask an instructor:

Why did you become a flight instructor?
Regardless of the answer, the way an instructor talks about why they fly is what is important. Look for someone that is excited by teaching. They should have a genuine interest in giving others the gift of flight.

How long have you been flight instructing?
Some Instructors have thousands of hours under their belts and have been flight instructing for their entire careers. Others have a few hundred and are just beginning. A seasoned instructor will have a lot of experience but may have a set teaching style. A freshly minted instructor has less aircraft time but is able to relate to common learning obstacles, having undergone their own flight training in the not too distant past. There are advantages to both types of instructor.

How do you keep track of your student’s progress?
Using a syllabus is essential so that both student and instructor can track progress and milestones so make sure your instructor uses one. Talk to other students and ask them what kind of reading their doing, what books they’re using and the type of homework they’re getting. There should ALWAYS have some type of “homework” assignment at the end of each lesson.

What is your availability?
Some instructors are part-time and work separate jobs during the week. Others are full-time, but may want to have personal and family time on the weekends. Find an instructor with compatible availability. Flying at least twice a week is the best way to progress quickly through accomplishments with less effort and less overall costs. Choosing an instructor that is able to fly on the same schedule helps to keep flight training on a consistent path.

I’ve heard people talk about “stalling an airplane.” Can you tell me what it means?
This is a classic question. Regardless of knowing what an “aircraft stall” is or not, how an instructor explains this concept will give great insight into how they can explain concepts. Are they patient? Do they use simple terminology that is easy to understand? Do they ask questions to make sure their student understands, or do they over simplify to brush off the question? Find an instructor whose instructing style is a good match.