Blake Moore - Flight Instructor

Aspen Flying Club

Flight Instructor: CFI
Certificates Held: Airline Transport Pilot Multi Engine Land, Commercial Single Engine Land, Commercial Multi Engine Land, Instrument Rated
Education: Metropolitan State University of Denver – Bachelor of Aviation & Aerospace Science (Professional Flight Officer Emphasis)

Blake became a flight instructor in hopes that he can help others achieve their dreams within aviation. Whether this is taking your first flying lesson, or advancing your career further professionally as a commercial pilot, Blake is available to provide the mentorship, guidance, and professional instruction necessary to help make your dreams a reality. Blake’s career began in general aviation flying Grumman AA5’s and Mooney’s throughout the Colorado Rockies and surrounding airspace to build his experience. After earning his CFI, Blake began instructing at Aspen Flying Club in early 2017. He quickly gained experience and become one of Aspen’s “Stage Check” Instructors,
bringing with him experience in Part 121 airline flight training, and flight standards from a college internship with United Airlines Flight Operations. Blake’s career took him to SkyWest Airlines where he is currently a CRJ Captain. Blake’s portfolio of experience at SkyWest includes both domestic and international flight experience in and out of some of the worlds biggest, bussiest, and most challenging airports, such as Chicago O’Hare, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Los Angeles International, Denver, & San Francisco just to name a few. While at SkyWest Blake also received special qualification training to operate into and out of Aspen, CO. Blake incorporates many positive aspects of his personal and professional aviation careers and experience into everyday instruction and evaluation, and looks forward to having the opportunity to work with you to help you achieve your goals within the aviation field. On his free time, Blake enjoys flying his
family’s airplane, skiing, snowboarding, and traveling. Blake schedules on an appointment only basis, so please reach out to front desk to receive contact information and schedule an appointment for mentorship, instruction, or a stage check.

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.