Brandon Ramberg - Flight Instructor

Aspen Flying Club

Flight Instructor: CFI
Certificates Held: Commercial Single Engine Land, Instrument Rated
Education: Metropolitan State University of Denver – B.S. Aviation and Aerospace Science – Professional Flight Officer

Brandon was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has traveled all over the country and landed in Colorado when we was 11. His grandfather worked for United Airlines as a Maintenance supervisor in Portland, so he has been surrounded by aviation from day one. He was a member of Civil Air Patrol throughout high school, where he took his first flight. 2 days after graduating from Castle View High School, he moved to Sequim, Washington to pursue his dreams of being a pilot. Sequim was a unique location, on the border of the USA and Canada, Ocean to the north, mountains to the south.

Brandon’s grandfather owned two aircraft, a C150 and a C172. He had two flight instructors, each owned two aircraft (2 Citabrias, 1 RV-4 Rocket, and 1 RV-6). From the start of his training, safety was Brandon’s number one priority. As a student pilot, he had tailwheel instruction, spin training, and mountain flying experience. He earned his Private Pilot Certificate in August of 2012, before starting school at Utah State University in the Aviation Technology program. He transferred to MSU Denver in 2014 to finish his degree.

In 2016, Brandon joined the MSU Denver Aerobatics and Glider Club as one of the founding members. He took first place in the Regional Competition for the Primary Sequence in 2016, with three 1st place finishes and one 3rd place finish.  He competed in a Pitts S2-C with Dagmar Kress, representing MSU Denver.  When not flying, Brandon enjoys working on his truck, riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors.

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.