Hi, I'm Dan and I'm a commercial pilot and flight instructor, trying to expand my horizons in the aviation industry. I am a mild mannered Engineering Supervisor at Con Edison by day, and at night (or on the weekend technically), I'm a flight instructor at Republic Airport. A proud Brooklyn Technical High School grad, I went on to NYIT to get a Bachelor's in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I'll be graduating from Baruch's Zicklin School of Business with an MBA in May 2016. This website is designed to put my name out on the internet and as a resource for me and my students.

     I became interested in flying ever since I started traveling on vacation as a child. My first flight in a general aviation airplane came on June of 2006. December of the same year I decided to pursue my private pilot’s license and by April of 2007, I was a freshly minted Private Pilot.  Since then aviation has become an addiction of mine. In February 2008 I took a leave of absence from my job at Con Edison and went to Stuart, FL to complete my training. There I flew with Airline Transport Professionals for three months earning my multi engine, instrument, commercial, and cfi tickets. By the end of May 2008 my vacation in sunny Florida was over. I have been actively teaching since 2008 and it has become one of my favorite things to do. In 2010 I purchase my first airplane, started Gotham Aviation, and went from being a freelance instructor to a small flight school. I still work one on one with students out of Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY and now I have other instructors providing custom tailored instruction to all of our students. Our slogan is "teaching people to fly in the greatest city in the world," since Gotham City is the fictional moniker for NYC.

     The tail end of 2012 brought on many changes in my life and career. Super storm Sandy coincided with the purchase of my home and a new assignment at my job. Changing the garage door, installing light fixtures, and painting a whole house, while learning in my position at work, left me with little time to spare for aviation. The little flying that I did was mostly to stay current until things settled down, however the urge to go poking holes in sky never let up. About a year after Sandy, I was able to get back on the saddle and have resumed flying. I work one on one with students to custom tailor instruction to their needs.

This is my flying career:

  • Commercial Pilot:
    • Airplane Single Engine Land
    • Airplane Multi Engine Land
    • Instrument Airplane
  • Certificated Flight Instructor:
    • Airplane Single and Multi Engine
    • Instrument Instructor
  • Flight Time
    Total Time: 1500 Hours
    Pilot in Command: 1450 Hours
    Instruction Given: 900 Hours
    Single Engine Land: 1000 Hours
    Multi-Engine Land: 460 Hours
    Turbine: 1.5 Hours

Article and Flight Times current as of March 2016