Hi, I'm Dan and I'm a commercial pilot and flight instructor in the NYC Area. I fly out of Republic Airport which is located in Farmingdale, NY. A proud Brooklyn Technical High School grad, I went on to NYIT to get a Bachelor's in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and to Baruch's Zicklin School of Business for an MBA in Management. 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.

     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. I decided to closed down my flight school and the little flying that I did was mostly to stay current until things settled down. The urge to go poking holes in sky never let up however and a year after Sandy, I resumed flying and teaching regularly. Now 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: 1700 Hours
    Pilot in Command: 1650 Hours
    Instruction Given: 1000 Hours
    Single Engine Land: 1200 Hours
    Multi-Engine Land: 500 Hours

Article and Flight Times current as of May 2018