Phil has been interested in flying since an early age. His first flight was during a field trip when he was twelve. A year later he was fortunate enough to have a teacher take him and a brother to the big air show in Oshkosh, WI. After college he earned his Private Pilot license and then built his own airplane. After a layoff in a down economy he decided to become a flight instructor and dedicated himself to flying. He was able to earn his Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor, and Instrument Flight Instructor ratings in a mere four months.
Phil currently holds 18 aviation ratings including: Commercial Pilot for single engine airplanes and helicopters, Instructor for single engine planes and helicopters, Instrument Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, Instrument Ground Instructor, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic, Aircraft Inspector, Avionics and radar licenses, several skydiving licenses (including a Coach rating), to name a few. He has over 4,000 hours of flight time including over 3,000 hours of instruction given. He was also named Flight Instructor of the Year in 2019 by the FAA Harrisburg FSDO.