History of Us:
SRFC LLC of Caldwell is the 'reincarnation' of our original SRFC flight school of 25 years ago. We have been in the pilot training business since 1985, specializing in Private and Instrument pilot training, and have successfully taught every fixed wing land plane license and rating from Private up to all three Instructor certificates (single engine land, multi engine land and instrument airplane.) Along with my husband Jim, we have had two other flight schools, but when our daughter was very young, I decided to stay home and be a full-time mom,
so I stopped flying for a while.
Now, she is out of school (an engineer! We are very proud!) and married (to a great guy!)
so here we are: SRFC 2.0.
Our original format was that of a club, but we have dropped the membership requirement and now operate as a normal flight school. Part of the reason we dropped the club format was that a club will rent to the members after they are done training, but we have gotten so many students training full time, we simply do not have enough planes to rent any longer. So sorry - if you are looking for a rental club, that is no longer us.
But if you are looking for a school with highly maintained privately owned airplanes and instructors who truly care about your training journey, then we might be a good fit! To begin, we will schedule a convenient time for you for your Discovery Flight ($125) Your Discovery Flight will be an actual hand on flying experience - we do NOT just take you for a ride! (You do not need to pay us and watch us fly an airplane.) Before your "disco flight", your instructor will sit you down and do ground school ahead of time, on the whiteboard and in the cockpit, and explain the basics which you will then go out and experience. At the end of the flight, there will be time to get your questions answered about cost, time, commitment, and where to start. All of the SRFC instructors are trained in answering all of your questions and will get your pointed in the right direction to get a good start on your training.
From Day One, Decision-making skills are the top priority with us, and each lesson has this critical lesson pushed and refined. BUT-your flying lesson is only a small part of the effort you will be putting into this. For every hour you fly, you need to dedicate home study of at least another hour. Lessons can go as fast or slow as you want, but we suggest you plan on being able to fly two lessons per week, three if you can (but not more, it usually does not speed things up unless you are only in "student pilot" mode in your life.) One big aspect is your home study though, it is super important. Flying is not just something you think about on your flying lesson day. Learning to fly needs to be a daily focus for you. But if you apply yourself, you will complete your FAA written with a very high score. This 'learning to fly' business is NOT just a weekly trip to the airport. It is a commitment from you, cutting a night or two out of your own schedule to hit the books, watch videos, attend ground school if that is a good fit for you, THEN come out for your lesson! The more you put into this, the more you are going to get out of it.
Learning with us is NOT the fastest license in the valley, nor the cheapest. But if you place top importance on quality of instruction, quality of airplanes, and instruction from CFI's with backgrounds which ranges from having been a bush pilot on the Alaskan Peninsula/Aleutian Islands, or teaching in the busiest airspace in the world, or even also being a helicopter CFI, then we might be right for you. Give us a call, set up a discovery flight, and see if maybe SRFC is the best option
for your training needs.
Lisa Adickes Breuer
CFI-A, AGI, COMM
My flying started in the late 60's at about 8 years old in my brother's 150; we were an "airplane family". I soloed on my 16th birthday, but had an instructor who did not communicate real well with me, and made stalls really scary! Incomplete instruction will do that to a person. So when I started back up again a few years later, I finally got a terrific instructor (the legendary John Meadows of BOI!) After terrifying him with what I thought a stall was, he taught me the right way to do it. I sort of vowed to myself, If I Ever Became An Instructor, to NEVER do that to a poor student!
Jim and I met when he was a student in 1986 - a mutual friend handed him over to me as a soloed fledgling, when she left for another job. Jim has loved airplanes for as long as he can remember, and could not wait until he could fly himself someday. He is a licensed Commercial-Instrument pilot, and for over 25 years has also held a CFI-A (airplane) certificate as well as an Advanced Ground Instructor certificate. Now retired from decades as an aircraft weapons engineer for the Navy and a software engineer for HP, Jim now works as a full-time CFI here at SRFC, and is loving his life as a full time pilot again!
With thousands of hours of instruction under our belts, and a focus on being the best we can be at teaching, our instructors will do everything possible to make you the best pilot you can be! I am a firm believer in "Never Stop Learning", and hopefully we can instill this desire to 'be the best you can be' into you, too!