Welcome to Sky Training, LLC, meet our instructors and aircraft

Meet Our Instructors

 

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Rich Mardarello: Chief Instructor
CFI, CFII, MEI 


Flight Experience:

5700 hours Total Time
5400 hours Pilot in Command Time
 
Rich has been flight instructing since 1990 and still finds joy in teaching others about his passion, aviation. Living close to the airport, Sky Training is a perfect match. In addition to flight training, Rich also flys helicopters for the NYPD full time. He is trained in a variety of fixed wing and rotary aircraft.   
 

 

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Steven Woodward: Assistant Chief Instructor
CFI & CFII

 

Flight Experience

 

TT: 1400 Hours

Steve started flying in 1984, earned his private pilot’s license in 1985 and by 1987 had his Commercial Pilot's license with instrument rating as well as a Certified Flight Instructor's Certificate. Steve took a hiatus from aviation for a number of years while working in the computer field as a programmer, but has finally returned to doing what he loves, flight instruction. Steve recently received his CFII and is available for Instrument Training.

 

IMG_20160510_090620133.jpgBrian Finale: 
CFI, CFII, MEI

 

Flight Experience

 

TT: 1300 Hours

Brian's interest in aviation began as a youngster, but not in the fashion most experience. Brian was fascinated with aircraft crash investigation which further lead him to discover the "why and how" aircraft take flight. Brian took his first Discovery Flight in 1997 at the age of 17, attained his Private Pilot Certificate in 1999, and continued to trek skyward through the advanced flight certifications and ratings. Brian currently holds several flight and ground instructor certifications which include the following: CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, and IGI. Brian's advice to other aspiring pilots would simply be, "Don't give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." Brian has been employed as a Municipal Police Officer in New Jersey since 2006, but is excited to be in a position to "pay it forward" to both current and future pilots alike. 

 

Nicastro.jpgNick Nicastro: 
CFI, CFII, MEI

 

Flight Experience

 

TT: 530 Hours

Flying is something I have always wanted to do since I can remember. Growing up, aircraft always amazed me. My head was always turned skyward anytime I would hear an airplane in the distance. I started learning about flying at about the age of 8. I would read just about anything I could get my hands on about flight and aircraft. At 10 years old I started flying on a home simulator practicing takeoffs, landings, turns, climbs, and descents. I would sit and fly on my sim for hours at a time just pretending I was really airborne!

My first time in a small airplane was in October of 2010. I did an hour discovery flight and I immediately knew at 13 years old this was what I wanted. I trained at Lincoln Park Airport for 5 years. After I graduated high school I went to Airline Transport Professionals Flight School in Morristown, NJ for about 6 months to finish my ratings and get my MEI, CFI, and CFII certificates.

There is no better feeling than when a student comes to you for help and you are able to help that student learn and make a difference in their life! I look forward to helping the next ones in line that aim for the sky!

“For pilots the sky is not the limit, it’s home” 

Good flying and smooth landings!    

 

IMG_20170319_105551673_HDR.jpgMike Steinhardt: 
CFI

 

Flight Experience

 

TT: 800 Hours

 

My first flight was with a friend and his dad when I was in the 8th grade. We flew out of Morristown, NJ. I fell in love with flight and knew I wanted to become a pilot. Money and time rarely share the same space for young aviators but in 1982 I started flight instruction on a grass field in a J3 Piper Cub with the legendary Pete Billows. Kids came along and money and time grew further apart but I got my private ticket after ten years of on and off flying. After earning my private certificate the rest came rather quickly including instrument, commercial and flight instructor. I continued to work full time in our family business and retired in the summer of 2015 finally getting the time to share my love of flying with others. 

 

 

Our Aircraft

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N6336V 172 RG 

 

 


 

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N490SP 172/SP


 

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N866CP 172/R
 

 

Office Staff

 

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Tim Wagner: School Administrator