Meet Our Instructors
Rich Mardarello: Chief Instructor
CFI, CFII, MEI
Steven Woodward: Assistant Chief Instructor
hours Total Time
5400 hours Pilot
in Command Time
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.
CFI & CFII
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.
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.