Frequently asked questions

Why train in the airplane?
As the Piaggio fleet ages, the airplanes become less and less standardized and the most common complaint about simulator training is it doesn't replicate your cockpit. Here's what a recent FlightSafety Bravo student said, "we trained in the Cessna Ultra 560 and then had to stay over an extra day to complete differences training for the Bravo. The avionics in the Ultra simulator are different than in our airplane so we wasted a lot of simulator time struggling through setting up each approach procedure. Sometimes as many as five or six an hour, none of which we will use again. At the end of the day, I'm proficient in the Ultra, but I fly a Bravo!"

Isn't training in a simulator better?
Simulators are great tools, but unfortunately every normal and abnormal procedure is scripted by a FAR Part 142 syllabus. Savvy pilots learn the script after a few years of attending recurrent training and know what to expect. It's like taking an exam with the answer sheet. You should mix it up every few years.

What does your ground school cover?
I know from personal experience how redundant ground school can be. The endless, mindless repetition of system minutia becomes tedious. The long pointless, detailed explanations of how a starter generator designed in 1950 operates, instead of learning industry reviewed best practices. And you can't help but think how much time and money you're wasting. But, the worst part is you aren't learning anything new. So, I put the focus on current, real world accidents, incidents, and data to emphasize human factors and systems failures to create an individualized curriculum that makes you sit up, pay attention, and self-evaluate your techniques and procedures.

Do you offer citation type ratings?
No, I specialize in recurrent training only.

Are you approved by my insurance company?
Yes, but have your agent place a call to the underwriter to verify it. Sometimes agents just say Flightsafety because it's easier.

Who is the examiner for the 61.58 checkride?
Doug Carmody

Who is the primary instructor for Executive Flight Training?
Doug Carmody is the owner and only CFI for the Piaggio program. He is a former US Airways instructor pilot with over 30 years of instructional training with turbine aircraft. Doug is low key, easy-going, and professional. He enjoys training in an informal atmosphere. Please see our testimonials page to read reviews about Doug from former students.

Where is EFT located?
46D Sams Point Rd. Beaufort, SC, 29902-1452, between Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC.

Will you train me at my location?
Absolutely. I'll be happy to come to you.

Do I need to list Doug on my insurance?
Yes, as additional insured with a waiver of subrogation.

How much is Piaggio recurrent training?
Recurrent training is $1,995. This doesn't include travel expenses, which will be added to the bill if we perform training at your location.

How should I prepare for training?
After you sign up for training, I will email you study material.

When do courses start?
Courses begin at your convenience, and training accommodates your schedule.

How far in advance should I book?
Three weeks to a month before you'd like to start training.

What is the nicest thing anyone has said to you in KTEB?
Positive rate, gear up!

How do I contact EFT?
Cell: 843-521-9412, ask for Bonny. Email: