Michael Phillips

Workshop Briefings


The entire Optimal Learning program is centered on the first principles of light aircraft flying.  Michael Phillips will help participants identify and understand the primary and secondary tenets that support each workshop.  He will also openly discuss expectations and levels of commitment required of the participating trainees and instructors.


July 22nd - 26th

Pilot Proficiency at EAA AirVenture 2024


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Michael Phillips one-to-one SOAW 1

Optimal Learning



Michael Phillips will set the stage for the morning and afternoon sessions each day.  All of the Optimal Learning workshops during the week of AirVenture are dedicated to year-round proficiency training.



A dynamic atmosphere that fosters discussion and a flow of ideas.  Exploring ways to think and teach differently.  Pushing learning to the correlation-level. Featuring activity and flight sim labs 

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Interact with others as you experiment with different approaches to thinking and
teaching.  Find the value in
regular proficiency training , make it normal, and treat it as a necessity.  

Michael Phillips has been trying to master the skills of an Aviation Educator for almost fifty years. He has had the privilege of logging more than 14,000 hours of dual given in a multitude of airplanes from tailwheel to single engine turbines. A Gold Seal Instructor, Michael has been a Master Instructor for over eighteen years. He holds CFI, CFII, MEI, IGI, seaplane and glider ratings, and is the recipient of the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot award.

Michael is also a Charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, serves on the SAFE Board of Directors, and is the National Coordinator for the Master Instructor Continuing Education Program. Michael has been an independent instructor most of his aviation career and is the principal at Aviation Instruction Simulator Center in Camarillo, CA and is on the teaching staff at CP Aviation in Santa Paula, CA.

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