Welcome Instructor Ben Watsky

I have been passionate about aviation from a very young age. I grew up on Air Force bases all over the country as my dad was an Air Force Physician. Additionally, my Grandfather was a Chief Mechanic at Eastern Airlines. He instilled a love for flying and everything airplane related. I flew for the first time on a job-shadowing day at age 14 out of Albany International (ALB). I Completed My private Learn to Fly Ben Watskypilot certificate at Richmor Aviation in Schenectady NY (SCH) and then completed the remainder if my certificates, flight instructor ratings, as well as a BS in Aviation/Flight Operations at Daniel Webster College in Nashua NH (ASH).

After a brief vacation from flight instructing and undergrad I completed my float plane rating in Moose Pass Alaska, which was some of the most memorable flying of my life. Upon my return I took a position as a First Officer at ExpressJet Airlines. As a First Officer based in Newark NJ (EWR) i flew the EMB-135/145 throughout the US, Mexico, and Canada. The airline experience was very rewarding and I learned a lot about FAR Part 121 operations and operating at some of North America’s busiest airports. While I worked at ExpressJet I completed the remainder of my MBA in Aviation Business and Safety through Daniel Webster’s distance learning program.

Currently, aside from Instructing at Aero Safety Training, I am a Safety Analyst for a company that works with Air Carriers, Charter Operators, and various other companies throughout the world. Additionally, I have a passion for Real Estate investing and flipping and I hold a Real Estate License with Weichert Realtors in Upper Montclair.  I am very excited about all Learn to Fly Ben Watskythings aviation and have a love and passion for teaching people how to fly. Flight Instructing is a truly rewarding experience and there is nothing better than seeing a student’s face when they accomplish the next step in their training and progress towards their aviation goals, whatever those may be.

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