It started with

a dream of flying

It led to thousands of hours at the controls

I now help others experience

the thrills of piloting


How well do you know and understand your G1000?

Garmin’s G1000 is a seamlessly integrated package that brings new levels of situational awareness, simplicity and safety to the cockpit. Our training teaches pilots the concepts, terminology and procedures required to confidently manage automation in today’s technically advanced general aviation aircraft.

Aviation Weather

Can you evaluate the weather forecast to know if you can go safely?


Improve your understanding of the weather and weather analysis. Together, we will work on your go/no-go decision-making process to make you a safer pilot.

Let us design an ‘FAA Wings Pilot Proficiency Program just for you.’

Basic Flying Skills

What piloting skills would you like to improve?


Learn from a Master Certified Flight Instructor with over 35 years of experience working with pilots of all levels, from student pilots to military test pilots. Just pick the skills you want to improve and put my experience to work for you.

Do you have a special training need?

I love helping fellow pilots improve their skills.


If you have a special pilot training need, please send me an email.

Flying is my passion!


How well do you understand the airspace where you fly?

SoCal TRACON Controllers (ATC) recently indicated there are numerous airspace violations ‘daily’ in the LA area. Learn about Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR’s), Prohibited or Restricted Areas, Special Use Airspace (SUA), local airports and more.

Instrument Flying Rules (IFR) Basics

How long has it been since you were IFR Current?


If your scan is rusty, we will teach you the ‘control and performance’ method
of scanning that is simpler and more effective.

Latest News

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Master Instructors LLC Renews John's Master CFI Accreditation

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Weather Accidents and How To Avoid Them

Join two of's Master Instructors on a 90 minute…
Flight simulator

Flying Expo 2015

Palm Springs, California. Under partly cloudy skies on Friday…

AOPA's You Can Fly Program' and Yellowbird

It was great to see Kay Sundaram last week. She made the trip…
Flying Circus photos at Falbob airport

Annual ‘Flying Circus'

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, I flew myself and 3 friends to Flabob…
john Mahany aerial photo above 15/91 interchange

Flying to Breakfast

On Saturday morning, May 23, 2015, I flew to the Riverside, CA,…
Photos from planes of fame air museum airshow 2015

Planes of Fame Air Museum - 2015

During the first weekend in May, 2015, the Planes of Fame Air…
Mural of most influential aviators inducted to hall of fame inductees by Ms. Michelle Rouch

Honoring California’s Most Influential Aviators

On Saturday evening, April 25, 2015, I attended a Black Tie Optional…

Abnormal Situations

Do you know what an ‘abnormal’ situation is? It’s not an…

Why Choose Mahany Aviation


As your mentor, we’ll benchmark your piloting prowess, add to your skills, and ensure you fly with greater safety and confidence.

Safety First

Our safety training is world class. The safer you are – the more you can enjoy the thrills of flying.

Save Time

Faster learning on the ground and in the air saves time and money – and let’s you fly more!

What Others Say

John is a professional in every respect and brings the best of service and representation of his employer. Credentialed, enthusiastic and of high standards.

John Griffin
John GriffinDirector of Operations at Sunbird Aviation

John is an OUTSTANDING instructor in all respects. Knows his stuff cold
and is able to impart that knowledge to his students both in the
classroom and sim. This is the third time I’ve worked with him when at
the facility and he consistently is excellent.

Robert Kay
Robert KayGlobal Hawk Test Pilot/King Air B200 Pilot/Consultant

John Mahany has 35 years of experience flying professionally in Alaska and across the US.  Anyone, that truly wants to understand weather, should spend time with him.  As a fellow Master Instructor, I often refer in-depth weather questions to him.

Gary ReevesChief Safety Officer, ATP, Master CFI, CFII, MEI, FAA Safety Team
 Excellent Webinar.  The material you presented was worthwhile, interesting and informative.
William RohlandWebinar adendee

 “You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.” – Amelia Earhart