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I'm an editor at Boldmethod.

I'm a commercially licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and hold tailwheel, complex, and high performance aircraft endorsements. At the University of North Dakota, where I'm a Commercial Aviation Major, I'm the Student Outreach Coordinator for the Student Aviation Advisory Council. Our group is dedicated to bridging the gap between aviation faculty and students. In addition, I'm the Social Media Director for EAA Chapter 1342, one of the nation's only collegiate-run EAA Chapters.

I founded the blog "Private to Professional Pilot" shortly after beginning my flight training. Through writing about my flight training experience step-by-step, I hope to demystify the process of becoming a pilot to those aspiring pilots like myself, who have little or no background in aviation. Since foundation, the site has recorded over 400,000 page views, receiving visitors from over 195 countries worldwide. Follow me and read more on

I'm excited to be a part of the movement to revolutionize the way aviation training works. In a modern, technological era, the next generation of pilots should have the opportunity to utilize the best online training methods.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email or Twitter.

Swayne ( / @MartinsAviation)