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Tom Fischer

I am a second generation flight instructor. My father gave me my first flight lesson when I was 12 years old. l will never forget the advice he gave to me during that lesson as it is advice I have now passed on to all of my students: “small changes, small mistakes”. I have always prided myself on having a very strong work ethic. It all started on my tenth birthday when I received a hammer from my father so I could help build an addition on our house. This addition was only the beginning. When other kids my age were sleeping in, I was working alongside my father. It was this work ethic which empowered me to work seven days a week to finance my flight training, often flying early in the morning before work. I demonstrate the same dedication to my students. In the spirit of the age old philosophical question, “How do you know you exist?” My response is “I teach, therefore I am”.



Jodi Fischer

I have always been an extremely determined and motivated individual with a great amount of belief in myself. When I was nine years old, I climbed Mt. Katahdin located at the end of the Appalachian Trail with an elevation of 5,267 feet.  I canoed over 100 miles in seven days on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway from Maine to Canada, and this included Chase Rapids with a rating of a class II+.  But none of these physical challenges compares to that of motherhood and the joy I have of raising our son, Zachary.  As a mom, I am enthralled with watching him learn and grow. I bring this same enthusiasm to our flight school, and I look forward to supporting each you as you earn your wings.


David Ayoub

The True North strong and free! Just add that westerly variation. I’ve always loved aviation. Growing up in Montreal, Canada, I cannot think of a time I didn’t look up at the sky in awe. Fast forward to my 18th birthday and that introductory discovery flight that starts so many of our aviation careers; I was in love. After graduating college as a mechanical engineer, I started working at a major Canadian flight simulation & training company as a mechanical designer on both civil and military contracts. During this time, I decided to finish my private and commercial ratings; I still remember putting on thermal underwear in my office locker room to head out in -5 degree, mid-January time building flights in a Cessna 152.

My wife, son and I moved to NJ on an amazing career opportunity for her and I decided to experience the joy and challenge of being a stay-at-home father to our boisterous little boy. I really wanted to continue flying in the US so I started canvassing flight schools in the area when I walked into Fischer Aviation. What I found was a group that prides itself on not just teaching, but sharing the joy aviation has brought them. After hard work and wonderful training obtaining both my Instrument and CFI ratings under the tutelage of Dave Pavoni, I have the chance to share this vision with eager students; share some of the love and joy that aviation has brought me.

Tomoharu Nishino

Tomoharu Nishino

My first flight in a GA aircraft was up over the wilderness of Alaska. I was flying up to a tiny town above the arctic circle, and the pilot who took me there in a Cessna twin let me sit right seat. Flying (relatively) low and slow, the view of the vast expanses of Alaska from the cockpit was incredible, and the sense of freedom was exhilarating. That’s when I decided I had to learn to fly. We pilots of “little” airplanes get to experience the world in a way quite unlike any other.

I’m a recovering academic.  I taught at the university level for 10 years.  So learning and teaching is in my blood. One of the great things about flying is that, whether you intend to pursue it as a career or simply as a lifelong avocation, there is always something new to learn, something new to master, new ratings to pursue, new airplanes to fly, new places to go. It’s a constant challenge, and never gets boring.  It’s a lifelong pursuit,  a lifetime of learning.  As an instructor, nothing gives me more pleasure than to share my passion for flying and see my students succeed.

Tom was my instructor.  He taught me how to fly, and took me through the subsequent Instrument and Commercial ratings. I know first hand how hard he works for his students. So, I jumped at the opportunity when he asked me to come teach for his school.  We want all of our students to become skilled, knowledgeable, and above all, safe pilots.  That is our goal, and we work hard to make sure each of our students gets there.  Whatever your goals are–a private pilot or a career in aviation–we will work hard with you to make them a reality.  And we will have a lot of fun along the way.

Dave Pavoni

Dave Pavoni

My love for aviation began at the age of 11 when I took an airplane ride out of a small airport in New Jersey.  I was instantly motivated to read all of the aeronautical books I could obtain, and I started to work on a flight simulator.  I took my first flight lesson at the age of 16 and soloed on November 15,2001.  I fly old airplanes like Piper Tri-Pacers and a spectrum of experimental aircraft.  I have additionally acquired a tail wheel rating so that I can pursue my love for aerobatics. My passion for aviation is shared with each and every student while we work to pursue any aviation license or rating.


Owen Golding, Jr.

As a young boy, my uncle introduced me to aviation. He had already been a pilot for years, so he decided to show me more about it. We went flying around New Jersey a few times, and after that I knew aviation was going to be a permanent part of my life. I realized that flying has a very rewarding feeling to it. This led me to go further into aviation.

I started learning to fly in a Cessna 172 back in 2013. Since then I’ve been in different models of Pipers Warriors, Archers, and Seminoles. I’ve flown to many different states in the country and I’ve met many different people along the way.  All of these different experiences showed me that the aviation community has a lot to offer!


Matt O’Donnell

I can not recall a time when I was not infatuated with aviation. Ever since receiving a book about metal birds that could travel faster than the speed of sound I was hooked on learning more and more about this foreign concept. I began my flight training when I was 16 here at Fischer Aviation with the goal of starting a career in aviation. I now hope to study Aerospace Engineering in college whilst also participating in Air Force ROTC and upon graduating, serving as an officer in the United States Air Force.


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