Bill Bonnette

I love to fly, and I really enjoy teaching other people to fly. Over the years I’ve taught a wide variety of individuals and I’ve flown with people from all walks of life. No matter what your background, if you have the desire to become a pilot, I will work with you to achieve your goal.

 I’ve had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of people to fly in many types of aircraft: single and multi-engine airplanes, helicopters, seaplanes, and tailwheel airplanes. Currently, I have over 27,000 hours of flight experience and more than 14,000 hours of instructional time.

The enthusiasm of my students is what makes my job exciting. Watching you progress as you work toward your certificate is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I will make your flying experience safe and fun, and I look forward to meeting you and talking about your aviation dreams and goals.

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Dave Shoemaker
Bill is a fantastic instructor. After a 17 year hiatus I decided to resume the journey and get my private pilot certificate. From minute one I was comfortable with his teaching style and manner. I had never trained with him before but he made the entire process so easy.
Professional combined with a great personality.
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Chuck Ricko
Billy is a great instructor. I’m prepping for my check ride, and feeling confident.
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Joe Goodbrake
If you want to learn to fly, this is the place! Great instructor, one of the best pilots out there. Bill is the man!
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Shawn Cloutier
I started my quest for my pilots license in July 2019. After going through 2 other CFI’s and not making any progress I found Bill Bonnette at Fly Pioneer Valley. In October of 2019 I started flying with Bill and he has always been willing to put in the time and energy it took to help me get my pilots license. I will be forever grateful to Bill for his help and guidance and I hope we will be friends for life.
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James Lucey
Currently working on my PPL and I’ve had a great experience—excited to be making progress towards my goal. Fly Pioneer Valley is an excellent place to learn to fly—great expertise from instructors at a classic municipal airport setup.

I started my flight training at one of the big flight schools, but after a random discovery flight at Fly Pioneer Valley I made the deliberate decision to pursue the rest of my license here, even though it’s a much farther drive from where I live. I really appreciate the individualized approach to instructing, and the passion that the instructors show for both flying and aircraft maintenance. Their fleet is in great shape and their planes are constantly being worked up with new technology and safety equipment.

I’ve really enjoyed learning to fly in such a classic general aviation setting. Fly pioneer valley is a great place not only to learn how to fly, but also gain an appreciation for aviation and the community surrounding it—highly recommend to anyone looking to start or continue their flying education.
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Nick Leblanc
Bill is an awesome instructor. very relateable and work with almost any schedule, great instructor. always wanted to fly and now im pursuing my dream, you can too!


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