Matthew Claiborne has been flight instructing since 2001 in many different flight training environments. After graduating from Lynn’s Business and Aviation program in 2003, he opened his own photography company in the Florida Keys. Anxious to return to aviation, Claiborne returned to flying full time at Lynn in 2008. Lynn University’s personal approach to flight training, flexibility in teaching methods and modern equipment are synonymous with his teaching approach.
Claiborne is a single- and multi-engine, instrument-rated commercial pilot and a certified flight instructor with his airplane, instrument and multiengine ratings. He has flown from Fort Lauderdale to California and from Key West to Montreal. Always based in South Florida, he is thoroughly familiar with the airspace and air traffic procedures that students train in everyday in the Boca Raton/Fort Lauderdale area.
- A.S., Broward College
- B.S., Lynn University
Matthew Claiborne's teaching philosophy is to always make learning purposeful and multifaceted, the result of an active process based on experience and training. Unlike classroom subjects, he believes that flying must be learned by touch. The judgment and decision-making skills that make up safe, proficient pilots does not come solely out of books, but from a combination of principled learning and hands-on experience. This leads to the flexibility in learning required for pilots who need to adapt to every changing environments at airports and in the skies. In Claiborne's courses he customizes his approach to each student, using leading-edge industry techniques such as FITS (Flight Industry Training Standards), which emphasizes scenario based training. Rather than focusing on rote memorization of important concepts, he feels that these should be practiced and applied in real world situations.
- Modern aviation technologies
Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice
- Commercial pilot, airplane single and multi-engine land-instrument
- Certified Flight Instructor-airplane instrument single and multi-engine