New Mexico Sport Aviation

Based at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, we offer sport, recreational, and private pilot training along with rental of our airplanes.

The sport pilot certificate has opened a new chapter for aviation - no medical exam is required and we can offer training in new airplanes at a lower cost. Additionally, licensed pilots who let their medical certificates lapse can get back in the air exercising sport pilot privileges in our airplanes.

We offer a modern approach to flight training, personalized to your aviation goals


New Mexico Sport Aviation was founded in 2010 to bring a new approach to flight instruction for New Mexico. Many people have been surprised to find that flight training is is often given by inexperienced pilots in worn-out airplanes. It doesn’t need to be that way, with a commitment to using seasoned instructors and state-of-the-art aircraft NMSA is leading the change. Our airplanes are all hangared so they can be ready to fly 365 days a year.

Modern flight training goes beyond choosing the right airplanes: instructors themselves must have ongoing training in new technologies, instructional approaches must reviewed for effectiveness, and we must accept that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for learning to fly. We're proud to use in-cockpit video and flight track recording so your learning can continue at home. 

Whether you train with Michael or one of our partner instructors you can be confident that your flight instructor has many thousands of flight hours and many years experience teaching people how to fly.

Flying from Taos back to Santa Fe under perfect blue skies

Flying from Taos back to Santa Fe under perfect blue skies

Michael Szczepanski


With almost 10,000 hours of flying experience, including over 5000 hours giving flight instruction, Michael is the ideal choice to teach you to fly. With a patient and calm approach you’ll be able to enjoy every challenge of the learning process.


Since learning to fly in 1994 with the Brown University Flying Club Michael’s passion for aviation has had an overwhelming influence on his life. Beyond flight instruction he has flown skydivers, air ambulance, a private jet, for an airline, and overnight freight.

Utilizing a combination of skills-building and real world scenario-based training, Michael will help you develop the skills to be a proficient and safe pilot while keeping in mind that learning to fly should be fun! When not instructing Michael flies a King Air B200 for work and a Cessna 182 for fun.


New Mexico Sport Aviation  -  Santa Fe Municipal Airport  -  505.490.6222  -