Harborside Aviation is a Professional flight school providing a wide variety
of services to the general aviation community. Harborside Aviation has been teaching people
to fly for many years. We have the latest in aircraft, equipment and
interactive computer based ground training. Our instructors are all
professional and certified by the FAA.
Jean Lewis, CFII, MEI
Lewis was previously the owner and manager of a flight school in
N.J. called Lewis Flying Service. Jean and her family are all pilots.
Her father was an instructor in the Army Air Corp in World War II
and her brothers are both airline pilots. Her sister and nephews
are also pilots as well as her husband John.
Jean and John moved to Florida in 2003 after her husband took
an early retirement from Mobil/Exxon Oil Co. They had visited Florida
many times in their Cessna 210 when on vacation and decided that
Punta Gorda and the airport were perfect for them. In Sept 2003 Jean
started instructing in Punta Gorda and eventually she and her husband bought
the flight school from the previous owners and renamed it Harborside
Aviation. Jean has over 15,000 hours flight time and 29 years as a flight
John Sockwell is Jeanís husband and partner in Harborside Aviation. He
started flying in 1991 and has a private and commercial pilot's rating.
John's father also flew as a pilot during World War II. Jean and John
took many vacation trips to Florida and the Bahamas in their Cessna
210 looking for their perfect place to move to someday. When John
took an early retirement package from Mobil/Exxon Co.(he was a lab
technician) the timing was right and they moved to SW Florida. John
has over 600 hours flight time and enjoys spending time at the airport.
Ed Leffingwell, CFII, MEI
Leffingwell is a flight instructor and multi-engine instructor. He has
over 3000 hours flying time and owns his own Grumman Cougar twin engine
airplane. Ed began flying years ago up North where he previously owned
a Cessna 182.Ed is retired from General Electric.
Steve A. McEachern, Gold Seal Senior Flight Instructor Sr SteveMcEachern
McEachern is an
FAA Gold Seal Senior Flight Instructor with over 2000 hours flight instruction
experience. He began flying in 1972 and has enjoyed flying in different parts of
the country. Steve served in the U.S. Navy as an Aerographer’s Mate (i.e.,
Aviation Weatherman) and loves teaching weather skills. He previously owned
aircraft and is knowledgeable on aircraft systems from an owner perspective.
Steve began instructing after a long non-aviation career holding
technical/management positions in the Medical Device/Pharmaceutical
Neal McConochie Flight Instructor
Neal McConochie is a recent transplant from Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was an instructor during WWII and an aviation enthusiast. Flying was always a part of their family life. Neal started lessons at 14 and soloed on his 16th birthday. After that life got in the way of further flight training for many years but he eventually got back into it and completed his single engine and multi-engine ratings up through flight instructor and instrument instructor. Neal really enjoys working with people toward their dream of getting their pilot’s license or just knocking off the rust and getting back into aviation and having fun.
Sr Steve A. McEachern. Flight Instructor, Gold Seal