Advanced Flyers

Silicon Valley's Premier Flying Club, Palo Alto

Call (650) 494-1646

Advanced Flyers has shut down operations as of May 1, 2017. If you need support, please use contact page.

Management Team

We take great care to provide our members with excellent service and a high quality, smooth running operation. Our collective team has decades of experience in operating aircraft and flying clubs. Whenever you have questions or need assistance, we'll be glad to help.

Executive Manager & Founder

Marco Frigino


Marco is a private pilot with instrument rating. He has flown throughout the southwestern USA, including Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. He enjoys sharing his adventures and looks forward to flying as much as possible with his family.

Outside of flying, Marco is an experienced software engineer with a strong sense of humor. If you have suggestions, email them to him so he can flag them as spam.

Marketing & Business Development

Tino Frigino


After 35 years in aviation, Tino retired as director of a large international airline. He worked in Europe, North Africa, USA and Middle East. His introduction to aviation began with launching his own aero-modeling club as a teenager and participating in remotely controlled aircraft aerobatics contests.

Outside of aviation, Tino enjoys playing with the latest high-tech gadgets and smartphones and interacting with people.

Chief Pilot

Joshua Smith


Josh has been a flight instructor since 2000 and been in the aviation business his whole life. He has taught many pilots how to fly and specializes in mountain checkouts and cross country flying, as well as GPS, instrument, G1000, cross-wind and precision landing training.

Prior to joining Advanced Flyers, Josh served as chief pilot and general manager at West Valley Flying Club from 2002 until 2010.