"Since this was my first time trying the service, I did not really know what to expect. Patrick was a great coach, and made the time spent enjoyable and educational. It was like talking to a friend that was not only a pilot, instructor, and tech expert, but also an enthusiast that is excited about sims, planes, and flying. As a private pilot who is just now getting into simulators to enhance my own training, I found the time and effort to sign up for session to be an excellent investment, and I look forward to another session with Patrick soon. If anything, the experience was better than I could have reasonably expected!"
"As a long-time aviation enthusiast and casual flight simmer, my lack of understanding of flight planning, ATC communications and essential aeronautical knowledge was detracting from my simming experience. Sure, it’s fun to try to land the space shuttle or hand fly the B738 or C172 cross country, but at some point, you may grow bored of flying without purpose.
The worldwide shift to virtual and remote learning made me wonder if anyone was offering any form of online video conferencing for flight simulator instruction. My search led me to flightsimcoach.com and I reached out for more info. Mike responded instantly and we set up a brief videoconference to discuss learning goals and test the screensharing. Two of my goals were to learn to operate the aircraft properly and to learn to fly IFR so that I could fly with on PilotEdge. My first 90 minute session flew by. Mike is a very practical, efficient and patient teacher.
Within a few sessions, I was interpreting ILS approach charts, confidently operating my GPS to navigate IFR routes and practicing my comms with Mike providing me live ATC service. With some assigned homework between sessions and limited independent study, I have a much better understanding of the IFR system and how to follow many of the procedures that real IFR pilots use everyday. With lots and lots of practice, I am now comfortable to communicate with ATC.
I’ve already completed several IFR flights on a simulated ATC network and I am flying with much more confidence. When I run into concepts or procedures that don’t make sense to me, Mike is super helpful with detailed explanations and great references. It is obvious how passionate he is about flight instruction.
If you are an aviation enthusiast like me, remote coaching will make your simming experience much more enjoyable. If you are a future or current student pilot, remote flight coaching with Mike will save you thousands of dollars without having to leave the safety of your home office.
It has been a great experience to learn from Mike. While he has given me the training to get myself up and running, I will be sticking with him to broaden my knowledge and skills moving forward."
"The course contained a wealth of information, presented in both lecture format and then the hands on application of the communications taught by actually flying the aircraft. The available recording of the course was very effective in allowing one to review the many points covered.. The presentation was given in a professional manner from instructors with very experienced backgrounds. Homework was given to enhance the overall immersion into ATC communication. The net result was a solid competency of the beginning student to be able to enter the world of ATC communication from a pilot’s perspective."
"Everything was perfect. From a last minute request I had that was accepted and with a smile on top of it. Patrick was very easy to understand and gave me answers to my needs on top of setting up a better graphic configuration for me. Can't wait for the next session."
"In my first session with Mike, we used a sim flight from KDEN to KASE to go over the subtleties and challenges of flying a SID from a Class B to a challenging mountain airport using the G1000 flight planning and autopilot.
In addition to being a commercial pilot, Mike has an extensive knowledge of X-Plane. I learned a lot of new X-Plane tricks like speeding up the sim to bypass sections of the flight not relevant to the training goals, how to video tape and retrieve your flight with actual instrument readings from each moment of the flight, activating an approach vs. a leg, and the use of VNAV in departures and approaches. We also discussed how to best handle autopilot settings with ATC vectors that deviate from the SID.
Can't say enough about Mike's knowledge and teaching skills. It's like having a CFI on call for simmers, as well as those training for their PPL or Instrument Ratings. His fees are super reasonable. Serious simmers and pilots in training are fortunate to have this resource available!"
"Ben was amazing. Although my iMac has limitations which prevent 100% performance with X-Plane, he found a method to give me the best results possible. I will be scheduling another appointment with Ben in the next few weeks to answer any questions which arise as I continue to use the X-Plane program and my Honeycomb hardware. I couldn't have been more pleased."
"My session with Patrick was absolutely awesome. Flying with VR in MSFS using VATSIM for controlling changed my flightsim world. As a perpetual private pilot in training, this was the most realistic experience next to the real thing. The only thing missing was the loud rumble and vibration of the engine, sensory orientation and the smell of aviation fuel."
"Phenomenal 1-hour Session with Patrick yesterday. That sesh saved me days of struggling to figure out the intricacies of configuring a sim. Patrick was super patient and professional throughout and really took the time to make sure I was set, including emailing me more info to help me continue my journey....I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your company and outstanding folks like Patrick who are part of it."
"On February of 2023 Patrick started flight sim coaching my son...Patrick has been very engaging since the first lesson and my son is very happy working with him. My son is a long way from formal flight school, but I know that he is learning very good flying habits and technical knowledge from Patrick that, I believe, will be very valuable in the future. We look forward to keep working with Patrick in the long term."
"I am really excited about being part of Flight Sim Coach. I am just getting back into flying and training after a 10-year hiatus. Flight Sim Coach is a game-changer.
I particularly appreciate Flight Sim Coach because when I flew a decade ago, it was really difficult to become an excellent pilot, because the only way to train was to rent a plane and hire an instructor. The problem that occurred was that it was very difficult and expensive to make that happen on a regular basis- not to mention the weather! The time, weather, and expense made it almost impossible to fly on a consistent basis. So much so, that the flying community said that unless you flew for the airlines or needed to fly for work, it was unrealistic to expect to become a proficient pilot.
Flight Sim Coach changes all that. I am able to have a world-class instructor like Alan Edwards train me in my house and fly on a consistent basis. I cannot tell you how this changes the landscape of being a private pilot. I am very fired up about this and look forward to becoming an excellent pilot. Thanks for starting your company."