About our instructors

We are pleased to offer a variety of excellent flight instructors to accommodate a wide range of coaching goals and availability. If you’re not sure which instructor is the best match for you, please contact us so we can point you in the right direction.

While nothing can replace real-world flight experience, remote coaching at home offers immense value with incredible convenience. Learn more about our pricing and the benefits of working with our team of instructors.

Note: Since we allow each instructor to charge in their local currency, please be aware of the relevant exchange rate before you purchase a session in a currency different than your own.

For an overview of the courses/topics that can be covered with our instructors, please visit our Training Courses page.

Mike Catalfamo

‣ Founder, flightsimcoach.com
‣ FAA ATP (AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT)
‣ fAA CFI/CFII (Certified Flight Instructor / instrument Flight Instructor)
‣ FAA AGI/IGI (Advanced/Instrument Ground Instructor)
‣ Embraer 175/195 type rating

About me

I’m a former airline pilot & Boeing engineer. I’ve been a desktop flight sim user since 2000, and experienced first-hand the profound benefits they can have on real-world flight training. I am passionate about helping pilots and enthusiasts alike use desktop simulation to achieve their goals as efficiently as possible. Read more

Testimonials

"...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!" Read more

Scott F.
Flight sim enthusiast

Flight sim experience: X-Plane 11, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, PilotEdge, VATSIM

Time zone/general availability: Variable; currently not taking on new clients.

I have real-world instructing experience in: Cessna C172, 150, 182RG, Cirrus SR20, Piper PA-28

David Chambers

‣ UK Commercial Pilot, Single Engine
‣ UK FI/IRI (Flight Instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor)
‣ FAA PRIVATE PILOT, SINGLE ENGINE LAND, SINGLE ENGINE SEA, INSTRUMENT RATING

About me

UK-based instrument-rated flight instructor. I have no plans for an airline career and instead have made the most of my PPL, flying extensively throughout Europe and the US (California, New England, Florida, Texas). I enjoy encouraging others to venture further, leading club trips to foreign destinations and club flyouts. 

I thrive on the variety that flight instruction offers, from taking those up for their first flight, through the PPL training course and subsequently on to IFR airways procedures.

Flight simulators offer an ideal complement to real-world experience at a much lower cost. I’ve customised my own simulator, enhancing scenery for dozens of airports on the X-Plane repository as well as tailoring and enhancing instrument panel touchscreens to match real aircraft closely. I’ve built and customised a simulator for the flying club and published several articles in magazines. I closely track the constantly changing regulations in Europe and run a popular ground school class on how to fly abroad.

Credited if you purchase coaching with David after the consult.

15% off, for an effective hourly rate of £46/hour

Flight sim experience: X-Plane 11, VATSIM, PilotEdge

Time zone/general availability: Some weekdays, most weekends and evenings (UK time zone)

Home airport: EGBJ (Gloucester, UK)

I have real-world instructing experience in: PA28 Warrior/Arrow, Cessna 172/182, Socata TB20

Leigh Ehrmann

‣ Canadian ATPL
‣ Canadian Class 2 Instructor rating, qualified to teach Ab Initio to MEI students
‣ C550, C560, C25C (Citation CJ4), C25CS (Citation CJ4 Single Pilot), C525 (Citation M2), C525S (Citation M2 Single Pilot), TBM and ARJ146 (BAe146/Avro RJ Series) Type ratings

About me

I’m a current Chief Pilot for a Canadian corporate flight department operating the TBM930, Citation M2 and Citation CJ4. I have been instructing for nearly 15 years, and continue to flight instruct in my spare time. While flying corporate aircraft, I have experience worldwide at many different airports.

My career began at a college as a flight instructor, before I moved to run my own flight school in Eastern Canada. After that I progressed to flying Citations with a charter company before moving to a small airline on the Avro RJ100 aircraft. My real passion lies with corporate jets, so I made the move back as a Chief Pilot at my current job.

15% off, for an effective hourly rate of $69/hour

Flight sim experience: X-Plane 11, VATSIM

Time zone/general availability: Mountain time zone  • Evenings are usually open, as well as anytime during the day when I’m off work. Even when I’m on the road I can be available.

Home airport: CYBW (Calgary/Springbank Airport)

I have real-world instructing experience in:  C152, C172, C182, C206, PA28, PA31, BE58, Mooney, Grumman GA7, C240 TTx, Cirrus SR22

Additional aircraft flown as pilot: Citation 2, Citation Ultra, Citation CJ4, Citation M2, TBM 850, TBM 930, Avro RJ100

 

Chris Stalica

‣ FAA Commercial Pilot, Single/Multi Engine Land
‣ FAA CFI/CFII (Flight Instructor, Flight Instructor Instrument)
‣ CE-510S Type Rating

About me

Chris is an FAA-certified flight instructor with over 20 years of experience in general aviation planes and simulators.

He started flying in college using Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 to supplement his training.

When not working as an engineer, you can find him at an airport or flying virtually to test his skills and for entertainment.

A firm believer in using flight simulation to reinforce real-world flying, he enjoys teaching students at every level.

15% off, for an effective hourly rate of $57.50/hour

Flight sim experience: X-Plane 11, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, VATSIM, PilotEdge

Time zone/general availability: Central time • evenings & weekends

Home airport: KICT (Wichita, Kansas)

I have real-world instructing experience in: Cirrus SR22, Piper M600, Mooney M20

Darrell Taylor

‣ FAA Commercial, Single Engine, Multi Engine, Instrument
‣ FAA CFI/CFII (FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR, FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR INSTRUMENT)
‣ EASA fATPL, B737 300-900, SEP (Land), MEP (Land)
‣ EASA FI(A) Teaching PPL, CPL, IR, FI Ratings
‣ B737 300-900 Type Rating

About me

My aviation interest started when my parents bought me Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 when I was a child. I started training towards my PPL at the age of 13, went solo at 16 and qualified as a private pilot at 18. I then worked a few jobs while saving for further training and qualified as a commercial pilot and flight instructor in 2010. 

I started my instructing career in France, and shortly after I was offered a job in Florida teaching European students. While doing this I trained for my FAA ratings and stayed in Florida teaching EASA and FAA students until 2018 when I decided to move back to the UK for an airline job. 

I have been flying the Boeing 737 for a European airline since then. During the pandemic, with my free time, I have reignited my interest in simming, which has helped keep my SOPs current.

15% off, for an effective hourly rate of $63.25/hour

Flight sim experience: X-Plane 11, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, VATSIM

Time zone/general availability: GMT time zone • I work a 5 days on, 4 days off roster, so I’m available at least 4 days in every 9.

Home airport: EGPH (Edinburgh Airport)

I have real-world instructing experience in: Cessna 150, 152, 172, Piper PA28, PA28(R), PA28(RT), Robin DR300, DR400

Additional aircraft flown as pilot: Boeing 737, Beechcraft BE76, Piper PA34, PA44

Free consultation. Sign up with confidence.

If you would like to take the first step, we welcome you to sign up for a free 20 minute consultation call. This will allow us to:

Check your sim setup

While no special software is required, it's always helpful to do a dry-run to check for any issues. This will also be a chance for us to understand your simulator setup and what equipment and add-ons you use.

Discuss your goals and determine what package is right for you

We will discuss recommendations for how remote sim coaching may or may not benefit your situation, and determine the most cost-effective training plan to meet your needs.