Jesse Ekkerd


📍   South Africa · SAST (GMT + 2)


Jesse was awesome. Everything, from setting up my program and his instructions regarding power on stalls was amazing – a huge benefit!!! How can you get better, A+++++ in my book – I am sold, looking forward to our next session.

– Paul R.

Student Pilot (Feb 25, 2022)

“Jesse is a great coach. From the initial consultation he took great steps to understand my pain points and how I was looking to improve. Once we got into the sim, it was great having him being able to expertly and efficiently identify corrections to my flight style. I would recommend Jesse to anyone who is looking to learn or improve their flying!”

– Adam H.

Flight Sim Enthusiast (May 18, 2022)

“Jesse is extremely knowledgeable and shows great patience in guiding me through our lessons. He explains all points and objectives clearly and also provides notes on the lesson and what we aim to achieve going forward. Jesse is a great teacher and I am enjoying our time together learning to fly.”

– David W.

Flight Sim Enthusiast (June 27, 2022)

About me

I discovered aviation through flight simulators at the age of 8 and quickly developed a passion for flying. I obtained my Private Pilots License (PPL) in high school while extensively using flight simulators. After graduating, I completed my Commercial Pilot License and Instructor Rating and became the youngest flight instructor in the history of the largest flight school in Africa. I also have training on turboprop airliners such as the Beechcraft 1900.

I am a firm believer in using flight simulation as a catalyst to accelerate flight training and improve Aeronautical Decision Making skills. I believe that any pilot who wants to become a master at their craft will need to use a personal flight simulator, even if it only includes a basic joystick.

I have spent over 1,000 hours instructing English Second Language students from initial ab-initio to advanced IFR training. I have fine-tuned the unique skills necessary to provide the optimal style of instruction to these students.

Certificates & Ratings

SACAA Instructor Grade 2
Certified Flight Instructor

Commercial Pilot License
Single Engine Airplane
Multi Engine Airplane
Night Rating
Instrument Rating
Multi-Crew Co-Operation Certificate

Type Ratings
Beechcraft 1900 (B190)

Pilot & Instructor Experience

I have real-world instructing experience in: Cessna 172S NAV III (G1000), Piper Warrior III (PA-28-161, G500)

Flight Sim Experience

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

X-Plane 11

Prepar3D (P3D) / Flight Simulator X (FSX)

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