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Hi, I am

Dave Walley

Online Flight Instructor

Welcome to my profile! Here you can learn more about my experience and book a coaching session. I look forward to working with you soon!
ATPL(H) – New Zealand, UK, EASA, CASA | CPL(H) – New Zealand, UK, FAA, others | Instructor rating (H) – New Zealand (B/D), EASA | Examiner (H) – New Zealand
X-Plane, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS)
Various helicopters • Boeing 737-200


Flight Sim Experience

X-Plane logo.


Microsoft Flight Simulator logo.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS/FS2020)

Certificates & Ratings


Instructor Rating (H) – New Zealand (‘B’ CAT / ‘D’ CAT), EASA (TRI): Helicopter Instructor Rating

Instructor Rating (A) – ‘C’ CAT: Fixed-Wing Aircraft Instructor Rating

Examiner Rating(H) – New Zealand: Helicopter • Airline Flight Examiner • VFR, IFR, Route


ATPL(H) – New Zealand, UK, EASA, CASA: Helicopter Airline Transport Pilot License

CPL(H) – FAA, Bermuda, Malaysia, Kenya: Helicopter Commercial Pilot License

CPL(A) – New Zealand: Commercial Pilot License • Aerobatics Rating

CPL Airship – UK: Airship Commercial Pilot License

CPL Balloon – NZ: Balloon Commercial Pilot License

PPL(A): Private Pilot License Airplane • New Zealand (Amphibian Rating) • United Kingdom • Canada (Float Plane Rating)

Type Ratings

Various helicopters • Boeing 737-200

Real-World Aircraft

I have instructed in:

Robinson R22 • Hughes 300 (269) • Hughes 500(369) • Bell 47G2 • Bell 206 • Eurocopter AS350 • Eurocopter AS355-F1 • Bell 222 • Bolkow BK117 • Sikorsky S76 • AW169 • Commercial Balloon: Cameron N90 • Thunder and Colt AX7. Fixed wing: Cessna 172 • Piper 38-112 • Lake Buccaneer

I have also piloted:

SA Bulldog Ti • Piper 28-160 • Lake Buccaneer • CT4 Airtrainer • B76 Duchess • Boeing 737-200 • Bell 206 & OH58A • Robinson R22/R44 • Aerospatiale AS 350 Squirrel • Aerospatiale 330 Puma • Aerospatiale 365N Dauphine • Aerospatiale 355 Twin Squirrell • Sikorsky S76 • AW169 • Airship Industries Skyship • 500 & 600 American Blimp Co • A60



About Me

I am a New Zealand-based helicopter pilot, flight instructor, and examiner with over 10,000 flight hours, primarily in helicopters.

I especially love teaching people with no previous flight experience the thrill of flying helicopters, as well as fixed-wing pilots who want to try their hand at rotary. I also enjoy night vision ops and instrument flight training.

I initially learned to fly fixed-wing aircraft in the Royal Air Force. I later flew large helicopters to offshore oil rigs throughout the world, conducted search and rescue missions, served in the Falklands for the UK Ministry of Defence, and flew for Greenpeace in Antarctica and the Arctic. In addition, I flew commercial blimps in North America, the UK, and Australia, and was a Boeing 737-200 copilot for Air New Zealand.

I love instructing in simulators and have built several myself. Online flight instruction is the way of the future, and I’m fascinated by its potential, not only for ab-initio and scenario-based training, but also for teaching Crew Resource Management (CRM) and advanced human factors.

Read more about my services in this article: My Free Remote Coaching Trial Session from Flight Sim Coach — A Review


“What valuable feedback. Dave was right on target with what I needed. We were able to accomplish some complex tasks. I got some valuable training out of it. His depth of experience is an asset I may rely on again.”

— Steve
Helicopter Flight Sim Enthusiast

“Dave Walley was great! Positive and patient. Good instructor.“

— Seb M.
Private Pilot
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