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Jesse Ekkerd

Online Flight Instructor

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SACAA Instructor Grade 2, SACAA CPL(A)
Private Pilot, Instrument, Sim Enthusiasts, Aviation English
X-Plane, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS), Prepar3D, Flight Simulator X (FSX)
Beechcraft 1900 (B190)

Flight Sim Experience

X-Plane

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS/FS2020)

Prepar3D

Certificates & Ratings

Instructor

SACAA Instructor Grade 2: Certified Flight Instructor

Pilot

SACAA CPL(A): Commercial Pilot License • Single Engine Airplane • Multi Engine Airplane • Night Rating • Instrument Rating • Multi-Crew Co-Operation Certificate

Type Ratings

Beechcraft 1900 (B190)

Real-World Aircraft

I have instructed in:

Cessna 172S NAV III (G1000) • Piper Warrior III (PA-28-161, G500)

Languages

English, Afrikaans, German

About Me

I’m a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor with training on turboprop airliners.

I discovered aviation through flight simulators at the age of 8 and quickly developed a passion for flying. I used home flight simulators extensively during my training, and I firmly believe in using flight simulation as a catalyst to accelerate flight training and improve Decision-Making skills.

I have spent over 1,000 hours instructing English Second Language students on everything from basic maneuvers to advanced IFR procedures, primarily on the Cessna 172. But I didn’t stop there.

I have also spent over 200 hours providing remote coaching to various types of students, from student pilots looking to accelerate their training to retirees getting into flight simulation for the first time.

I have experience with various flight simulators, including Microsoft Flight Simulator on PC and Xbox, as well as X-Plane on PC and macOS.

Feel free to schedule a free 20-minute consultation with me, and we’ll have a chat about how I can help.

I look forward to working with you!

Testimonials

“Jesse is very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. He is very encouraging and very ‘calming’ in showing me things that are new to me.”

— Russ E.
Student Pilot
(12/02/2022)

“Fantastic communicator and instructor helped me do exactly what I needed to do to get started with my X-plane 12 and look forward to working with him towards my private pilot after completed 25 hours now. And then hopefully on to instrument.”

— Gus K.
Student Pilot
(10/28/2022)

“Very in-depth work with G1000. Jesse went step by step and any questions were welcomed.”

— John B.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast
(10/17/2022)

“I had an excellent first coaching session with Jesse today. He speaks very clearly, is articulate, and was able to answer all of my questions. I am looking forward to additional coaching sessions with Jesse.”

— Frank M.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast
(10/07/2022)

“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 Simulation Enthusiast
(06/27/2022)

“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 Simulation Enthusiast
(05/18/2022)

“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
(02/25/2022)

My Content

YouTube

Learn how to use the NRST airport button on the G1000 in Microsoft Flight Simulator to find the closest airports around you and set up a simple navigation path towards them.