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Jesse Ekkerd.

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Jesse Ekkerd

Online Flight Instructor

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Please note that I am not currently accepting new coaching clients.
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 logo.


Microsoft Flight Simulator logo.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS/FS2020)

P3D logo.


Certificates & Ratings


SACAA Instructor Grade 2: Certified Flight Instructor


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)


English, Afrikaans, German

About Me

I’m a commercial pilot and flight instructor with over 1,000 hours of real-life flight instruction and over 350 hours of remote flight simulator coaching provided.

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 350 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.

I look forward to working with you!


“I feel like I hit the Jackpot! My experience with Jesse has been incredible! Jesse is an absolutely amazing teacher. Jesse has made what could feel like an overwhelming experience of navigating the complex, settings, options, and controls in the simulator into an intuitive and engaging experience. I really cannot say enough good things about Jesse and what an awesome instructor he is.”

— David A.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“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

“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

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

— John B.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“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

“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

“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

“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

My Content


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.