Nick Marcantonio.
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Hi, I am

Nick Marcantonio

Online Flight Instructor

Hi, my name is Nick and I’m happy to help you reach your goals. Whether you’re a real-world pilot or student, a sim-enthusiast, or even a DCS nugget, I look forward to working with you soon.
I’m currently an airline pilot and my availability will fluctuate, but I am mostly available on weekdays during the daytime.
FAA CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, ATP, SAFE Master CFI (through March 2025)
Private Pilot, Instrument, Airliners, Sim Enthusiasts, Tech Support
X-Plane, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS), Prepar3D, DCS World
CL-65 (CRJ)

Flight Sim Experience

X-Plane logo.


Microsoft Flight Simulator logo.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS/FS2020)

P3D logo.


DCS World

Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS for DCS, Honeycomb yoke and throttle for FS2020/X-Plane, Airbus sidestick

Certificates & Ratings


FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI): Airplane Single Engine • Instrument Airplane • Airplane Multi Engine • SAFE Master CFI (through March 2025)

FAA Certified Ground Instructor (AGI, IGI): Advanced Ground Instructor • Instrument Ground Instructor


FAA ATP: Airline Transport Pilot • Airplane Multi Engine Land • Instrument Airplane

FAA Commercial ASEL/AMEL: Commercial pilot • Airplane Single Engine Land • Airplane Multi Engine Land

Type Ratings

CL-65 (CRJ)

Real-World Aircraft

I have instructed in:

C-150, C-152, C-172, C-177, C-182, C-206, C-210, C-310, M20P, PA-28, PA-32, PA-34, PA-38

I have also piloted:

CRJ7, CRJ9, BE76, BE35, TEX2



I have been an FAA flight instructor since 2015 and have taught private, instrument, commercial, and multi-engine students. I also earned the Master CFI accreditation from SAFE in 2021 and in 2023. I have been flying flight simulators since 1995. I am easy-going, patient, and comfortable teaching basic to advanced topics on general aviation, airline, and military aircraft.

I served in the US Navy for 10 years as an aerospace engineer, and I have thousands of hours as a real-world flight instructor and pilot. I currently fly as a Captain on the CRJ-900 for the airlines, and I still fly general aviation planes as a CAP volunteer and instructor.

I am happy to help real-world flight students, sim enthusiasts, or those interested in Naval Aviation in DCS to learn and reach their goals. I have been using home flight simulation for my own training and to teach others since 2008. I am also proficient in helping with simulator setup and troubleshooting, including software and hardware, on a wide variety of platforms, and will be happy to help you set up and optimize your flight simulator.

I have helped clients setup a variety of hardware, including CH, Logitech, Saitek, Honeycomb, FlightSimBuilder, RealSimGear, Turtle Beach VelocityOne, etc., as well as software like AirManager, Garmin simulations (TDS, RealityXP, etc), Navigraph, and ForeFlight.

“Nick did everything I expected him to accomplish for me.
He was effective, and knowledgeable.”

— Emmanuel
Sim Pilot

“Nick Marcantonio AKA “THE WIZARD” Thank You!”

— David D.
Pilot/flight instructor

“He went over and beyond and taught me very valuable technique that made a massive difference from day 1. Went from a complete beginner to being able to hold my own, all in about an hour or so.”

— Ege
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“In a word, Fantastic! Nick was amazing as he is incredibly knowledgeable about all things simulator. I plan to continue asking for his guidance on the technical side as I build out my simulator. Great service.”

— Mike G.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Nick was very knowledgeable and the time we spent together on my first encounter with FSC was extremely helpful to me as a newbie to flight sim. He presented a clear path to helping me accomplish my goals as a flight sim enthusiast and I plan to book more time with him. He is a good educator and was very encouraging throughout our session.”

— Bob G.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“The session was very helpful. I had all of my questions answered and met my goals. I have notes from the session. He was very generous with his time.”

— Marc B.
Sim Pilot

“Really enjoyed it! Looking forward to the next lesson. Nick is great! Very patient. A cost effective and time efficient way to move closer to my goal of an instrument rating.”

— David N.
Instrument Rating Student

“Really pleased with the session I had with Nick!! He was informed, AND Informative as he helped me fine tune my system and set up new highly functional profiles. Looking forward to another session with him if new questions arise down the road.”

— John N.
Private Pilot

“Nick just saved my bacon. I had almost given up hope on ever being able to solve the apparent insurmountable problems I encountered, that is, that is, until I found ‘Flight Sim Coach’ and Nick Marcantonio….thank God! Nick’s computer skills are superb. I struggled for months to get the set up to work and couldn’t. My rating on Nick is 5 star….perhaps 10… Happy Christmas to all and thank you Mike for”

— Dr. Tom
Ph.D., Retired FAA ATC controller, supervisor, and manager

“High quality feedback on proper configuration and piloting skills while flying in the pattern. Nice tip on adding TrackIR to sim setup.”

— Rob K.
Student Pilot

“Nick knows X-Plane cold and instantly solved my configuration problems. He’s fast and kind, I look forward to IFR training with him.”

— Bill Moore
Instrument Rating Student

“I am very pleased with what Nick was able to do to get me ready to use MSFS for my instrument training. There was a lot to do to prep my sim and he was quick and very knowledgeable on how to accomplish everything. He went down the checklist I sent and made certain we covered it all. Looking forward to starting the training with him. Highly recommend him and the company. “

— Mike P.
Instrument Rating Student

“Nick was GREAT! He accomplished what Microsoft and the Geek Squad were unable to (Software Installed and working). He also configured system settings as well as yoke and quadrant… I will definitely be booking future sessions with you to continue learning the many skills required to make this a realistic, enjoyable, and rewarding hobby. Thanks again.”

— Larry K.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“First coaching session was fantastic!! Looking forward to many more with Nick. Excellent teacher and mentor. Incredibly patient. Superb with tech issues as well.”

— Andrew G.
Student Pilot

“Nick was very patient and nice to explain the things I wanted to learn. He knew exactly what to do with my questions. The tools to do the remote training work perfectly! Keep up the good work!”

— Raymond Gilbers
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Nick is awesome!! Very intelligent, extremely helpful and patient with a first time Sim Set Up. I look forward to my next lesson.”

— Philip
Student Pilot

“Nick is an awesome instructor and lessons have been structured exactly as wanted. His experience as a commercial pilot is invaluable. Nick has catered to my requests, some lessons being practical and others answering my theory questions. He has enabled me startup to shutdown fly a complete flight in MSFS2020 a 747 to any airport having no prior experience. Thank you!

— Adam F.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Setup worked well! Now I have to learn XPlane. Nick was great, with a lot of patience with the 3 aircraft we needed to set up. We will be working together again.”

— Jay C.
Sim Pilot

“I firmly believe I have saved myself over 100 hours of frustration. Very Informational. Excellent coach.”

— Jesse
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Nick was extremely knowledgeable in all areas of flight sim. He’s a true professional and took the time to install, reconfigure, teach, and explain flight sim controls, and software. He is knowledgeable in both DCS and MSFS. It was great to have him as my instructor, and he’s a Navy guy just like I’m and share the same enthusiasm for all things aviation. I’m looking forward to booking another session to continue to learn to fly. Thanks.”

— Ricardo W.
Sim Pilot

“Nick has a great disposition for teaching. He is easy going, well prepared with informative material, very professional and made me feel confident about my first flight with an instructor. Thank you!”

— Jon Jackson
Student Pilot

“Amazing instructor. Loved the session. Very clear and he was equipped with tools that facilitate teaching. Looking forward to our next lesson!”

— Camil Sader
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“The ATC course was fantastic. Having it led by someone who has experience working with ATC as well as someone that participated in ATC online activities as an amateur controller was really helpful. Nick was great in teaching the course by not only covering the material that was included in the displayed presentations, but relating some of his real world experiences. Thanks to Nick and the course material, I’m at least not paralyzed at the thought of talking to ATC any longer.”

— Dale Hesser
Student Pilot

“Excellent. Nick is very knowledgeable and competent. Look forward to working more with him.”

— Paul K.
Instrument Rating Student

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