Patrick Kotyuk.
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Hi, I am

Patrick Kotyuk

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!
Private Pilot, Instrument, Sim Enthusiasts, Tech Support
X-Plane, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS)

Flight Sim Experience

X-Plane logo.


Microsoft Flight Simulator logo.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS/FS2020)

Zibo 737x, FlyByWire A320Neo, ToLiss A319/A321
Honeycomb Alpha, Honeycomb Bravo, Thrustmaster TFRP Pedals, Thrustmaster A320 Joystick, Saitek X52. Built my own sim PC.
VATSIM, PilotEdge

Certificates & Ratings


FAA Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI): Certified Flight Instructor • Instrument • Airplane Single Engine Land • Airplane Multi Engine Land


FAA Commercial Pilot (ASEL, AMEL, IR): Airplane Single Engine Land • Airplane Multiengine Land • Instrument Rating

Real-World Aircraft

I have instructed in:

Cessna 172SP

I have also piloted:

Cessna 172 (NAV III G1000, “Steam” Gauges) • Cessna 152 • Piper Archer • Piper Seminole (G500)



About Me

I’ve been in love with aviation for as long as I can remember. One of my first memories in aviation was receiving Microsoft Flight Simulator 1995 as a gift in the early 2000s. My fascination for aviation was immediate and since then, flying and flight simulators have been a continuing part of my life both as a hobby and professionally.

I started flight training in 2017 in Austin, Texas, and earned my private pilot certificate in early 2018. I spent the next few years flying as a hobby with friends and family around Texas while saving money to attend full-time pilot training. In 2020 I began full time pilot training earning my Commercial Airplane Single Engine and Multiengine ratings, Instrument rating, as well as my Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor, and Multiengine Instructor ratings. I currently have given over 1000 hours of real-world flight instruction.

Throughout my training, I regularly used my home simulator as a tool to supplement real-world training, practicing new concepts and improving skills without the need to pay for additional flight time. After completing training, I moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to begin instructing full-time and continue to encourage my students to use home simulators as a tool to supplement their real-world flight training.

Flight Sim Coach is a natural fit to help share my passion for aviation and the value of home simulators in real-world flight training and as a rewarding hobby. I like to keep things light and positive in the cockpit and think humor and fun are an important part of making learning effective and enjoyable.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you toward your next aviation goal!


“Patrick did a great job this was my first session, I am looking forward to working with him.”

— Roger Martin
Private Pilot

“Patrick is a great coach, friendly and knowledgeable.
Definitely made me re-engage with MSFS.
My settings were all messed up, what he accomplished in an hour would have probably taken me weeks to figure out!”

— Bas
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Patrick is a terrific instructor and coach. He has a way of explaining complicated flight stuff in terms so simple even a Project Manager can understand them. He is cheerful, friendly, and pleasant to work with. I look forward to many more lessons from him.”

— Cris Cusack
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Patrick is just awesome to work with. He is so knowledgeable and patient with me. He has been invaluable in helping me to get my flight simulator set up and getting me the right studying material to help me pass my IFR written test with a 97% score. Without his help, it would have been a much greater struggle to make all of that happen and I can guarantee it wouldn’t have been a 97% score without him. Thanks, Patrick!”

— Greg Hughes
Instrument Rating Student

“Super fast setup of the flight sim. Very knowledgeable instructor. In the time remaining he installed other application that I did not knew about and gave one hour of instrument flight as introduction.”

— Andres Socarras
Private Pilot

“My grandson just finished his six hours of pre-solo training with Patrick. I was very impressed with the training that Patrick provided. The training was beyond my expectation and Patrick accommodated my grandson’s schedule including the session today that Patrick did while on vacation visiting his family in Texas. My grandson starts his private pilot training the second week in January and the curriculum you have will give him a jump start that should be helpful.”

— Ben C.
Pilot and former Air Traffic Controller

“Patrick is great! He was able to help me tune my VR/MSFS2020 so that it works very smoothly. After that, we started working on working on how to set up my in-sim IFR practice. I’m glad I found Flight Sim Coach!”

— Richard C.
Instrument Rating Student

“I learned that there are ways to correct the set up parameters to make the sim respond properly to the many inputs necessary to “fly” the aircraft. And Patrick was extremely experienced, both with the computer and real flying, and was patient and helpful by pointing out where to change the set up of the program.”

— John
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Patrick has been absolutely amazing. Extremely helpful. I was so frustrated with the sim and almost scrapped it. Level of frustration has diminished considerably. Thanks Patrick”

— Gib Goodrich
Instrument Rating Student

“Always a pleasure learning from Patrick. He really knows his stuff and makes it easy to understand!!”

— Scott C.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Loved it. My sim coach was very patient with me.

This saved me weeks of playing around to set up the sim for training mode, not playing mode.

Very experienced sim coach. Was able to guide me through correct settings of the hardware attached.

Now its getting a lot easier every time I log back in.

It really helps a lot to train on the maneuvers in between the actual flight classes. No time wasted in the air.”

— Tarek Elawa
Student Pilot

“Everything was perfect. From a last minute request I had that was accepted and with a smile on top of it. Patrick was very easy to understand and gave me answers to my needs on top of setting up a better graphic configuration for me. Can’t wait for the next session.”

— Robert
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Patrick was knowledgeable, friendly and super helpful.”

— Ann Marie Mehlum
Sim Pilot

“Patrick is knowledgeable and patient. He is willing to answer any question.”

— Brian
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Patrick was exceptionally patient with me given my hearing problems, being an older senior and lack of computer knowledge. He was extremely efficient and helped correct all my issues with msfs2020 and xplane12 quickly and helped me understand the reasonings behind my issues in the process. Very grateful for his expertise and help.”

— Frank
Instrument Rating Student

“On February of 2023 Patrick started flight sim coaching my son…Patrick has been very engaging since the first lesson and my son is very happy working with him. My son is a long way from formal flight school, but I know that he is learning very good flying habits and technical knowledge from Patrick that, I believe, will be very valuable in the future. We look forward to keep working with Patrick in the long term.”

— Salvador
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Patrick was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable! Very responsive in preparation for the meeting, following up after the session and made me very comfortable when I asked my novice questions. I would highly recommend him.”

— David G.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Since this was my first time trying the service, I did not really know what to expect. Patrick was a great coach, and made the time spent enjoyable and educational. It was like talking to a friend that was not only a pilot, instructor, and tech expert, but also an enthusiast that is excited about sims, planes, and flying. As a private pilot who is just now getting into simulators to enhance my own training, I found the time and effort to sign up for session to be an excellent investment, and I look forward to another session with Patrick soon. If anything, the experience was better than I could have reasonably expected!”

— Tim
Instrument Rating Student

“Phenomenal 1-hour Session with Patrick yesterday. That sesh saved me days of struggling to figure out the intricacies of configuring a sim. Patrick was super patient and professional throughout and really took the time to make sure I was set, including emailing me more info to help me continue my journey….I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your company and outstanding folks like Patrick who are part of it.”

— Nick De Toustain
Student Pilot

“Patrick went above and beyond to fix my MSFS 2020 problems, don’t waist days to read forums to figure out what is wrong with your simulator, just hire flight sim coach and you’ll be good to go in no time. Thank you guys!”

— Vasi G.
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“I couldn’t have asked for more from Patrick. He’s a great lad with tonnes of knowledge. He had my sim set-up configured and rolling within minutes and then took the time to explain and test and troubleshoot everything. A week later, at my next real-world PPL lesson, my instructor said the difference in my landings was night and day and he sent me for my second solo with full confidence. Thank you, Patrick. I’m sure we’ll work together again. It was a pleasure.”

— Michael Diggins
Student Pilot

“Patrick was phenomenal! He was extremely patient in working through all the configuration issues I’d been experiencing with my new flight sim setup. Now, I’m good to go!”

— Ray G.
Instrument Rating Student

“Patrick is awesome, he did everything I requested and more! Very pleased.”

— Michael Eversman
Student Pilot

“Patrick was very helpful and went out of his way to ensure that I was setup and ready to fly msfs and xplane 12 on my system. There were many extra pointers and additions he gave me that were valuable. It was a pleasure working with Patrick. Highly recommend him.”

— Jamil Tejpar
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Patrick Kotyuk has been great. I’m old and not so great with technology, but he is a wizard with the sim and with suggestions for flying. I hope to stay with him until I have a ppl.”

— Ed Stapleton
Student Pilot

“Exactly what I needed! I learned so much due to Patrick’s exceptional expertise about optimizing settings for X-Plane and MS FS2020. Patrick was very nice, knowledgeable and just a great guy. I’m upgrading my setup so will continue to take advantage of this service. Thanks Patrick and Flight Sim Coach! So grateful that Flight Sim Coach is available.”

— Anne C.
Sim Pilot

“The sessions are very valuable! Its nice to be able to pause what you are doing to discuss a topic, you can’t do that in the air! You can review a topic thoroughly and without rushing it. In a way this is money better spent than paying for rental fees and fuel in order to practice. Patrick is great!”

— Glenn Harakal
Student Pilot

“Instructor was awesome. Really enjoyed it.”

— Ed
Sim Pilot

“The flight sim coaching is awesome very informative and fun to learn and I am learning things that I thought I will never learn in flight sims”

— Chris
Flight Simulation Enthusiast

“Great flight sim coaching session with Patrick — Really appreciated having him be CFI in the virtual “right seat” of my home sim as I use X-Plane to supplement my PPL proficiency program. I picked up some good tips that I will apply both in the sim and in the air.”

— Bill A.
Private Pilot

My Content


Ride along as Certified Flight Instructor Patrick walks you through the procedures used to fly the CAT-03 rating on PilotEdge. This consists of flying three traffic patterns and all associated communications procedures. Today he will be flying the G1000 Cessna 172 using Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.