Sometimes, having someone to guide us through the path is what we need, and Flight Sim Coach was founded to do exactly that.

Flight Sim Coach is a commercial service (meaning it’s paid) which has mentors or coaches available to help you with a lot of different aspects of simulation – from the fundamentals to more advanced stuff.

Dave Walley - Flight Sim Coach

The company has been slowly expanding and they recently added helicopters to their portfolio, by means of Dave Walley, a very experienced real-world pilot who has also been using sims for quite some time.

If you are looking for such help, take a look at what Flight Sim Coach has to offer. Meanwhile, here’s their full press-release.

Flight Sim Coach LLC is proud to announce the addition of a helicopter flight instructor to their team of remote flight simulator coaches.

Flight Sim Coach connects both real-world pilots and flight simulator enthusiasts to experienced certified flight instructors who specialize in providing paid remote coaching services.

Dave Walley from New Zealand was selected to offer helicopter coaching through Flight Sim Coach. He has over 10,000 hours of flight experience in everything from helicopters to 737s to blimps, and a passion for using flight simulation to enhance safety.

While Flight Sim Coach specializes in providing coaching that is custom-tailored to each client’s needs, they are offering a predefined transition syllabus for pilots coming from fixed-wing aircraft.

“Dave makes an outstanding addition to our instructor team,” says Mike Catalfamo, founder of Flight Sim Coach. “His passion for helicopters is unmistakable, and I’m excited to bring his expertise to pilots around the world so they can see how exciting and rewarding the world of helicopters can be.”

Dave says, “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. 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.”

While remote coaching is no substitute for in-aircraft instruction and does not count as logable hours, real-world helicopter student pilots can benefit from practicing numerous skills in the comfort of their own homes with expert guidance. Aside from the potential cost savings, this allows expensive in-aircraft time to be used in ways that more effectively translate to improved safety and training quality.

For flight simulation enthusiasts, the service is a highly effective way to accelerate their learning process, compared to watching tutorials and reading online forums. It also provides the ultimate realistic learning experience to those who have always dreamed of taking helicopter flying lessons.

The service is accessible to simmers with even the most basic hardware. The remote coaching typically takes place using basic VoIP/screen sharing software, allowing the CFI to see everything needed to provide coaching to the client, with no specialized software or hardware required.

About Flight Sim Coach

Flight Sim Coach was founded in 2021 by Mike Catalfamo to bring high-quality one-on-one flight instruction into the home simulation experience. The current team of remote coaches consists of seven certified flight instructors from across the globe, each with extensive flight simulation expertise.

About Mike Catalfamo

Mike is a certified flight instructor and airline transport pilot (CFI/CFII/ATP) who founded Formerly an aerospace engineer and airline pilot, he started offering one-on-one remote coaching services in 2018, allowing him to express his passion for instructing and improving aviation safety through an innovative online method. After the demand for remote learning increased in 2020, he began to partner with additional flight instructors in 2021 to bring the benefits of remote simulator coaching to new flight sim users around the world.

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Mike Catalfamo, Founder, Flight Sim Coach, LLC