About your flying instructor:
This is my story about how the flight simulator helped me to become a pilot and with it I hope to inspire and assist others to follow their dreams and learn how to fly.
It all started with Microsoft Flight simulator 5.0. and I learned the basics of flying by trial and error. In the early 90’s, computer development was in a rapid acceleration and the next versions became more and more advanced. With every new version I studied the extensive manuals and practised procedures, manoeuvres, navigation, aerodynamics and aircraft technique.
For my sixteenth birthday, my parents gave me a 20 minute introduction lesson on a Cessna 172, this was my first time in a real aeroplane but I was comfortable and familiar in the cockpit from the start.
I also thank my first part-time job to that study, It was at the Aviodome museum Schiphol. There I learned more about the history of aviation and discovered my true affection for these old-timers. The next year I attended a PPL-course and flew my first solo on the Tecnam P92E before I could drive a car.
In 2008 I flew as a safety co-pilot on on a corporate jet for a while and in the weekends I made as many hours as I could, flying with skydivers on Cessna’s 182 and 206.
In 2009 I had enough hours to become a flying instructor and did the 5 months course at Wings over Holland. I chose this school for their high quality standards and good reputation. The instructors: a former F-16 display pilot of the Royal Netherlands air force, a chief pilot on Boeing 767 and two aerobatic champions.
Before even finishing, I received a job offer from the Dutch Flight Academy for a full time job. Besides flying as an instructor, I gave ATPL class room training and a radio telephony course.
In 2012 I moved to England to fly the DA42 and the BN-2A Islander, in a broad mix of operations, including Passenger and delicate cargo transport, Flight inspection and calibration of ILS/VOR/DME/PAPI installations, Oil spill response including low level dispersant spraying, and joint-military sensor based OPS on DA42-MPP
In three years time I have accumulated over 2000 hours as captain, flown to more than 120 different destinations in Europe, Africa, the middle east and Asia, including two active war zones.
After a few years of excitement, I have now found a job for a British airline and fly the daily commuters on a scheduled network.
Using the flight simulator as training tool has helped me to pass every exam, prof-check, OPC or flight-check to date.
By teaching and sharing experiences on line, I hope to maintain and improve my own proficiency and that of others at the same time.
Every day is a school day…