Who am I? I am a career flight instructor with over 3 1/2 decades and 13,000 hours of experience. I am based in Salmon Arm, British Columbia and Whitehorse, Yukon. All of my experience is single engine VFR. I have provided flight training on over 50 types of aircraft. I am semi-retired and am currently working in a freelance capacity.
Being a freelance instructor means that I do not own or operate aircraft for flight training or testing, but I am available to provide training on your aircraft.
Here’s a short list of the types of training I can provide: recreational pilot permit, private and commercial pilot licenses, instructor ratings, aerobatics and aerobatic instructor ratings, type checks, tailwheel checkouts, recency training, reactivating an inactive license, insurance checkouts, rust removers, seminars etc.
I am also a Transport Canada Pilot Examiner. I can do flight tests for recreational pilot permit, private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence and instructor rating (class 2, 3 and 4) in the Prairie and Northern Region and Pacific Region.
I recently added a page called Real World Flying Lessons. These are my thoughts and recommendations, based on plenty of experience, that I hope can improve some problematic maneuvers on flight tests and keep you out of trouble in your general flying. This section is NOT intended to replace the POH, FTM or FTG, but rather to address common issues I see in flight tests and flying in general. It is intended for students, instructors and licensed pilots. I’ll be adding new maneuvers from time to time.
You will see various images of a Boeing Stearman on these pages. This is because I have had a summer position with Great River Air in Dawson City, Yukon, flying tours and rides in the lovely old biplane from June 1 to Labour Day from the Dawson City airport. I expect that 2022 was my last summer with Great River Air, but stay tuned for further info.
One positive thing during the last few covid years is that flight schools are all quite busy. It’s a bit of a head scratcher as to why this is so, but I’ll take it. Please book your flight test well in advance. My dance card is almost full.
Speaking of covid, it’s still out there. I know because I have it now (Nov 2022), thanks to a student in groundschool. Thus, I expect that masks will be worn during all flight tests and all freelance instructional flights for the foreseeable future. Please don’t forget to bring one.
The following contact form occasionally stops working without my knowledge. If you don’t get a reply PDQ, then please email me directly, at: kelly collins aviation at gmail dot com (No spaces)