Pilot Bios



Fred Simonds

Hi, my name is Fred Simonds. I am the principal instructor at Fred On Flying. I’d like to share my qualifications with you, and show how I can help you.

I’m an experienced pilot and instructor. Since 1978 I’ve flown about 3,000 hours, of which about 1800 hours is instrument instruction given. I’ve taught over 1,000 instrument hours in the last year. I am very current.

To date, I have a 94% first-time pass rate for instrument rating applicants. This earned me a coveted FAA Gold Seal on my instructor license. Examiners like my applicants. They know my students are well-trained and likely to pass, and you can be one of them.

The key is to be thorough and to insist on proper performance. If you are looking to do the least work necessary to earn an instrument rating, then I am not the instructor for you. I expect you to give it 100% and you can expect that from me. We accomplish your ticket as a team.

I am a full time instructor. I don’t do charters, don’t have airline ambitions, don’t do anything except teach. If you start with me, you finish with me. My schedule revolves around you.

Instrument instruction is most of what I do. I eat, sleep and breathe IFR, especially GPS for IFR and the Garmin G1000. I am one of only nine factory-trained and certified G1000 instructors in Florida.

Occasionally I accept private pilot students, especially finish-ups.

I am an FAA Part 141-approved instructor and Assistant Chief Flight Instructor with our affiliated school here in Florida.

I have extensive teaching background. For ten years I taught hands-on computer networking to Fortune 500 companies including AT&T and IBM. I wrote many courses and two McGraw-Hill books. I was a faculty member with Pace University’s Graduate School of Computer Science in New York for five years.

That’s what you want: not just an instructor, but a real teacher who can figure out quickly how you learn best and then teach you that way.

At Fred on Flying, you will learn using the latest training techniques, particularly scenario-based training. SBT is built around the simple idea that “you fly the way you train, and train the way you fly”.

Put another way, it’s much easier for you to learn if you understand why you are learning it, and where it is used in instrument flight.

Instrument flying is serious business, but people learn and fly best if it’s not taken too seriously. My big payoff is when you earn your license. For me, knowing there is one more safe, competent instrument pilot out there makes it all worthwhile.

Here are the principal differences between myself and other training sources:

  • You will receive sound value for every training dollar you spend. I know how to train people efficiently, and I know how to squeeze full training value from each flight.
  • Barring the unforeseen, if you start with me, you will finish with me.
  • The curriculum we use will be modern, well-organized, and correct in all details.
  • We fully brief and debrief every flight. You will always know exactly what we will do on the next flight and where we are in the curriculum.

For Fred Simonds' complete resume, click here.


Larry Bell

Larry Bell - Flight Instructor

Larry Bell began flying in 1982. Since then he has amassed over 2500 hours of which 1700 have been instruction given.

Larry’s specialty is training new private pilots. He does it well: 90% of his students pass their check rides on their first try.

One reason is that he is very current, having instructed nearly 500 hours in the last year. Another is that he is a full-time instructor. He loves to teach and, in his words, “will never quit as long as I can qualify for an FAA medical.”

But the bigger reasons have to do with his philosophy toward training:

  • Safety above all
  • Students should not just be trained to pass a test, a bare minimum skill level. Rather, students should be trained to a level of proficiency typical of higher-time pilots.
  • That students should earnestly dedicate themselves and enjoy their training.
  • That your primary instruction is all-important because building sound skills and safe practices now becomes the foundation of your flying career.

Larry learned to fly in Long Island, New York. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot in single- and multi-engine aircraft. Additionally, he holds flight instructor and instrument flight instructor certificates. He has flown many types of high performance and complex aircraft, and has given some 330 hours of tailwheel aircraft instruction.

His first career was as a Nassau County, N.Y. police officer. A good portion of his law enforcement activity included teaching in local elementary and high schools while assigned to the Community Relations Bureau.

After retirement, he became a full time flight instructor at Republic airport in Farmingdale, N.Y., then in Cape Cod, MA and eventually in Florida. For a number of years he was a "behind the wheel" driving instructor in the Palm Beach County high school system. In his words: “As you can see my teaching experience is fairly diverse. I feel it has helped me in my ability to help others to learn.”


John Corcoran

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