"I attended sessions with Dave at Southern Cross Simulator Services because I wanted some additional coaching with my IFR flying. I had heard of Dave’s great reputation as an instructor from other pilots and was not disappointed. Dave’s coaching style is honest and exceptionally effective. Almost everything he says can be backed up with a real life event from his career which I believe makes things not only more interesting and enjoyable, but easier to remember. Dave has a passion for aviation and is a natural educator. It is a rarity to find someone with his expertise who is also so willing to impart knowledge onto others. I look at Dave not only as an instructor, but also as a mentor who has helped me during my early years as a pilot."

Justin Cole



"As a student undergoing instrument flight training, I found Captain Holbourn’s wealth of knowledge and experience gained from over fifty years of military and civilian airline flying invaluable. He is an enthusiastic instructor, highly approachable and was adaptable to my needs and learning style. Captain Holbourn’s lessons have been an asset to my experiences as a pilot and he comes with my highest recommendation."

Alex Mihal