Dave Coffman assisted us after the purchase and during the entry in to service of our Phenom 300, flying as both a PIC and mentor pilot during our transition. Dave was a great help and a pleasure to have around for both our flight department and passengers. He offers a wealth of knowledge on the Phenom operationally and provides excellent customer service and a great value. I highly recommend Dave and Higher Calling Aviation.
Randy Robertson Chief Pilot, Morris Multimedia, Savannah, GA
It is my pleasure to recommend Dave Coffman and Higher Calling Aviation. Dave was the right person at the right time to assist our flight department during our transition from the King Air 350 to the Phenom 300. His knowledge of the Phenom and his ability to effectively and efficiently pass on his operational experience gave our flight department the confidence to safely and professionally fly customers within a week of completing our training with Dave. While our training with Dave ended awhile ago, he has made himself available as a resource when we've had questions on the airplane. Dave Coffman was the right choice for my flight department and I highly recommend his services.
Rick Boyer Manager of Aviation, Columbia, SC
I offer my highest recommendation for the pilot and mentor services offered by Dave Coffman and Higher Calling Aviation. Dave came highly recommended to me by the firm that managed the Phenom 300 for the previous owner and he was the perfect fit in personality and ability. Dave's experience in the Phenom, his knowledge of the airplane and ability to pass on that knowledge to our flight department in an efficient, professional manner was a great value and instrumental in bringing us up to speed in order to use the airplane to its fullest potential as soon as possible.
It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend Dave to any and all who would inquire. Whether an owner operator, or an established flight department of a Fortune 500 company, he will tailor safe and efficient standard operating procedures to suit your needs.
Chief Pilot, Tractor and Equipment Company, Birmingham, AL
"I offer my highest recommendation for Dave Coffman's pilot services. Dave provided my initial type training in the Phenom 100 and flew several missions as mentor pilot. In a word, Dave is "outstanding"; he's patient and reduces cockpit stress. Moving up from a Baron to a light jet was a bit intimidating at first, but Dave's years of providing jet instruction and his professionalism as an instructor and mentor were the right fit, allowing me to complete my training at a comfortable pace that fit perfectly with my busy work schedule".
Philip Ufkes Sullivans Island, SC
"David is truly in the top fraction of 1% of pilots and people. To achieve and earn the ability to fly USAF fighter jets puts a pilot in the top fraction of 1% of all pilots but to even top that by earning the privilege to fly as the Lead Solo for the USAF Thunderbirds puts David in the top fraction of USAF fighter pilots--the best in the world. As my primary instructor and mentor and now as a contract First Officer in my Phenom 100, David understands and practices excellent customer service and always looks out for my needs ahead of his own and provides excellent instruction and service. I trust him explicitly with my aircraft and my family. He often flies my aircraft single-pilot, either to position it to pick up my family and I or to the Embraer facility for maintenance. Dave is a career aviator with a distinguished record of achievement that is truly exceptional. Dave has taken the best practices from his 2,300 hours of Air Force single-pilot F-16 experience as both an instructor and evaluator (check airman) and transferred those techniques to his instruction in the Phenom and Mustang. I strongly recommend David to anyone seeking an instructor, contract pilot and or mentor pilot to assist them as they seek their single-pilot rating in the Phenom or any jet."
W.G. Las Vegas, NV
"Dave and I picked up my new Phenom 100 in June of 2010. I have enjoyed 500 fun and educational hours of flying with Dave. He came highly recommended to me as a great mentor pilot and hard worker. My expectations have been completely fulfilled. Flying myself, my wife and two small kids he has professionally and safely captained the Phenom to our destination on time on every flight.
Finally, I now count Dave as a good friend as has the highest morals and ethics..... good traits if your sharing the cockpit for hours at altitude. I have never flown with a finer pilot."
L.R. Charleston, SC
"My thanks to Dave for his assistance in the delivery of our Phenom 300 from the factory in Brazil. Dave's acceptance and delivery experience was invaluable to me. His insight in to the delivery process as well as his operational knowledge of the Phenom saved me many hours I would have spent tracking down items that were not addressed nor delivered by Embraer prior to leaving Brazil without Dave's direction. I highly recommend Dave's services."
J.B. Chicago, IL
"My thanks to Dave for his outstanding service! Dave assisted us in the delivery of our new Embraer Phenom from the factory in Brazil. Dave is a great instructor; knowledgeable, methodical and safety-oriented. I highly recommend Dave's services."
F.C. South Africa
"Many thanks to Dave who took on a larger task than either of us had imagined, of getting me to my first Type rating. Fifteen years of flying an old Turbo Commander proved not to be as helpful as I thought it would be. Old habits and unfamiliarity with the glass cockpit made this a tough transition. But Dave is the ultimate professional who never lost his cool or his professionalism, and provided me with outstanding Jet basics that will never leave me. Because of Dave I am a decent (though still green) Phenom pilot and a better pilot in general than ever before. Thank you, Dave. I look forward to flying with you as frequently as possible in the future so I can keep learning from you".
B.S. Neenah, WI
"Thank you Dave, for your excellent service in preparing me for my Phenom 100 Type Rating. You have an outstanding approach and teaching technique. You adapted extremely well to my circumstance and gave me exactly what I needed to complete my Type Ride successfully and, more importantly, gave me a concrete foundation for operating this aircraft safely and efficiently. I highly recommend you and your services."
D.D Ogden, UT