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Dave Coffman and the Ride for the Day: The Phenom 100


Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Phenom Pilot blog!  Some have said that life is better to be looked at as a marathon rather than a sprint and so with that in mind I hope over the course of offering periodic posts on my experiences in aviation both present and some past to offer insight into my world as a professional aviator in a manner that allows me to always return to base with at least “bingo plus two”–simply put, I want to keep the posts fresh but I do fly for a living.

The Input

I hope to offer insights to my experiences in a thoughtful and interesting manner because the subject that I will write about is near and dear to me and I know has a similar appeal to you, my audience.  More than 30 years ago I began a career that has taken me all over the world in airplanes that I only dreamed about as a kid.  In addition to flying the highest performance aircraft in the world I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most interesting people in the world–aviators as well as non-aviators.  I plan to relay to you what I see in my travels that makes what we do so special:  the people, the machines and the scenery we see everyday.  Aviation is indeed a special calling and I hope to convey that unique bond through words, pictures and your comments as well.

Your Input

I welcome your feedback as readers of this blog–your comments and questions as well as input for future posts are welcome.  Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the next post, a story that all of us as aviators have faced at one time or another in their career–The Divert.  Stay tuned and thanks for reading.

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In the cockpit sDave Coffman has been flying for over 30 years and has over 5,000 hours of accident and incident free flying. He began his flying career by soloing at age 16 and obtaining his Private Pilot’s license at age 17. He continued his education by earning his Commercial pilot’s license and instructor certificates by the time he was 21 and then completing his Bachelor’s degree in Air Commerce, Flight Technology from Florida Institute of Technology and later a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University. “He served in the Air Force as an officer and aviator flying over 2300 hours in the F-16A/B and F-16C/D as an instructor and evaluator retiring as a Lt Colonel.””Today he is a highly sought after instructor and mentor pilot specializing in the Embraer Phenom executive jets.”

Contact him today for all your aviation needs;

David A. Coffman, ATP,CFII,MEI

Instructor, Contract Pilot

Embraer Phenom 100/300



Dave began his flying career at 16 and earned his Private Pilot’s license shortly after his 17th birthday. He graduated with Honors from Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Air Commerce Flight Technology and later completed his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University. After graduation he joined the Air Force through Officers Training School and later completed pilot training at Reese AFB, TX. He was selected to the fly the F-16 at Torrejon Air Base, Spain with the 614 Tactical Fighter Squadron “Lucky Devils”. Dave served 23 years in the active Air Force and Air Force Reserve retiring as a Lt Colonel. His assignments included operational F-16 units in Europe and the United States as well as an assignment as a T-37 Instructor Pilot at Columbus AFB, MS where he served as the Assistant Chief of the 14 Flying Training Wing’s Standardization and Evaluation Division. He commanded the 39th Flying Training Squadron, Moody AFB, GA, the Air Force Reserve’s first associate Joint Primary Aircraft Training System unit employing both the T-6 and the AT-38 jet trainer as well as a tour flying the lead solo #5 F-16 aircraft with the Air Force Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” where he flew over 150 air shows in all 50 states as well as in Europe and South America before millions of spectators including the President of the United States, Secretary of State and numerous heads of state. His awards and achievements include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Top Graduate of his Pilot Instructor Training class. Additionally, he was the awarded the Air Force “Pilot of Distinction Award” for his recovery of an F-16 during an air show after a catastrophic afterburner explosion. He is an ATP rated pilot as well as a CFII/MEI. He has over 5,000 hours of flight time and over 1,200 hours instructing in jets, with type ratings in the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 as well as the Citation Mustang (CE-510S). Please feel free to contact Dave at 904-631-0153, or via email dave@highercallingaviation.com

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