About Us

Owner/Aviation Side: Nate

The creator of The Backseat Pilot, Nate is a CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, an airline pilot, and a C-17 instructor pilot in the Air Force Reserve. Nate has upwards of 6,000 hours of flight time in Cessna, Diamond, Piper, Pitts, Embraer, Boeing, and Air Force (T-6, T-1, and C-17) aircraft. Having been trained on the civilian side, by the airlines, and by the Air Force, Nate has a wealth of aviation knowledge to apply to The Backseat Pilot.

Business Side: Johnny

A finance manager and the owner of a private consulting firm for software start-ups, Johnny provides the business acumen to keep The Backseat Pilot running smoothly.



The Backseat Pilot reference card was born from a lost comms situation at the Long Beach airport. The tower's radios went out on downwind for 25L, and after lining up on final we were given the steady green light clearing us to land. I later realized that had they given us a different light gun signal I may not have been 100% sure of what to do. There's a lot of information pilot's need to know that is rarely used, except in unusual or emergency situations. To prevent putting myself in another situation like this, I immediately began carrying a reference for the light gun signals, and the reference card slowly grew from there to what it is today: a compilation of the most critical, difficult to retain, and useful information for a pilot to have on hand at any time.

I vividly remember the tremendous amount of time I spent working on my CFI, CFII, and MEI lessons. A backbone of lesson plans that I could build off of would have been extremely helpful and saved me weeks, if not months, of time preparing for the checkride and becoming an employed pilot. I hope these lessons can be a backbone for instructors to tailor to their own teaching styles and needs.


Why We're Here:

We love aviation, that's why we developed a website by pilots for pilots.

We strive to provide the most comprehensive and useful products for flight instructors and pilots alike. We're always look for way to update our lesson plans to make them more useful and informative and will continue adding resources to the website. We're here to help you. If you have any questions, suggestions, recommendations or just want to talk about flying please don't hesitate to send an email. We like to think of this website as the second step (the first step was the previous website) to reach our end goal: Aviation is a family and in time we hope to continue by building a brotherhood of flight on the internet.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you can reach us at info@thebackseatpilot.com.


Disclaimer: The Backseat Pilot is not affiliated with the Department of Defense (DoD), and any information contained here may not necessarily reflect the views of the DoD or any associated organizations.