NLFT Crew

Everyone at NLFT has thousands of hours and years of experience in the world of aviation. You can be confident that you are getting the best instruction and personalized attention possible. If we don't know it, we won't offer it and may refer you to more qualified people. But in most situations from vintage tailwheel airplanes to executive twins, you can depend on us for high quality training.

Dennis and his Stearman

Dennis Simo

Credentials

CPL, MIFR, Float, Tailwheel, Instructor

Experience

Almost 10,000 hours in 65 types from J3 Cubs to Cessna 421 twins.

Bio

I've been involved in aviation for almost 40 years including building, fixing, flying and teaching. Working in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and then engineering at a major aerospace company taught me about everything under the skin of an airplane. Then being an instructor for more than 25 years taught me about you. Teaching is a passion of mine, and still excites me after more than 8000 hours of doing it. I love the challenge and the diversity...and seeing people master the machine they own. Tell me what makes you worried or what makes you wonder and I'll make it my mission to help you see it through. 

Joe Deluce

Credentials

ATPL, Float, ACP

Experience

Over 39,000 hours from DHC Beavers, Otters and Twin Otters to Boeing 757

Bio

I've accumulated 5000 hours operating floatplanes in the North as well as commanding light twins in all weather all over the world. From regional jets to basic bushplanes, I've been flying for over 40 years and still love to be in the sky. I'm currently working in the training department of a major Canadian air carrier.

My extensive experience in remote areas and large commercial operations can prepare anyone from cottagers to corporate pilots for what they may encounter in the real world.

Justin Tiplady

Credentials

ATPL

Experience

From the CT-114 Tutor to the ultimate business jet, the Global Express, Justin has dealt in speed, precision and performance.

Bio

I've accumulated over 7000 hours during my career which includes the Royal Canadian Airforce, Production and Engineering Test Flight at Bombardier Aerospace and various senior roles in flight operations at Porter Airlines including Captain of the Dash 8-400. I'm currently VP, Technical Operations- responsible for maintenance and engineering at Porter Airlines.

When not working, I love to fly my Piper SuperCub around the neighborhood or sail Lake Ontario with my friends. My experience is available to share about test flight, systems and automation, and to help aspiring pilots prepare for the world of commercial aviation.