"I've flown with a lot of instructors, and Matt is one of the best. His relaxed and friendly attitude belies his significant expertise. He has that winning combination of deep book knowledge and lots of real world experience. I know I'm a safer pilot because I trained with him."

- John Zimmerman
Vice President
Sporty’s Pilot Shop

"Why trust an inexperienced CFI that is just building time when you can get personal instruction from master CFI and DPE Matt Johnson? He adjusts his instruction to meet each student at their level. As a fixed wing CFI-I going for my rotary CFI-I he didn't waste my money going through the standard paces of a one-size-fits-all lesson plan. Train to standard not time; fly with Matt."

- Joel Langford, CFI-I

"As a Flight Instructor and was trying to obtain my instrument rating as well as my Flight Instructor Instrument rating. Matt was my instructor, and taught me a “No-Nonsense” and practical approach to instrument flying. I obtained both within a couple months of each other! Thank you for your time and teaching me the skills needed to get them both"

                                                                                                                                                   - Kevin King, CFI-I

"I had heard a lot about Matt from several individuals that I fly with for a company in Cincinnati, Ohio. All had said that he was one of best and that if I was considering adding a CFI Rotorcraft to my Licenses, I should consider flying with him.

Most of my flying experience in rotorcraft was during the training I received for my private and commercial add-on ratings in the Los Angeles California area. Having flown with several other operators in Cincinnati and Phoenix, I was convinced that my instructors out west were the best. I was skeptical to say the least, and found it hard to believe that I could learn very much from this guy.  

My first flight with Matt was very humbling. His exact words to me were, “we will fly like we train and train like we fly”. I will not go into a lot of details about the flight except to say that I was thoroughly impressed. After that flight I learned a new respect and comfort level with Matt and the helicopter we were flying. All the myths and horror stories that had been implanted in me through my previous training had been dispelled.  I knew from that point on that this was the guy I wanted to fly and train with.

I was taken from the belief that I was going to need a large spot of land to get this thing down safely in the event of an engine failure, to “which spot do you want it on”. I did two full down autorotations on my CFI check ride to the same spot and damn near the same touchdown point on both. I was amazed at the maneuverability of the helicopter in an autorotative state.  I have never met or flown with someone so comfortable and humble with a helicopter in my life. We are taught a lot of conservative skills that leave a lot out of what the helicopter is capable of. The things we are taught to fear and avoid are the things that Matt teaches we can and probably will experience in our flying careers and “here is how you recover from them”.   Needless to say I passed my check ride with no problem.

The time spent with Matt has changed me, my belief and the respect I have in the equipment we fly. I have already informed him I will be back to further my training and broaden my flying skills. I cannot more highly recommend this guy to anyone considering any kind of training in Helicopters. Even if it is just to brush up on some basic skills."


- Lawrence E. Davis

Commercial Instrument, ATP  Airplane CFI CFII
MEI, Learjet, Falcon 20, Gulfstream Type ratings
L-39 and TS-11 Experimental Type ratings
Commercial and CFI Rotorcraft

I just wanted to thank you for the check ride today. I was pretty nervous and wasn't quite sure how everything would go. I appreciate you making the test very smooth and relaxed. It's because of people like you that make pursuing a career in helicopter aviation even better.

- Andrew Adrion 

Matt recently administered my June 2015 CFI rotorcraft-helicopter flight exam (R44) and subsequent SFAR 73 endorsement for the R22 - Never having worked with Matt in the past, he was an unknown variable for me. However, as I researched his credentials, and read the many articles he has authored, I was certain that an experience with him as my DPE would be value-added. During initial contact via e-mail and telephone, Matt quickly placed me at ease. Although I could immediately tell that he was going to hold me accountable for an inclusive body of aeronautical knowledge and skill, I could also tell that he was going to be patient and fair. His relaxed style and demeanor never suggested at any time a lack of seriousness or professional intent. During both the CFI flight-exam and subsequent SFAR 73 endorsement, Matt made me feel as though his work with me was the most important single item in his career. What also impressed me, after having achieved success with the flight-exam and endorsement, was his offer to keep in touch and to be of assistance, at any time, with my future rotorcraft-helicopter endeavors. I highly recommend Matt as a DPE for anyone considering a flight-exam.

                                                                                                                                                                                        - Dave Hoppmann
CFI, Rotorcraft-Helicopter

I wanted to send you a message and tell you thank you for administering my exam on Sunday. I was truly humbled by your kinds words and your support of my veteran status. It was an absolute surprise to me on what I thought would be a very stressful day. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your time and knowledge with me. I travel extensively for my business and I get to meet people from all over the country. Most of them are great people, but they are not folks that I would want to model myself after from a role model prospective. Meeting you was a welcomed change. Your knowledge, character, humility and skill set to me are extraordinary. I hope to emulate your traits as I move forward in this industry. Thank you again for renewing my faith in humanity, and for providing me a fantastic experience overall. I hope that we can stay in touch.


- Anthony Green
Green Manufacturing Solutions

I wanted to send you a quick message to say thank you for the calming demeanor that you displayed during my check ride on Friday. Heading up to see you, I felt that I had a pretty good handle on things, however the nerves and jitters can affect how we respond and recall information. You have the ability to either calm your victims or stress them out. Your approach was very calming and reassuring. It was interesting to see the different hat come on once in the helicopter. It sent the message that “ok it is now time to show that you can handle the helicopter”. I enjoyed hearing the tips that you shared with me at the end of the flight. Your abilities shined through the entire time.

I will make sure and send everyone to you that I know.


                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Ron Kramer
                                                                                                                                                                                                Prudential HVAC