About Jim

About Jim

Jim Pitman started flying in 1992 and he has been a flight instructor since 1997. Jim loves flying and teaching. Benefits of training with Jim include his experience, customized training, and flexibility.


  • ATP / MEI / CFII / Advanced Ground Instructor / Gold Seal
  • Founding member of the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup (AFTW)
  • Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for the FAA
  • Pilot for SkyWest Airlines since May 2016 (type rated on the CRJ 200/700/900)
  • 2006 Arizona Flight Instructor of the Year
  • 2005 Arizona Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year
  • Chief Flight Instructor at Westwind School of Aeronautics for 7 years
  • Cessna Pilot Center Regional Manager for 2.5 years (flew G1000 Cessna's throughout the western U.S. and Canada, including extensive IFR experience along the California-coast)
  • Creator of the Arizona Mountain Flying Safety Course
  • 6000+ hours total flight time
  • 3950+ hours dual instruction given

Customized Training

  • Jim will use his wealth of experience to customize a structured training course outline to fit your individual needs.


  • Even though Jim is an active airline pilot and DPE, he designs his schedule to only fly for SkyWest a few days each month, providing scheduling flexibility for you
  • Ground training is provided in person or online via live web conference
  • Flight training is available in your own airplane or any acceptable airplane that you have access to
  • Payments accepted by cash, check, debit card, or credit card. Click HERE for detailed pricing information.