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David Ingalsbe

Pilot, Instructor & NLA Founder

Brief info

My career in aviation began in 1993. I hold the following pilot certificates and ratings: commercial pilot, airplane single and multi-engine land; instrument airplane; CFI, CFII, MEI (Gold Seal) AGI. My job experience includes working as an A&P Mechanic, Corporate Pilot, and Part 141 Chief Flight Instructor.

I have over 7,500 flight hours, which includes 2,800 hours as a flight instructor.

Our courses and programs


Private Pilot Certificate

60 Hour Average
Ground and flight training to meet the requirements to obtain your private pilots certificate.

Tailwheel Endorsements

7-10 Hours of Flying
Tailwheel training in a Cessna 170B.

Flight Review

1 Ground Hour / 1 Flight Hour
Meet or exceed FAR 61.56 requirements.
$200Starting at

Instrument Rating

40 Hours of Training
Ground and flight training with 40+ hours of hood time.

Commercial Pilot Certificate

250 hours (total time) prior to acquiring certificate
Develop proficiency in Commercial maneuver.

Flight Instructor Rating

Initial CFI and CFII
Right seat proficiency and prep for the oral exam.

Hear what our past students have to say

David put me in a tailwheel for a few lessons pre-solo and it really helped me get the feel for the round-out and flare – so much so that the next time I got in a C-172 I was finally able to solo! David is very patient and I always feel safe and well-prepared when flying with him.

Tailwheel Training – Sarah P.

Atlanta, GA

I worked with David to get my instrument rating.  I could not have asked for someone more knowledgeable and insightful.  He has a deep understanding of what is required not only to obtain the rating, but more importantly to fly safely and with confidence.  His calm demeanor and steady personality are all too-lacking in today’s day and age.

Instrument Rating – Joe W.

Atlanta, GA

After 30 years as a pilot, I decided to get my tailwheel endorsement with Next Level Aviation. David is one of the best instructors I’ve had the privilege of flying with. His attention to detail and precision is second to none. He’s a wealth of knowledge teaching little tricks that you won’t learn anywhere else. For example, turning the base you should announce “Gear down” as a reminder to yourself and to anyone on the ground who might hear the radio call and say, “Hey your gear isn’t down.” This is good practice no matter whether you’re in a retractable gear aircraft or not. I could give a hundred other examples like this. The end result is I was able to complete my tailwheel endorsement in record time and I finally feel confident in the aircraft. I look forward to my next lessons with David. Thanks for making this possible.

Tailwheel Endorsement – Shane L.

Atlanta, GA