CFI Chris Koelzer
Victory Aviation’s primary S-211 instructor is Chris Koelzer, a former F/A-18 instructor in the Marine Corps. In addition to 2800 hours in F/A-18s, he has FAA Airline Transport Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor ratings, and is qualified in single/multi-engine piston aircraft, single-engine seaplanes, taildraggers, and sailplanes. He also flies the company’s North American T-6/SNJ for the “T-6 Victory” business training course, helping teams create uncommon value by first building uncommon trust.
The FAA recently approved Victory Aviation Company LLC to conduct flight training in their two Italian-made Marchetti S-211 jet aircraft. FAA regulations tightly restrict the commercial use of former military aircraft such as the S-211 in civilian operations, and this approval is the result of an extensive FAA review that granted Victory Aviation Company LLC a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) for S-211 flight training, to include initial check-out and formation flying.
Victory Aviation’s training focuses on safety and skills that offer uncommon value to any pilot, in any aircraft—part-time or professional. In the Marchetti S-211, pilots will improve their stick-and-rudder skills, decision making, risk management, and more—while controlling a high-performance military jet! All without the expense and challenges of sole ownership.
This program is founded upon tactical jet instructor experience, blending proven military training programs with General Aviation and FAA operational best practices. Training includes: aircraft systems, cockpit familiarization, normal procedures, emergencies, operating limitations, FAA considerations, aerobatics, unusual attitude recoveries, instrument procedures, and risk management. Optionally, you can complete a check-ride with the FAA Examiner, to receive an S-211 Experimental Aircraft Authorization on your pilot’s license. After initial training, you can progress to the formation syllabus, and even military-style mission scenarios.
Victory Aviation’s two aircraft are single-engine jet trainers manufactured in Italy in the mid-1980’s, and formerly in service with the Royal Singapore Air Force. The S-211 uses a proven Pratt & Whitney JT-15D engine (also in Cessna Citations), and mostly American avionics. One Victory Aviation aircraft has original military avionics, and one has been modified with the Garmin G3X and GTN750. You can fly both!
TO SCHEDULE A FLIGHT OR FOR MORE INFORMATION-- CONTACT CHRIS KOELZER
817.676.4403 or email FLY@S-211TRAINING.COM
Come fly with us
in Denton, Texas,
(near DFW International)
or check with us
about our upcoming travel schedule!
The S-211 is a turbofan-powered military trainer aircraft designed and originally
marketed by SIAI-Marchetti.
More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIAI-Marchetti_S.211
Victory Aviation offers jet training familiarization flights, unusual attitude recoveries,
full S-211 rating (and Examiner check ride), and a formation syllabus.
We are based in Texas, but will be flying out of selected cities in the future. We can customize the flying to any pilot’s personal goals…jet familiarization/unusual attitudes, initial checkout sorties, even a full checkout and FAA S-211 rating. Jet formation
For operations from our Texas base, normal rates will start at $2500/hr, with significant discounts for multiple flights and block time.
Bucket list check, flew a jet...you get to fly a jet without buying a jet! You can’t do this in a corporate jet, so smooth and precise. Amazing training experience for any pilot, applies to any aircraft.
Flying a fighter jet had been a life-long dream for me and thanks to Chris, I have finally been able to fulfill that dream. I opted for the full type rating on the S211 and it has been a blast. This includes ground school and 10 hours of flight (with some high-g aerobatic and unusual attitude recovery maneuvers). Having been in the teaching business for more than 40 years (I am currently the dean of one of the schools at a well-known private research university and I was an instructor in the military before developing a career in academia), I have a good perspective of what good instruction is all about. Chris is one of the very top instructors I have had the privilege to fly with: he is very knowledgeable, patient, has talent for explaining complicated systems and procedures simply and rationally, and has the methodology and the discipline that is learned in military operations. I strongly recommend anyone interested to know more about flying airplanes to fly with him. It is a unique and very powerful experience. I have only one serious concern: It is addictive and I personally can’t wait until I get the opportunity to fly formation and some of the other special training courses that Chris offers.
Roni A., ATP, CFII (ASEL and helicopter), MEI
Siraj (Atlanta, GA)
I had the opportunity to fly with the professionals at Victory Aviation, and I can’t wipe the smile from my face. As a captain for a major airline, I’ve flown many types of airplanes, and had great training. I have to say that training in an actual airplane, the all attitude upset recovery, and unusual attitude training I got from Victory was invaluable. The lessons I learned from Tom, Chris, and Chuck will stay with me forever, and make me a better, and safer pilot. Still smiling!
JACK (ANOKA, 30JUL2018)
Thanks again for the terrific training and flight experience. I really appreciated your professional approach to the pre flight brief and addressing things that don't always make their way into my personal flying - risk mitigation, personal readiness and complete contingency planning. The flight itself was very cool throughout. Your cool demeanor and talking through the various maneuvers was a real confidence builder. I can see many benefits in the program you have built and plan on doing it again in the future.
MARTIN AND JOHN (OSHKOSH 28JUL18)
As promised, you will find in the attachments below copies of our pilots licenses and medical certificates for your records. Please note that John holds a PPL for Single Engine Land and I hold a Commercial License for Single/Multiengine Land with IFR rating. I would also like to thank you very much again for having given us the opportunity for the initial familiarization in the S-211.
Both John and I thoroughly enjoyed our checkout / familiarization flight and were very impressed by your professional approach during walkaround, in depth preflight briefing, emergency procedures, instruction during our flight (slow flight, stalls, "g warmup" and introduction to basic aerobatics) and final debriefing after our respective flights.
Thank you very much again, keep in touch and will look forward to visiting you again soon.
Martin & John
GIOVANNI and ANGELO,
(OSHKOSH 27JUL 2018)
we are back at home so happy and with eyes plenty of aircrafts. The flight on your S211 has been fantastic both for the aircraft itself and for your professionality.
We recommend to any pilot "GA, ULM, Glider, bike :-)" to try such experience so excitant that involves any human senses.
Clears skies and happy landings,
Giovanni & Angelo
AUSTIN (OSHKOSH 27JUL2018)
Good Evening Chris,
I wanted to send you that email about me. I am the Embry-Riddle student. Currently I am instrument rated, and recently finished aerobatic training. I really enjoyed our flight at Oshkosh this year.
The flight in the S-211 was amazing. The instruction I received was very professional. I felt comfortable at all times. You made the transition to jets very pleasant for this SEL piston pilot.
Thank you for the amazing flight training experience in the s211 during Oshkosh 2018. Originally my goal was to see what I thought of the s211 but
I got so much more. Your professionalism and knowledge of the aircraft gave me comfort that I was in good hands.
As a corporate pilot we almost never explore the full flight envelope of our jets. Training in the s211 with you allowed me to explore the full regime from accelerated stalls and unusual attitude recovery to aerobatics. This in turn makes me a safer pilot in the Gulfstream.
Thank you for the unforgettable experience and I look forward to flying with you again soon
This summer I had the opportunity to fly for 2 hours with Chris in the Marchetti S-211. Flying this military trainer was an absolute blast, making it one of my best aviation experiences. Chris is a very talented and thorough instructor. We started with a complete ground briefing of the aircraft systems, safety protocol, flight plan, and emergency procedures. We flew a complete familiarization flight, including unusual attitude recoveries, aerobatic maneuvers, landing configuration, and general flight characteristics of the S-211. Chris knows the aircraft well and will make an inexperienced jet pilot feel comfortable while maximizing their experience.
I would highly recommend Chris and, of course, flying the Marchetti. The response and sightlines of this aircraft is off the charts. You will not be disappointed.
ASEL, ASES, Instrument rated. 1,000 TT