About Me

Experienced Aviator


I learned to fly at Southland Field (KUXL) in 1994, shortly after graduating from LSU Law School.  I quickly acquired my multi-engine rating in a Cessna 310R.  I fell in love with everything aviation.  Fortunately, Civil Air Patrol opened many opportunities to further my flying education.    An instrument rating and commercial pilot's license soon followed.  Once I acquired 1500 hours, I obtained an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.   I later obtained a Commercial Helicopter license.  I am type rated in a Eclipse 500 jet.  I have over 3500 hours total time of which 1500 is in multi-engine aircraft.  I have over 400 hours in jet aircraft.  I hold a flight instructor certificate with airplane single engine land, multi-engine, and instrument ratings.  During my flying career, I have served as a mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol, FAA Aviation Safety Counselor, and chief pilot for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.  I currently serve on the Lake Charles Regional Airport Authority.

Training Offered


I offer flight training in Lake Charles and Sulphur for the following: private pilot, instrument rating, commercial pilot, multi-engine rating, flight reviews, instrument proficiency checks, complex aircraft endorsement, and small unmanned aircraft systems.  Learn to fly today.

My Mission


I want you to fly safely and with confidence.   There are many great flight instructors.  My 20 plus years experience in many facets of aviation allows me to tailor the best training techniques to fit your particular needs.  This website is designed to provide flight students with helpful information to achieve their aviation goals.



Getting Started

Private Pilot License


 The Private Pilot Certificate, commonly referred to as the Private Pilot License (PPL), allows students to obtain the foundational knowledge and skills for all future aircraft pilot training. As a Private Pilot, you can fly an airplane day and night in visual flight conditions and carry passengers (friends, family, co-workers, etc.). You cannot fly for paid compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers. 

Instrument Rating


 Instrument rating refers to the qualifications that a pilot must have in order to fly under instrument flight rules (IFR). It requires additional training and instruction beyond what is required for a private pilot certificate or commercial pilot certificate, including rules and procedures specific to instrument flying, additional instruction in meteorology, and more intensive training in flight solely by reference to instruments.   The student in this photo is wearing a "hood" to simulate the absence of visual references.

Commercial PIlot


 Many people are misinformed about what a commercial pilot is. They assume that if someone is a commercial pilot, they are an airline pilot. While it's true that an airline pilot is, indeed, a type of commercial pilot, the opposite is not always true - a commercial pilot is not necessarily an airline pilot. 


Commercial pilots can be cargo pilots, tour pilots, crop dusting pilots or backcountry pilots. They can be flight instructors, ferry pilots or glider tow pilots. See a trend? A commercial pilot is simply one who is allowed by the FAA to charge money for services. 

Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge


 The Official FAA Publication that provides basic knowledge that is essential for pilots. This updated handbook introduces pilots to the broad spectrum of knowledge that will be needed as they progress in their pilot training. This handbook is useful to beginning pilots, as well as those pursuing more advanced pilot certificates.  

Airplane Flying Handbook


  The official FAA reference for the aviator-in-training, many test questions for the FAA Knowledge Exams for pilots come directly from this guide. This handbook provides information and guidance in the performance of procedures and maneuvers required for pilot certification and is an excellent resource for flight instructors teaching both student and licensed pilots.  



What aircraft will I use?  Students either provide their own aircraft or rent through Plane Simple Flight School LLC (See Plane Simple Aircraft link at top of Home Page).   

Where do I get a FAA Medical Exam? Dr. Dan Butler, 250 Beglis Parkway, Ste 3, Sulphur, LA 337-310-7233

Recommended Books & Manuals

Instrument Procedures Handbook


This FAA publication introduces advanced information for IFR operations. Instrument flight instructors, instrument pilots, and instrument students will also find this handbook a valuable resource. 

Aviation Weather


This Advisory Circular is intended to provide basic weather information that all airmen must know. This document is intended to be used as a resource for pilot and dispatcher training programs. 

Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)


 This manual contains the fundamentals required in order to fly in the United States NAS. It also contains items of interest to pilots concerning health and medical facts, factors affecting flight safety, a pilot/controller glossary of terms used in the ATC System, and information on safety, accident, and hazard reporting.

Aviation Weather Services


 This FAA publication brings the pilot and operator up to date on new and evolving weather information and capabilities to help plan a safe and efficient flight, while also describing the traditional weather products that remain. 

Advanced Avionics Handbook


The Advanced Avionics Handbook is a new publication designed to provide general aviation users with comprehensive information on advanced avionics equipment available in technically advanced aircraft. This handbook introduces the pilot to flight operations in aircraft with the latest integrated “glass cockpit” advanced avionics systems. 

Plane Sense


 This handbook can be a valuable reference tool for anyone who would like to review the “nuts and bolts” of aircraft ownership. Aircraft owners and operators, or anyone considering aircraft ownership, should be familiar with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), which details regulations for aircraft owners, operators, pilots, aircraft mechanics, and maintenance providers.  

Airman Certification Standards (ACS)

The ACS provide pilots, instructors and evaluators with a single-source set of clear, logical standards that tell them what they need to know, consider and do to qualify and pass both the knowledge and practical tests for airman certification and ratings.    

The ACS improves the PTS by adding the aeronautical knowledge and risk management elements that support each PTS skill task. It also incorporates today’s “special emphasis” items into the appropriate ACS task.

The FAA and industry worked together for five years to develop and prototype-test the ACS. 

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Are you ready to get started?

If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in my programs, feel free to send me a message. I will get back to you as soon as possible.  If you are ready to reserve an aircraft, please call Plane Simple Flight School at  337.540.3092 or 337.513.3319. 

Rock Palermo, Certified Flight Instructor

721 Kirby Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601, United States

(337) 310-1603 or 337-304-2941 cell


Monday - Friday: 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 a.m -9:00 p.m.