BeachAV8R Bio

Chris “BeachAV8R” Frishmuth

At heart, I’m a PC flight simulator geek of the highest order. My PC simming started in my preteen years during the early 80s with SubLogic’s Flight Simulator II for the Commodore 64. Through the decades, I’ve played and followed nearly all of the titles from familiar development houses such as subLogic, Microsoft, Microprose, and Jane’s to name a few. Riding the bus to school as a child, every morning I would pass by the glowing blue lights of the nearby Davidson Army Airfield just south of Washington D.C., and I would dream of one day becoming a pilot. PC flight simulators gave me an outlet and fostered those dreams of flight.
To keep a long story short, I eventually earned my Private Pilot certificate at Quantico Marine Corps Air Station before moving on to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to earn my B.S. in Aerospace Studies. From there I went to work in Myrtle Beach, SC where I worked my way through my Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor, and CFI-Instrument ratings by pumping fuel on the flightline and turning my paychecks into flight hours. In 1997, I was fortunate to be picked up by a textile company in Charlotte, NC that introduced me to turboprop and turbine aircraft. Sixteen months later, in 1998, I joined MedCenter Air as an air-ambulance pilot. It is a job I love and enjoy. Over the years, I spent a decade writing feature articles and reviews for until my departure in 2012. Since 2008 I’ve been a staff writer for London based PC Pilot magazine. I currently live outside of Charlotte, NC with my incredible wife, Marisa, and our precocious four year old son, Kai.


Though this site is primarily dedicated to PC flight simulation, I’m a 7000+ hour ATP with 3000+ hours Citation PIC, 3000+ hours King Air PIC, and degrees in Aviation Safety, Aviation Business Administration, and Psychology. I hold a CAE/SimuFlite Pro card and Certified Flight Instructor/Instrument. I’m available for professional consulting, speaking, contract piloting, aviation seminars, simulation development, and all manners of media appearances. I can be contacted via the e-mail link at the bottom of this page.