I'm an FAA Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor and ATP rated pilot based in the greater San Francisco Bay Area with 25 years and 6,000 hours of flight experience. I have a passion for aviation, and I love to share it with others. Please explore my site to learn more about me and further details about the instruction and services that I provide. My FAQ page can help answer your questions about flight instruction and the overall process of learning to fly. My Lessons and Library pages hold a collection of documents and references that are useful to student pilot and licensed pilots alike. My rates, polices, availability, scheduling, and related issues are all explained on my Rates & Policies page. And finally, please use the site search function (the top-level menu magnifying glass feature) to search this site for a particular topic or keyword — this is often the quickest way to find something specific.
I work with pilots (and student pilots) to become knowledgeable, disciplined, safe, and proficient — to become a professional pilot, or at least a private pilot with a professional demeanor. My "best fit" clients seek a solid understanding, smooth and precise execution, and continual improvement. I set high standards, and I will teach you tools and techniques to obtain and maintain those standards. I teach for the real-world, not just the checkride.
If you are just starting out, I can help you earn your private pilot's license. Not only will I teach you everything you need to know and master to meet and exceed the FAA requirements, but I will also help you navigate the process.
If you are already a licensed pilot, I can help you move to the next level. Perhaps you're interested in earning your instrument rating or commercial pilot's license. Or maybe you would like to add a high power or complex endorsement. Are you in need of a flight review or an instrument proficiency check? Have you thought about earning your CFI or CFII certificate? Or maybe you're just getting back into flying after some years off and need to knock the rust off to be safe and proficient once again. My instruction and services page gives more details about what I offer. And my Library includes numerous links to useful references and related information.
I typically instruct in aircraft with modern avionics, such as the Garmin G1000, Garmin G3000, Avidyne Avionics, and their variants (G1000 NXi, Cirrus Perspective, Plus, Touch, etc). But in some situations (especially client-owned aircraft) I will instruct in aircraft with equipment such as the Garmin G3X Touch, GTN 750/650, G500/600, or even older or less integrate avionics and instruments, such as a classic 6-pack with NAV and COM radios.
While I teach virtually all ratings and aspects of airplane flying, I specialize in a few particular areas:
Instrument Rating - My instrument students become knowledgeable and proficient IFR pilots who can safely negotiate the technical and demanding realm of real-world IFR and IMC. As with all instruction that I provide, my curriculum goes well beyond the FAA minimum standards and includes a wide variety of approach types at dozens of different airports (some examples are enumerated here). It is interesting to note that the ATP checkride is largely an instrument checkride, but with even more emphasis on knowledge, automation, precision, smoothness, and emergency procedures.
Technically Advanced Airplanes (TAA) / Advanced Avionics - VFR and IFR operations can both benefit from advanced avionics and instrumentation, and real-time satellite or ground-based datalink information. When properly used, such advances can lead to smoother, safer, more efficient, and more enjoyable flights for both the pilot(s) and passenger(s). These advantages are particularly noticeable when flying IFR, especially in IMC. Mastery of such equipment, and aircraft, is part of what is needed to step up into the flight levels, and into the world of pressurized, turboprop, and jet aircraft. Some of the more advanced single-engine piston aircraft that I instruct in include the full line of Cirrus SR aircraft, and the Piper M350 (aka Malibu Mirage). After mastering TAA such as these, you are then ready to take the next step into turbine aircraft, if that is your goal.
Commercial Pilot Rating (CPL) - I've helped many pilots obtain their commercial pilot's license to expand their flight envelope and improve their proficiency, smoothness, and professionalism — passengers notice the difference. The CPL also allows a pilot to get paid for flying, so it opens the doors for a number of interesting opportunities.
Adventure Flying - Cross-country flights to interesting places, often in mountainous or desert locations. This often includes remote airports with short/challenging runways, and high density altitude environments. I've been to every airport in California, and a great many airports throughout the west, and I've guided pilots on the ins and outs of flying to/from EAA AirVenture/Oshkosh. I like to share my depth and breadth of experience with others so that they can safely embark on their own flying adventures. I've even developed my own mountain flying course and checkout that I've honed over the years.
Professional Pilot Services
I provide a range of professional pilot services in piston, turboprop, and jet aircraft, including:
Flight Crew - Captain/First Officer pilot services in your personal or business aircraft for you, your family, friends, employees, VIP customers, etc.
Mentor Pilot - Build the time and experience to meet your SOE (Supervised Operating Experience) requirements
Right Seat Pro Pilot - Meet your personal, or corporate mandated, safety needs by having a professional pilot in the right seat whenever you fly.
On-the-road Instruction - For the busy executive or individual, I can provide instruction in your aircraft as you travel about the country on business or pleasure.
Ferry Pilot - I will relocate new or existing aircraft to meet your needs.
Special Services - Mission-oriented flights, SAR, Engineering Support flight, etc.. My science and technology, engineering, disaster services, and related backgrounds lay the foundation for my interest in supporting these and other special operations.