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Dietz, Lou

Instructor Name: Dietz, Lou

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   No
 Payment Types Accepted   PayPal/Venmo/ApplePay/Check
  (650) 278-9137
 Hourly Rate   $100
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor
Ratings held:
Commercial, CFI, CFII, ASEL, ASES, Instrument, Glider, Cirrus Standardized Instructor (factory trained CSIP)

AC Instructs in:
Cessna, Cirrus, Piper, Diamond, Tailwheel

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

I love to fly and I can't get enough of it. And I really enjoy sharing this passion with others. Teaching, and watching a student overcome difficulties and "getting it", is another joy of it's own!

How long have you been instructing?
Part-time since 1993. I am currently instructing half-time. I have about 4000 hours total, and about half of that is flight-instructing.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I prefer PAO, but am happy to work out of SQL also with prior arrangement.

How would you describe your availability in general?
I'm a full-time CFI. Sundays and Mondays are my usual days off. Please don't schedule me before 8:30am or after 6:30pm except by prior arrangement.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
No preference. Different formats (classes, DVDs, on-line) work better for different people, and I will work with their preference. 

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
It's really hard to say, because I love the stick-and-rudder discipline and fun provided by tailwheel aircraft, but I also love the situational awareness and safety features in modern aircraft with glass-panel displays and airframe parachutes!

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
I prefer tailwheel aircraft for Private Pilot training (Citabrias), but I am happy to work with the client's preference. For instrument Rating, I prefer Cirrus or Cessna with glass-panel G1000 avionics.

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
About 90%

Additional Comments:
I've had a career in electrical engineering, and I really enjoy the technical aspects of flying, including IFR, in "the system" and "by the numbers". But I also learned early in my flying career that nothing beats the pure stick-and-rudder fun of taildraggers and gliders. While flying is demanding of all of your faculties, attention, and respect, it can also be a meditative escape from the other pressures and complications of life. I've owned a share of a Cessna 180 for many years, and enjoy using it to travel around the western US and Mexico.