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Kamel, Melek

Instructor Name: Kamel, Melek

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO/SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Electronic Payment/Cash/Check
  (818) 614-7009
 Hourly Rate   $70-80
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings held:
CFI, AGI, Commercial

AC Instructs in:
C152, C162, C172, C172SP, C182, C182S, PA28-161, PA28-181, DA-20, DA-40, G1000

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

Teaching has been one of my passions since I was in high school, I used to be a high school tutor when I was young. When I grew up, I became so fascinated with flying as well. Flying and teaching is an excellent mix for me to enjoy.

How long have you been instructing?
I have been flying since 2013 and been instructing since 2016. I have accumulated more than 4000 hours. The majority were built of teaching experience.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
It doesn't matter. Whichever is more convenient for you.

How would you describe your availability in general?
I am a full time flight instructor who spent most of the time at the airport. I am available weekdays, weekends, and after hours. I would like to book schedule well in advance, so it's more convenient for both of us. If you can't make the schedule for any reason, let me know ahead of time and we can reschedule.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I really like the idea of attending a ground school that West Valley offers. It's a great method to motivate you to study and know new pilot friends. King school is another good source if you can't attend live ground school.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
My favorite airplane is your favorite one which can fit your size and budget. But generally speaking, you can't beat Cessna for training purposes.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
Either C172SP or C152

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
I don't really count percentage, but most of my students pass from first time, and if they miss something on first try, it's not the end of the world. It's always corrected. The goal is a safe pilot, not just passing.

Additional Comments:
Flying is very rewarding if you use it as a career or hobby. It stays with you for life. So it's very important to learn it right and build solid bases, knowledge, and habits to keep you safe. My syllabus focuses on organized way to learn and absorb all needed knowledge, skills, and risk management in reasonable sequence and timely manner. I normally offer my first lesson free of charge (you just pay for the plane) to get to know each other and walk you through the program and answer all your questions. My preferred method of contact is text message. Stay safe, and see you soon. Cheers.