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Kumar, Gopal

Instructor Name: Kumar, Gopal

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General Information
 Base Airport   All
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa/MC/Amex/Discover/PayPal
 Hourly Rate   $90-100 Block rates available
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings held:
Gold Seal Flight Instructor - CFI, CFII, MEI
Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP)
Commercial (Single and Multi Engine Land) with Instrument Airplane.

AC Instructs in:
Cessna, Cirrus, and Piper aircraft.

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

I love to fly and truly enjoy teaching others on how to be a safe and competent pilot.
How long have you been instructing?
Since 2009, 2900+ hours of dual instruction given.
Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
Either airport is fine, as long as there is sufficient travel time between lessons to accommodate for travel time. 
How would you describe your availability in general?

Flexible and willing to accommodate individual student's availability.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
A combination of formal ground school interspersed with a few one-on-one sessions is probably effective for most students.
What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
Cessna 172SPs and Cirrus aircraft.
What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
Any plane that fits the students budget and comfort ends up being a great plane. 

Student pilots who are just starting out will benefit from flying both the conventional (analog) and G1000 (digital) panel aircraft so as to experience firsthand the pros and cons of each cockpit arrangement. Instruments students should choose a cockpit panel based on what they will fly after obtaining their instrument rating. 

Late model aircraft with modern glass cockpits coupled with advanced autopilots, provide a wealth of information that can enhance safety, but can also easily overwhelm pilots who do not learn the programming intricacies within the comfort of a safe training environment.

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
90% on Private, 100% on Instrument, Commercial and Instrument Instructor check rides.
Additional Comments:
After earning my private pilot license in India, I resumed flying once again in 2003 and trained for the various pilot and instructor certificates right here in the Bay Area. I have now accumulated over 4100+ hours teaching students from various backgrounds and have extensive cross country flying experience ferrying aircraft from the east coast with owners/pilots to the Bay Area.