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Andrews, Patti

Instructor Name: Andrews, Patti

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Cash/Check
  (650) 339-0904
 Hourly Rate   $80
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:

Commercial SEL, CFII (FAA Gold Seal CFI)

AC Instructs In:
172SP, 172RG, 182, G1000

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
I've been a college teacher for ten years and I still get a kick out of helping people discover things. When I had the chance to migrate my teaching skills into the cockpit I didn't think twice. 

How long have you been instructing?
Since May 2004. 

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
PAO & SQL are both fine... just leave me 30 minutes of commute time between lessons if I need to go from one airport to another. If I ever convince the GM to open West Valley Venice I may have to limit myself to just one location.

How would you describe your availability in general?
Currently Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some weekends. I'm a full time CFI so I'm available to work around my students' schedules. Multi-day boot camp style training is also a scheduling option. 

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I think the interaction that takes place at a ground school is beneficial for most students; however, no ground school can cover all the information required to be a safe pilot, and it still needs to be related to what we do in flight. The best combination is ground school supplemented by one-on-one sessions. I also encourage students to join informal study groups to reinforce their knowledge and learn from others. 

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I like Cessnas because the tanks are on the top and the wings are more comfortable to camp under. They also provide a wide range of aircraft for students to move up through, starting with the mighty and inexpensive 152.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
In general, the least expensive airplane the student fits in will do just fine. For students interested in learning advanced avionics from the start, I recommend a 172SP with the G1000 panel. 

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

Additional Comments:
WV members: My rate for phase checks is whatever you normally pay your regular instructor, including any negotiated discounts.
"It is wonderful to be out of an office and surrounded by new-pilot enthusiasm, working with people who are genuinely excited about what they're learning.

Prior to becoming a flight instructor I worked in a variety of environments, including legal, career consulting, and non-profit. My degrees are in political science from UC Berkeley and College of Notre Dame (now NDNU). During the last nine years I've also taught part time at NDNU. I enjoy immersing myself in a learning envionment, and have had some incredible students over the years, some of whom have also become good friends.

I've come to love this place and I honestly can't imagine a better place to hang my hat, or a better group of aviators to hang out with than those here at West Valley. "