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Blonstein, Steve

Instructor Name: Blonstein, Steve

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   CC/PayPal/Zelle/Cash
  (650) 799-2153
 Website   n/a
 Hourly Rate   $90
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:

AC Instructs In:
C-152*, C-162* C-172*, C-172SP*, C-172SP-G1000*, C-172XP*, C-172RG*, C182*, C182-G1000*, PA28-161*, PA28-181*, PA28-181/5DB*, SR20*, SR22*, T-SR22*, T-SR22-G1000*, DA40-G1000*, M20F* - *Checkpilot

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
I love flying and teaching. I'm not instructing to accumulate hours, and plan to instruct for years to come. 

How long have you been instructing?
25 years 

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I favor PAO due to the proximity of my office, though I can make SQL work with enough heads-up 

How would you describe your availability in general?
Early mornings, mid-late afternoons weekdays and occasional weekends.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I recommend the WVFC ground school, but like to add a lot of additional information that cannot be fit into the limited time provided by these classes. 

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
Cessna 172 or 172SP. A classic training airplane. Great reliable engine, comfortable interior, decent visibility. For those who already have a license, definitely the Cirrus SR20/SR22. I own one and commute several times a week. Every time someone gets out of the plane they'll be saying WOW!

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
Either the C172/172SP or Piper Archer/Warrior. 

What percentage of your students pass their check ride on the first try?
All but four in 25 years of instructing 

 I have been flying for 28 years and instructing for 25. I currently own a Cirrus SR20. Electrical Engineer by training.
Checking out in a Cirrus?  I offer the first flight with free flight instruction if you purchase a 10 hour block for subsequent instruction.