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Carlin, Mary Ellen

Instructor Name: Carlin, Mary Ellen

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Cash/Check
  (650) 279-1989
 Website   n/a
 Hourly Rate   $80
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:

AC Instructs In:
*A-36, *AA-5B, *BE-76, *C-152, *C-172, *C-172RG, *C-182, *C-206, *C-T182RG, *DA-20 A-1, *F33A, *Grob, *M20J, *M20K, *PA32-260, *PA28-161, *PA28-181, *PA28-236, *PA28R-201, *PA28R-201T, *PA32-300, *PA46-310P, *PA32-220T, *C-421C - *checkpilot

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
I love to teach and meet people interested in flying. I like 3-dimensions in my life.

How long have you been instructing?
I have been a CFI for 22 years and love it!

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I favor PAO, but if need be I drive to SQL. I limit the number of students I have so I can get them finished. 

How would you describe your availability in general?
I usually work Monday thru Friday and I tend to like to fly early in the morning. If needed I will fly nights and weekends.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I like to give reading assignments, with questions answered before each flight. I will go into detail on any subject the student needs. 

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I really love all planes, from the great C-152 to the 400 series Cessnas. 

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
Which ever plane they want. Some planes will take longer to learn in so this should be discussed. 

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
90% all ratings.

"I have flown to Alaska, Nova Scotia,and to Columbia,South America. I have degrees in Chemical Engineering and Radiological Technology. I enjoy skiing, golf, tennis, scuba, horseback riding, and the piano. I consider the Palo Alto Airport my Country Club and can be found there most of the time. I was the West Valley Instructor of the Year in 1997. "