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Debski, Matt

Instructor Name: Debski, Matt

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Cash/Check
  (650) 799-3367
 Hourly Rate   $60
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
SEL, Instrument

AC Instructs In:
Cessna 172 and 172SP, Piper Warrior and Archer

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
A few years ago I realized that flight instruction would combine my love of flying with my enjoyment of teaching. I enjoy watching other people learn and the challenge of finding the best way to communicate an idea.

How long have you been instructing?
I have been teaching since 1999, when I was a TA for a computer science course at MIT. I taught C Programming for two summers at Foothill College and spent six weeks teaching technology to high school students in Beijing. I have been a flight instructor since September 2011. I have o
ver 350 hours dual instruction given.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
On the weekends, Palo Alto and San Carlos are both fine. I work in Mountain View so Palo Alto is preferable for weekday flights.

How would you describe your availability in general?
I am available weekends and weekday mornings and evenings. 

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
Students have different ways of learning and must choose the ground school method most appropriate to their learning style. I suggest avoiding ground schools that focus on just passing the written: the written test is a relatively low bar. It is best to find a ground school that will prepare you for the oral; a student thus prepared will have little trouble with the written.

"I've been interested in flying since middle school, when I used Microsoft Flight Simulator to explore Chicago and Martha's Vineyard and learn VOR navigation. After graduating from MIT with an EECS degree, I finally was able to take the plunge into flying lessons and earned my private certificate in 2003.

My greatest flying achievement was flying solo from Palo Alto to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture.

I enjoy flying with friends and family with an airplane full of backpacking gear. I've flown to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks to backpack. General aviation is the best way to get to the Mammoth or Bishop areas for a weekend of backpacking that's just not reasonable in a car.

When not flying, I enjoy running, skiing, generally being active outdoors, and cooking.

For my day job, I work for Skybox Imaging, writing software for the spacecraft flight computer."