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Dietz, Lou

Instructor Name: Dietz, Lou

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   No
 Payment Types Accepted   PayPal
  (650) 278-9137
 Hourly Rate   $70
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor
Ratings held:
ASEL, ASES, Instrument Airplane, Glider, CFI, CFII

AC Instructs in:
Tailwheels: 7ECA, 7GCAA, 8KCAB, C-180, Piper J-3 Cub, Stinson 108, PT-17 (Stearman); Tricycle gear: C-152, C-172, C-172RG, C-182, PA28-161,
PA28-181, DA-20

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

I love to fly and I can't get enough of it. And I really enjoy sharing this passion with others. Teaching, and watching a student overcome difficulties and "getting it", is another joy of it's own!

How long have you been instructing?
On and off, since 1990. I recently earned by CFII, and am looking forward to instrument instructing in the near future.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I prefer PAO, but am happy to work out of SQL also with prior arrangement.

How would you describe your availability in general?
Part-time, several days per week.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
No preference. Different formats (classes, DVDs, on-line) work better for different people, and I will work with their preference. 

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I tend to prefer the stick-and-rudder discipline imposed by tailwheel aircraft, but really love them all. 

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
I prefer tailwheels for Private Pilot training (Citabrias). But I am happy to explore other options and work with the student's preference. 

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
So far, I have trained 5 students from first flight to Private Checkride, and all have passed first time. 

Additional Comments:
I've had a career in electrical engineering, and I really enjoy the technical aspects of flying, including IFR, in "the system" and "by the numbers". But I also learned early in my flying career that nothing beats the pure stick-and-rudder fun of taildraggers and gliders. While flying is demanding of all of your faculties, attention, and respect, it can also be a meditative escape from the other pressures and complications of life. I've owned a share of a Cessna 180 for many years, and enjoy using it to travel around the western US and Mexico.