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Erlikhman, Arkady

Instructor Name: Erlikhman, Arkady

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General Information
 Base Airport   SQL
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa/MC/Amex/PayPal
 Hourly Rate   $60
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
SEL, Commercial Instrument, Advanced Ground Instructor, Instrument Instructor

AC Instructs In:
C-152, C-172, C-172SP, C-172RG, C-182, C-182T-G1000, C-206T-G1000, PA28-161, PA28-181, PA32-301, PA32R-301, TB-20, SR-20, SR-22

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
I love to fly and I love to teach. Flying is an amazing activity. It combines the challenge of learning and perfecting a new skill while assuming sole responsibility for the safety of oneself and of others.

How long have you been instructing?
Since September 2003.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I live closer to San Carlos Airport (SQL), but I will teach at either. It all depends on what is most convenient for the student. SQL is not as busy as PAO, so student can save time and money on taxiing and pattern work.

How would you describe your availability in general?
I'm a full time instructor and generally I am available 24/7. Give me a call or schedule me on CASSi.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
Depending on the person, supervised home study, WVFC ground school, or other methods are all appropriate to pass the written test. We will do ground lessons to cover what is not in the books. 

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
Cessna C-152, C172 or Piper PA28-161, PA28-181. Students should try a couple of different types to see which one is most comfortable for them.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
C-152 (money saver) or PA28-161 for Private Pilot Certificate, C-172SP - for Instrument Rating. 

"I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. I came to the United States in 1991 and since then I have worked as a high-tech professional in the software industry. My previous job was with Oracle as a Director of Product Development.

I live in San Carlos in close proximity to the San Carlos airport. In 2001, I decided to try a demo flight and that is how it all started. I joined West Valley Flying Club where I received all of my ratings from Private Pilot to CFII.

When I'm not flying I like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, SCUBA diving and fishing."