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Etesami, Bobby

Instructor Name: Etesami, Bobby

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   PayPal/Venmo/Apple Pay
  (650) 743-9809
 Hourly Rate   $100-120
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings held:
Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), A-320, CL-65, Flight Instructor Single and Multi-Engine (CFI, CFII, MEI)

AC Instructs in:
C-152, C-162, C-172, C-182, Piper 28-161, PA28-181. I also have extensive experience flying the Garmin G1000 equipped aircraft.

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

I am an instructor for the same reason you're looking to become a pilot. Because its exciting, it's rewarding, and it's a new adventure every single time I fly. Though some instructors teach to build the required flight time to become future airline pilots, I am an airline pilot who teaches because of the joy and satisfaction of teaching. It makes me happy to fly and it's a great feeling to witness my students' progress as they reach each milestone! 

How long have you been instructing?
7 years as of 2018. I have over 5000 hours of flight time and over 2000 hours of instruction given.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I would be happy to schedule lessons at either airport.

How would you describe your availability in general?
I am a pilot with Alaska Airlines. Though there will be days that I will be out of town, I'm typically available to teach around 20 days a month, including weekends. I will know about my travel days over a month in advance.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
Not every student learns in the same way. That's why I work with every student to discover their individual needs. Many students choose a combination of home study course videos and one-on-one lessons with me.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
It's not about what I like, its about what's the most effective learning tool for my students. I think that Cessna 172 is a very forgiving aircraft to fly, and is very easy to schedule at this club due to the large number of them on our flight line.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
See my response to the previous question.

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
90% or greater

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