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Fry, Dave

Instructor Name: Fry, Dave

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Cash/Check
  (650) 862-2740
 Website   n/a
 Hourly Rate   $80-100
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
ATP - SES, SEL, MEL, CE-500, CE-510S, CE525S, CE-650, Commercial - Glider, Helicopter CFI - Airplane Single and Multi Engine, Instrument Airplane, Glider

Aircraft Instructs In:
*7ECA, *7GCAA, *A-1A, *C-152, C-162*, *C-172, *C-172SP, C-172SP-G1, *C172XP, *C-172RG, *C-177, *C-182, *C-182T, C-182T-G1, *C-T182RG, *C-T206, *P210N, *T210, *DA-20 A-1, DA-40, *DA-42, *Grob, *PA28-161, *PA28-181, *PA28-5DB, *PA28-201, *PA28-201T, *PA28-236, *PA30B,*PA32-260, *PA32-300, PA32-301, PA32-301R, PA32R-301T, *BE-55, *BE-76, M20J, M20K, M20M, *SR-20, *SR-22, T-34 - *Checkpilot

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
One of the great thrills in life is watching people develop new skills. Unless you've done it, there is no way to describe the feeling of helping an eager student advance from being unable to taxi without help to being able to fly solo! 

How long have you been instructing?
Since 1978.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I fly from PAO. Please leave half an hour between flights if I need to travel from one airport to another.

How would you describe your availability in general?
Before, during, and after normal working hours. 

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I generally follow the Jepesson syllabus, but adapt it to meet my student's needs and choice of ground school. 

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
For advanced students, I love the Diamond Twinstar and the Cessna 182 with the Garmin 1000. For beginning students, I prefer the Cessna 172SP. And my all time favorite (unfortunately West Valley doesn't have one) is the Pilatus PC-12, and the Citation Mustang and CJ series.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
Cessna 172SP

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
90% overall, and 95% in the past three years

"I teach Private, Instrument, Commercial, ATP and Instructor ratings and specialize in advanced avionics. My hobbies include bike riding, gardening, cooking, and archery."