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Gauvin, Steve

Instructor Name: Gauvin, Steve

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General Information
 Base Airport   SQL
 Teaches At   SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa/MC/PayPal
  (650) 771-1285
 Website   n/a
 Hourly Rate   $120
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
ATP, Commercial, CFI, Instrument, MEL, Advanced Ground, Instrument Ground

AC Instructs In:
Cessnas (high wing), Pipers (low wing) - whichever the student prefers.

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
I love flying and sharing my knowledge and experience with my students. I also like helping people grow and accomplish their goals in the context of aviation. 

How long have you been instructing?
I have been flying for almost 20 years, and instructing for over 14 years.

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), and prefer it, but I will teach at either. It all depends on what is most convenient for the student.

How would you describe your availability in general?
I will usually teach from 9:00 to the end of the day, Tuesday through Sunday . I am flexible and can accomodate most schedules.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
It depends on student learning preferences. Personally, I think the Gleim books and software are the most efficient for passing the written tests. The Club also has an excellent ground school on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm, with a continuously rotating subject matter structure.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I am physically most comfortable in Cessna 172S or Piper Warrior aircraft, as I am 6 foot 3 inches. The newer Cessnas are very nice! 

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
I like the Piper Warrior and the Cessna 172S as a training platform for new students. I really like the newer Cessna 172SPs.

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?

"I graduated from the University of San Diego in 1989 with a Bachelors Degree in Economics. After careers in Financial Consulting and Commercial Real Estate, I am now a full-time flight instructor at West Valley.

I was a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol (United States Air Force Aux.) flying as a Search and Rescue Mission Pilot. I am currently flying support missions as a volunteer pilot with the San Mateo County Sheriffs Office Air Squadron.

I am a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI).

I live in San Carlos, and enjoy outdoor activities when I am not flying; I also like spending time with friends and entertaining at home, especially Summer BBQs."