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Hellweg, Chuck

Instructor Name: Hellweg, Chuck

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa/MC/PayPal
  (408) 832-5323
 Hourly Rate   $80-100
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
ATP-AMEL, Commercial, CFII/ME, AGI

AC Instructs In:
*A-36, *AA-5B, *BE-76, *C-152, C-162*, *C-172, *C-172RG, *C-182, *C-182RG, *C-206, *C-T182RG, *C-T206, *DA-20, *DA40, *DA42, *A-1, *F33A, *GROB, *M20J, *M20K, *PA-32-260, *PA28-161, *PA28-181, *PA28-236, *PA28R-200, *PA28R-200T, *PA28R-201, *PA32-300, *PA44-180, *PA44-180T, *TB20, *SR-20, *SR-22, *BE-35, *BE-36(G36), *BE-55, *BE-58(G58), *M20/M, *TB-21 *C-421, *C-414, Cirrus Standardized Instructor - *Checkpilot

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

I have a passion for flying and believe it is absolutely the best experience you can have. The only thing better than flying is watching the faces of my students when they 'get it!' It is such a great feeling to teach the thing I love best to an interested and engaged student. I am committed to seeing my students achieve the goals they set for themselves and to become the best pilots they can be.

How long have you been instructing?
I have been a flight instructor for over 20 years. I have over 10,000 flight hours just training students. I teach all levels of students from those seeking their private pilot license all the way through Air Transport Pilot training in both single and multi-engine aircraft. I am a retired Navy Air Traffic Controller and that experience assists my students as they learn how to use the radios in the communication-intensive Bay Area.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I fly from either airport without bias...please keep in mind travel time when scheduling. 

How would you describe your availability in general?
I am a professional full-time flight instructor. I will work with my students schedule to suit their needs. Times I am not available I will block out on the schedule, but give me a call and we will see if we can work something out. 

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
In addition to flight training and passing the practical exam, students also need to pass an FAA written exam. I will tailor the syllabus to suit the student's needs, if the student elects formal ground school, the syllabus can be molded to dovetail what is being learned in class and the same thing can be done if the student elects self-study. The best method of ground school is the one best suited to the student's learning style.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I specialize in teaching the newest and most technically advanced aircraft and have received specialized training from Cirrus to become a Cirrus Standardized Instructor.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
Immerse yourself in aviation. Read about it, talk to pilots, hang out at the airport, fly every chance you get, take tours of aviation facilities. I have lots of suggestions for books to read and organizations for you to join. And do ask lots of questions. 

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
98% of my students pass on their first attempt. I have been certified by the FAA as a Gold Seal Instructor, which means the FAA has found that I maintain a high level of training activity with consistent high passage rates of my students. 

"It's worth repeating that my passion is flying and that I teach people to fly because I love it! I am a retired Navy Chief Air Traffic Controller - my ATC experience affords an unique perspective on aviation that will benefit my students. I am the single father of two young men who are equally nutty about aviation...let's go flying!"