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Kumar, Gopal

Instructor Name: Kumar, Gopal

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General Information
 Base Airport   All
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa/MC/Amex/Discover/PayPal
 Hourly Rate   $80-100 Block rates available
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings held:
CFI, CFII, MEI and Commercial (Single and Multi Engine Land) with Instrument Airplane.

AC Instructs in:
Cessna, Piper, and Cirrus aircraft.

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

I love to fly and truly enjoy teaching others on how to be a safe and competent pilot.
How long have you been instructing?
6 years and 950+ hours of dual instruction given.
Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
Both Palo Alto and San Carlos are great airports, and I favor whichever works best for my student's schedule.
How would you describe your availability in general?

I am available most weekends and a few weekday early mornings.
What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
A combination of formal ground school interspersed with a few one-on-one sessions is probably effective for most students.
What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
Cessna 172SPs and Cirrus aircraft.
What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
Any plane that fits the students budget and comfort ends up being a great plane. For new students, I recommend Cessna 172SP airplanes, since the standardized avionics makes the learning process easier and very efficient.
What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
Additional Comments:
I got my private pilot license in India flying tail wheel aircraft ( in 1980. After a lapse of nearly 23 years, the aviation bug hit me once again and I resumed flying in 2003 and have earned all of my FAA ratings here in the bay area. I now have been thoroughly enjoying flying for nearly 2200+ hours in the following models:

- Cessna 152/162/172/182, Cirrus SR20 / SR22, Piper Warrior, Arrow and multi engine planes, Duchess and Piper Seminole

Outside of the cockpit, I manage a small software development team at a high tech company and enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, swimming and traveling to new places.