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Lovell, Cory

Instructor Name: Lovell, Cory

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   PayPal
  (415) 717-8782
 Hourly Rate   $60
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
Commercial Single-Engine Land, Instrument Rating, CFI, Type Rating: L-39 Albatros, Aerobatics Instructor, Aerobatic Competition Coach

AC Instructs In:
Sukhoi SU-26, SU-29, Pitts S2C*, Extra 300L, Stearman PT-18*, Yak-52 and 55, Aero L-39 Albatros, all club Cessna's, G1000 aircraft, and all club Tailwheel aircraft - *Checkpilot

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

I've always had a passion for flying since the day I took my first flight at age 15. Since then, I've worked hard to help others experience the magic of flying. To me, watching a student fly around the pattern on their first solo, or pass their check-ride with flying color, is so rewarding.

How long have you been instructing?
14 years

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
PAO and SQL.

How would you describe your availability in general?
Part-time. I have a pretty full work and Air Show scheduled so I need to schedule flights in the evenings and on weekends. 

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I would recommend doing the WVFC ground schools if you're a visual learning. However, if you're one of those people that live on the web, Jeppesen has some great online courses. You should also check-out the clubs preferred online courses: 

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I own a Russian Sukhoi SU-26M, and it's by far the best aerobatic airplane in the world. It has virtually unlimited vertical perfomance and is certified to +/- 16g's. My favorite WVFC aircraft is by far the Pitts S2C. If you've every dreamed about flying upside in a classic biplane, the Pitts is for you. The Pitts is also wonderful for learning how to safely recover from spins. 

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
The C-172SP is a great trainer, however, if you want to to save some money, the C-152 works nice as well. If you're interested in a challenge, the Citabria is a great tailwheel airplane.

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

Additional Comments:
I'm an avid aerobatic competitor, and President of Chapter 38 International Aerobatic Club ( If you're interested in aerobatics, competition, or just want to watch, I would be more than happy to get you involved. We routinely have aerobatic days at Tracy airport. We have a weekend contest judging school coming up in Feb at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Contact me if you would like be invited to the clinic.

"I took my first flight at 15 years old and was instantly hooked. Since then, I've flown many unique aircraft, including trainers, high-performance aircraft, aerobatic aircraft, and a Flight Safety course on the Lear 45.

A few years ago, I got into aerobatics competition, and have been completely hooked. I love teaching and flying aerobatics, and hope to get other club members to catch the aerobatic bug.

The clubs Pitts S-2C is the ideal aircraft to learn basic through unlimited aerobatics. It's also a great aircraft to practice your upset recovery techniques, and become a safer pilot."