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Popovici, Radu

Instructor Name: Popovici, Radu


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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Cash/Check/Google Wallet/Credit Card
 E-Mail   pradu2003@gmail.com
  (650) 753-9231
 Website
 Hourly Rate   $70-75
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 
     
 About the Instructor

Ratings held:
SEL, MEL, Instrument, Helicopter

AC Instructs in:
Diamond DA40, DA40NG

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

I am the son of two teachers, and as such I have always enjoyed teaching, and interacting with people. I instruct because it fulfills both my desire to teach and to fly.

How long have you been instructing?
Since 2011. 

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I prefer PAO, but SQL is an option too.

How would you describe your availability in general?
Part-time. I have a flexible schedule, but prefer to fly no more than one flight per day. I can teach mornings, lunchtime or after hours, preferably weekdays. Please call or email before scheduling any flights, to confirm availability. 

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
Everybody has a preferred way of learning. One can study via a formal ground school, online class, one on one with an instructor, or self study. We can determine together what works best for you.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I think the new avionics (G1000) and airplanes give the student better tools for situational awareness and help turn them into better pilots. That said, I've done the majority of my instruction in Cessna 172, some older than myself. I used to own a plane from 1966. The best plane is the one that fits the student's individual budget and goals.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
We would discuss any constraints (medical, weight, budget considerations), and come up with a plan that best suits the student's needs. Cessna 152/172, Piper PA28-161/181, Diamond DA40 are all very good training aircraft.

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
While I've taken a few students to the finish line, the numbers are still small enough that a percentage is irrelevant.

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