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Rapoport, Geoff

Instructor Name: Rapoport, Geoff

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General Information
 Base Airport   All
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   PayPal, Check, Venmo
  (415) 902-8133
 Hourly Rate   $75
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings held:

AC Instructs in:
Cirrus SR20, SR22; Cessna 152, 162, 172M/N, 172SP, 172RG, 182; Mooney T-M20N; Diamond DA40 and DA40NG

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

That's a more complicated question than you'd think. The short answer is that it's fun, but see comments below.

How long have you been instructing?
I've been teaching at West Valley since 2015.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
prefer SQL, but am available to teach at PAO as required to secure an appropriate aircraft at the desired time.

How would you describe your availability in general?
'm a full-time flight instructor available any time by appointment. At this time, I have limited weekend and evening availability.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
My syllabus has reading assignments built-in that correspond to the phase of training, but the right method for acquiring aeronautical knowledge depends tremendously on the student, their background and learning style. I'll have suggestions, but whatever you want to use is fine with me.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
t's not about me. I like using the right tool for the job. I want to teach you in an aircraft that will make it easy for you to learn to safely fly your intended mission.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
That depends on the student and their goals. The Cessna 172SP is a great choice for lots of students, but it might not be right for you. Let's sit in 3 or 4 planes, fly 2 or 3 planes, and then pick the right one for you.

Additional Comments:

 Before I was a pilot, the sort of sentiment that follows would have induced aggressive eye rolling or worse, but it’s all true. Becoming a pilot will change you. It will make you more resourceful. It will make you more confident—and more humble. If you keep your eyes open, it will make you more grateful, because if you’re lucky enough to fly, then you’re lucky enough. When we go fly on just another average Saturday morning, you have an experience that for many people would be the highlight of the best vacation of their lives. If you’re flying and not getting this, it may be time to try a new instructor.  

 To be clear, it’s a ton of work. Becoming a pilot involves way more reading and way more paperwork than you thought. There’s a lot of “I thought I was studying to be a pilot, not a lawyer/engineer/doctor/meteorologist” and more “is this really necessary?” Having been a mechanical engineer and a lawyer before coming to flight instructing, I like to teach my students the "why" of flying--both the physics and the regulations. Some students are perfectly happy to memorize and follow the rules of what you're supposed to do when, but my students learn how and why the system fits together the way it does. (1) If I didn’t think it was essential, I wouldn’t make you do it; and (2) it’s totally worth it.  

 In addition to the usual work on private and commercial certificates, I like to teach practical flying as part of flight reviews or recurrent training. Too many pilots get a license, but don't really know how to use it for anything. If you're a pilot who hasn't been doing a lot of flying, let's figure out how being a pilot can mean more than just holding the certificate.  

 So why am I a flight instructor? The same reason you’re becoming a pilot. I get to retake the journey with every student. I can never have another first solo, but I’m so excited for your first solo—even if I have to watch from the ground.