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Acuff, Rich

Instructor Name: Acuff, Rich

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Cash/Check
  (650) 888-1313
 Hourly Rate   $70
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below
 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
CFI, SEL, MEL, Instrument

AC Instructs In:
Citabria, Cessna (except 152), Piper, Cirrus, TwinStar

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
I've always loved airplanes, and when I started flying Young Eagles, I realized it would be very personally rewarding to share my love of flight through teaching.

How long have you been instructing?
Since February, 1998

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
Both PAO and SQL work fine for me. As long as I'm left travel time between appointments, I'm happy to go to either airport.

How would you describe your availability in general?
Pretty flexible. I'm typically available to fly at least 3 weekday mornings, 3 weekday afternoons, and most weekends. See CASSi or contact me for more details.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
It varies depending on the student. A community college course, the WVFC ground school, video tapes, or self-study (reading) with some tutoring all can work well. I will adjust the flight/ground instruction to accommodate.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
The only one I don't like is the C152 :-) I've taught Private Pilots in Citabrias, Cessna 172s, Piper Warrior/Archers, and Beech Bonanzas. I love the pure joy of flight experience in the Citabria, but there is a special pleasure in completing a carefully organized, smoothly flown flight with an approach to minimums at the destination in a 200 knot airplane with enough buttons and dials to impress Rube Goldberg, too.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
I think starting in a tailwheel helps build good foundation skills, but the C172 or Piper Warrior/Archer work well, too. I don't fly the bug, er, C152 :-) 

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
So far, 90%.

"Other than flying, I enjoy being a Dad, power tools (and other gadgets!), and warm water next to soft beaches. I was a computer programmer at Stanford for 12 years before deciding on full-time flying.

I learned to fly at West Valley in 1992 and began instructing here in 1998"