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Rick, Ramon

Instructor Name: Rick, Ramon

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO, SQL
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa/MC/Amex/PayPal
  (650) 614-1775
 Hourly Rate   $150 & Pro-Bono
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings held:
FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold Seal)
EASA Class Rating Instructor (UK CRI)
Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP, Avidyne, Perspective, Perspective+)
Simcom TBM Training (TBM700, TBM850, TBM900, TBM910, TBM930)
Single Pilot CitationJet Type Rating CE-525S (CJ/M2, CJ3/CJ3+, CJ4)

AC Instructs in:

Cirrus SR20, SR22, SR22TN, SR22T (Generations G2, G3, G5, G6)
Diamond DA42-2.0, DA42-NG, DA42-VI

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

I fly extensively for business and pleasure. Through teaching,
I wish to serve as a long term mentor to prospective and fellow pilots.

How long have you been instructing?
Since 2007. Cirrus since 2014. Diamond since 2018.
Over 1200 flight hours of Cirrus instruction given.

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

How would you describe your availability in general?

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
Beginners and certificate/rating students should expect a combination of:
  1) a comprehensive online ground school for enjoyment and comprehension
  2) a compressed online ground school to pass knowledge exam
  3) an instructor developed ground study program with assignments
Cirrus transition students should expect a combination of:
  4) a complete Cirrus transition course and Cirrus SR series workbook
  5) an instructor developed ground study program with assignments

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
Any and all Cirrus models: SR20, SR22, SR22TN, SR22T and its variations.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
Any recommendation is very student specific. 
Cirrus serves only a sub-segment of the vast general aviation community.

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
I aim for an average pass rate of 90%, better than the FAA Gold Seal requirement.
First and foremost, however, I train students to become safe and efficient pilots. 

Additional Comments:
I graduated with a PhD in Applied Physics and an MBA from Stanford University.
When not teaching aviation, I am a budding entrepreneur and investor in the technology space.
I have a small contingent of pro-bono instruction and mentoring that I give to Stanford students and alumni.