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Sih, Phil

Instructor Name: Sih, Phil

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General Information
 Base Airport   SQL
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Cash/Check
  (775) 996-0221
 Hourly Rate   $70
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
ASEL instrument, flight instructor
Rotorcraft-Helicopter, commercial

AC Instructs In:
Cessna 152, 172, Beechcraft Bonanza

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
Where I am from we did not have any flight instructors anymore so the locals convinced me to do it so I could provide that service to my area. I also like flying and have benefited greatly and think it's probably time to give back to the community. 

How long have you been instructing?
I'm the new guy having just become an instructor recently but having flown since I started at West Valley in 2004.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
No. I'm from well outside the bay area so it's all the same to me. 

How would you describe your availability in general?
Pretty flexible. I'll work nights and weekends easily. 

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
Most students pick the method that suits themselves and I am OK with any method.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
Cessna 152.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
If you can fit in a Cessna 152 it's the best. It will show you all your mistakes while being forgiving enough to allow you to learn from them. 

What percentage of your students pass their check ride on the first try?
Don't know yet. Have yet to send one for that!

Additional Comments:
In 2004 I learned to fly at West Valley because I needed to commute from Reno to the Bay Area. The vast majority of my hours are solo, cross country, all seasons, and all kinds of weather. But I am new to flight instruction and it is like learning to fly all over again. Flying has made my economies and lifestyle possible and I hope I can pass along some good information to those possibly looking to use this unique method of transportation to their advantage. I also have a lot of time in the Beechcraft Bonanza and for anyone looking to use flight as a means of travel I can provide a very complete introduction to this most capable and useful aircraft that has proven its merit as one of the longest running, most widely produced and used piston singles ever made. Finally if at some point soon I will make CFII and CFI-Rotorgract and be able to provide those services.