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Somma, Gabe

Instructor Name: Somma, Gabe

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General Information
 Base Airport   SQL
 Teaches At   SQL/PAO
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and PayPal
  (650) 804-0665
 Hourly Rate   $75
 Ratings Held   See below
 AC Instructs In   See below


 About the Instructor

Ratings held:
FAA Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI. Advanced Ground Instructor. Commercial Pilot, Multiengine, Instrument. Regional Airline Flying Experience in CL65 (CRJ 200)

AC Instructs in:
C-152, C-172, C-172RG, C-172SG1000, C-172SP, C-182, C-182T-G1000, DA-42, PA28-161, PA28-181, T34-B, G1000 Simulator, AST200 and AST300 Simulator, PFC CATIII Simulator

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

Being a flight instructor gives me the opportunity to share my passion for flying and I enjoy helping others reach their goals and dreams in aviation.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
My base airport is San Carlos, but I can teach at Palo Alto as well.

How would you describe your availability in general?
Please contact me for information on hours available.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I recommend either the Sporty's course for the iPad or DVD or the King Schools Private Pilot Course. If you are available to attend a live Ground School, I recommend the ground schools offered by the club. I also like and used the Gleim Test Prep software and study books to prepare for my written tessts and recommend these to my students as well. The San Carlos Airport has a very well run pilot shop that you can visit to get all your supplies: San Carlos Aviation & Supply. Ask for Hans.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
The Cessna C172SP or the Piper Warrior/Archer.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
In your first few hours fly a couple of different models and see which one you like best. If you're on a budget the Pipers tend to be solid airplanes with stable flying and landing characteristics for the money.

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?

Additional Comments:

"Started flying 1996, and have been teaching full-time since 2006. Have over 4,000 hrs total flight time with most of those hours as a flight instructor."
"I earned a BA degree in Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) from UC Berkeley, but after 5 years in biotech I decided to switch fields and pursue aviation as a full-time career."

"I was selected as 2013 WVFC Flight Instructor of the Year"