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Speridakos, Kostas

Instructor Name: Speridakos, Kostas

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa/MC/Amex/PayPal
  (650) 687-7840
 Hourly Rate   $70
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings held:
Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI), Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI), Commercial Pilot: Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) and Multi-Engine Land (AMEL), Private Pilot privileges: Airplane Single-Engine Sea (ASES)

AC Instructs in:
C-162, C-172, C-172SP, C-172SP-G1000, C-172RG, C-182, C-182-G1000

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

Introducing new people to the world of aviation is a joy and a privilege.  Flying is fun (surprise!), and is significantly more fun when you can share it with others.

How long have you been instructing?
I became an instructor in June 2017, and have been flying since I was a kid (I actually became a Private Pilot before passing my driving test).  In addition, flying runs in my family and I take enormous pride in the high standards I set for myself in terms of my knowledge, skill, and my ability to impart that knowledge and skill upon new pilots.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
Although I live closer to PAO, my priority is to accommodate your needs. 

How would you describe your availability in general?
7AM-10PM, 7 days per week.  I provide ultimate scheduling flexibility to my students, and then complete my aviation consulting work in the remaining time.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I recommend a classroom course like those provided at WVFC, so you can ask questions and meet new friends who are also learning to fly.  It helps save you time and money if you complete the ground school before you start flying, but you can take the course at any time during your training.  The better you master the information from the ground school, the less time we need to spend reviewing one-on-one.  Of course, I am always here to help!

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I recommend the C-172SP, which is a purpose-built training airplane.  There are many C-172SPs to choose from in the Club fleet, and if you would like to fly anywhere else in the US or abroad, chances are you will find at least one C-172 in your area.

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
I recommend the C-172SP for the same reasons I discussed above.  In addition, because the C-172 has four seats, you can take friends with you on your flight lessons and after you finish your training.

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
Although I don't yet have enough data to provide a meaningful percentage, I strictly adhere to my syllabus, make sure that each student is 100% prepared for the check ride and real-world flying, and don't waste the student's time or money.  Email me at the address listed above to request a copy of the syllabus for the type of training you plan to pursue.

Additional Comments:
Outside of flying, I have worked in air traffic control R&D for nearly 10 years.  While at the US DOT’s Volpe Center, I designed and coordinated FAA flight tests that enabled the safety approval of ADS-B (satellite positioning) data for use in air traffic control.  More recently, as an independent consultant, I have been helping a variety of corporations and government agencies solve their airspace and air traffic management challenges.  I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2009, and served as President of the MIT Flying Club during my final year.  Contact me anytime to discuss your training goals.  I look forward to speaking and flying with you!