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Speridakos, Kostas

Instructor Name: Speridakos, Kostas

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa/MC/Amex/PayPal
  (650) 687-7840
 Hourly Rate   $70-90
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings held:
Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) and CFI-Instrument, 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-152, C-172, C-172SP, C-172SP-G1000, C-172RG, C-182, C-182-G1000

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

Introducing people to the world of aviation is a joy and a privilege. Flying is more fun when you 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 became a Private Pilot before passing my driving test). Flying runs in my family and I take pride in the high standards I set for myself in terms of my knowledge, skill, and 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?
I focus on PAO, which makes my schedule a bit more predictable for students because I don't commute between the two locations.

How would you describe your availability in general?
7AM-10PM, weekdays and weekends. I fly 5 days per week and adjust the exact days to my students' needs.

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, where you can ask questions and meet new friends who are also learning to fly. You can save time and money by completing ground school before you start flying, but you can take the course any time during your training. The better you master the theory, the less time you need to spend practicing 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. The Club has many C-172SPs to chose from. In addition, there is a wealth of resources available online and in print due to the popularity of the C-172.

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, efficiently use instructional time and make sure each student is 100% prepared for the check ride and real-world flying. You can email me at the address above to request a copy of my 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!