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Tilton, Ted

Instructor Name: Tilton, Ted

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO, SQL
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Cash/Check
  (408) 313-3117
 Website   n/a
 Hourly Rate   $60-90
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
ATP: AMEL, Commercial Privileges, ASEL, CFI, ASE, AME, Instrument

AC Instructs In:
*A-36, *A-36TC, *BE-76, *C-152, C-162*, *C-172, *C-172RG, *C-182, *C-182RG, *C-206, *C-T182RG, *C-T206, *DA-20 A-1, *F33A, *M20C, *M20J, *M20K, *PA-32-260, *PA28-161, *PA28-181, *PA28-236, *PA28R-200, *PA28R-200T, *PA28R-201, *PA32-300, *PA44-180, *PA44-180T, *TB20 - *Checkpilot

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
I enjoy flying and I enjoy teaching. 

How long have you been instructing?
Since 1974.

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I live closer to PAO, but it really doesn't matter. 

How would you describe your availability in general?
As a part time instructor, I'm available on the weekends.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I think that the ground schools taught at West Valley do an excellent job. What method any student chooses to use in passing the written test, however, is really immaterial; FAR Part 61 dictates the subjects and maneuvers must be taught. 

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
It's really a question of what aircraft the student wants to learn in. The biggest factor, I find, is matching the size of the airplane to the student: Can he/she see out properly and reach all the controls easily? Or, is the airplane large enough and powerful enough to accommodate a student of a certain size? A student of small physical stature is usually more comfortable in a Warrior, C152 or Katana, whereas a larger person might be more comfortable in an Archer or C172. It's also perfectly possible to learn to fly using a twin engine aircraft, if the student wants to do so.

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