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Trescott, Max

Instructor Name: Trescott, Max

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa/MC/PayPal
  (650) 224-7124
 Hourly Rate   $100
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
2008 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year. Airline Transport Pilot. Recognized by the National Association of Flight Instructors as a Master CFI (one of five in the S.F. Bay area). Gold Seal CFI. CFII, MEI. Advanced Ground Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor. Completed 6 days of Cessna factory training and can give advanced G1000 glass cockpit instruction in Cessna and Diamond aircraft. UND factory trained Cirrus CSIP Instructor & completed 3 day Cirrus Proficiency Program (CPPP). Columbia factory trained instructor on Columbia 400i.

AC Instructs In:
Cirrus SR20 & SR22, C182/G1000, C172/G1000, C172, C182, T206, C172SP, C172XP, C172RG, C182RG, Columbia 400i, Diamond DA-40/G1000, DA42NG, Piper Saratoga, Archer, Warrior

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
I started flying when I was 15, and it's been a lifelong passion for me for over 30 years. I teach because I love flying, and because I want to people to have an enjoyable learning experience while becoming the safest possible pilot. 

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I tend to favor PAO since it's closer to my home, but I do fly at SQL as well. 

How would you describe your availability in general?
Excellent during the week, though a little tighter on weekends. 

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I work with clients to understand how they feel that they learn best and then to identify a study option that fits that learning style and works into their schedule. 

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I specialize in Glass Cockpit aircraft and am the author of the G1000 Glass Cockpit Handbook See I used to own a Cessna T210, so I prefer Cessna aircraft and teaching in glass cockpit aircraft like the Cirrus. However, like Will Rogers, I never met an airplane I didn't like. I love flying them all. 

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
I encourage new clients to sit in a couple of different airplanes so that we can see which one fits them the best and in which one they feel the most comfortable. We'll also fly in more than one aircraft if you want to experience other airplanes. 

What percentage of your students pass their checkride on the first try?
Greater than 95%

Additional Comments:
As a Master CFI, I'm actively engaged in many aspects of aviation. I publish Pilot Safety News, a free monthly online newsletter focused on safety. You can all issues archived at

I designed and produce the Bay Tour Map, available in local stores, which describes how to fly through our complex airspace while viewing the many sights from the air.

I'm an aviation author. You'll find my articles by searching on I've also written for the National Association of Flight Instructors magazine and InFlightUSA magazine.

I'm an active speaker and give a number of presentations each year to local aviation groups on safety topics, primarily on behalf of the FAA's Wings safety program. I'm an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor, and I've done extensive research on the unique risk factors that affect aviation safety in the S.F. Bay Area. I've also assisted the local FAA office in San Jose with analysis of their accident data to identify trends and risks within their district.

I'm a past President of Los Medicos Voladores or Flying Doctors. I've flown dozens of trips to Mexico bring volunteer doctors and dentists to provide free services in remote areas.

"I worked in high tech for 25 years, primarily in Sales & Marketing, though I'm a degreed electrical engineer. I also have a degree in Psychology, which perhaps helps in the teaching process (and yes, flying is cheaper than therapy and perhaps as effective!). My primary focus is on making learning to fly enjoyable while producing the safest possible pilots.

I love to ski, and my family and I frequent the slopes at Bear Valley."