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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/Venmo
  (650) 224-7124
 Hourly Rate   $120
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
2008 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year, presented by the FAA Administrator to represent the 96,000 CFIs in the United States. Airline Transport Pilot. Cirrus Platinum CSIP Instructor. Recognized by the National Association of Flight Instructors as a Master CFI. Gold Seal CFI. CFII, MEI. Advanced Ground Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor. Also factory trained in Cessna Caravan, Cessna 206, Columbia 350 and 400.

AC Instructs In:
Currently only working with new clients in the Cirrus SR20 & SR22, for which I deliver quality flight training and/or purchase consulting. I have thousands of hours of experience in Cirrus aircraft, and chose to specialize in teaching people how to master these planes. In the past I've taught in C182/G1000, C172/G1000, C172, C182, T206, C172SP, C172XP, C172RG, C182RG, T210, Columbia 400i, Diamond DA-40, DA42NG, Piper Saratoga, Archer, Warrior, and many other aircraft types. 

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?
I teach because I love flying, and I get tremendous satisfaction from helping people achieve their flying objectives. I started flying when I was 15, and it's been a lifelong passion for me for over 40 years. I like to share that passion with people who want a fun, enjoyable learning experience as they learn to master an aircraft and become 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 fly in Cirrus aircraft primarily at PAO, but sometimes travel to SQL to teach in Cirrus aircraft there.

How would you describe your availability in general?
Excellent during the week. I usually take Saturdays off, but do teach on Sunday afternoons.

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 they learn best and then identify a study option that fits their learning style and works into their schedule.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I'm a specialist in the Cirrus SR20 and SR22, and I'm the author of Max Trescott's G1000 & Perspective Glass Cockpit Handbook. See I've taught almost exclusively in glass cockpit aircraft such as the G1000 and Perspective for over a dozen years and am recognized nationally as an expert in these aircraft. I travel to teach in the Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program, a weekend-long training program held at locations around the world. 

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
I encourage new flight students to sit in a couple of different airplanes so that we can see which fits them the best and in which one they feel the most comfortable. We can 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:
I'm the host of the Aviation News Talk podcast, a weekly show focused on General Aviation, that provides GA news and helpful tips that pilots can use. Just search for Aviation News Talk in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for a dedicated app, or look for the show wherever you go for podcasts.

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 to bring volunteer doctors and dentists to provide free services in remote areas.

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. I'm a former monthly columnist for EAA Sport Aviation magazine and have written for AOPA Pilot magazine, InFlightUSA, and

"I worked in high teach 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 usually spend every weekend flying radio control airplanes and walking the beaches of Monterey Bay."