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West, Greg

Instructor Name: West, Greg

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General Information
 Base Airport   PAO
 Teaches At   PAO
 Accepts New Students   Yes
 Payment Types Accepted   Visa/MC/Amex/PayPal
  (408) 538-5316
 Hourly Rate   $100
 Ratings Held   See Below
 AC Instructs In   See Below

 About the Instructor

Ratings Held:
Cirrus Platinum CSIP
Embraer 175 Regional Jet PIC

AC Instructs In:
C-172, C-172SG1, C-172SP, C-182, C-182T, C-182T-G1, PA28-161, PA28-181, *SR20, *SR20G6, *SR22,  *SR22 Turbo, *SR22G2, *SR22G3, *SR22G3 Perspective, *SR22/T G5/G6, 
DA40, DA42, FRASCA (G1000 sim)   *Checkpilot

Why are you a Certified Flight Instructor?

I absolutely love to share flying. My enthusiasm and energy for it is contagious. 

How long have you been instructing?
12 years

Do you tend to favor PAO or SQL, and how might it affect a student's ability to schedule time?
I prefer PAO.

How would you describe your availability in general?
am generally available Monday through Friday between 10am-3pm. Other times by prior arrangement.

What method of ground school do you prefer and how does it relate to your syllabus?
I am a product of WVFC training and I highly recommend the classroom ground school. While it may be tough to commit to an evening or weekend class, it keeps you moving through the material at a good pace and you are test-ready upon completion. If your schedule does not allow you to commit to a structured class schedule, then the test prep courses from Sporty's are good too.

What is your favorite aircraft to instruct in?
I favor the Cirrus SR22 because it is a great cross country machine. It is fast, safe, modern, comfortable, and a blast to fly. My favorites are aircraft with glass cockpits (Garmin G1000 and Avidyne Entegra).

What are your aircraft recommendations for a new student?
New students should consider the pros and cons of both a high wing (Cessna 172) and a low wing (Piper Warrior/Archer). I was exclusively Cessna for my first several hundred hours before I flew a low wing for the first time, and I really liked it. So it boils down to a matter of personal preference. We can fly each one (or just go sit in the cockpit) so you can get a feel for each.

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

Additional Comments:
I am a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) which means that I am factory trained and regularly audited by Cirrus to continuously provide superb instruction in SR22 and SR20. If you are thinking of transitioning up to (or buying) Cirrus, I look forward to speaking with you!

I'm the WVFC Safety Seminar Coordinator. Check the WVFC calendar for upcoming seminars, and please email me if you have ideas for content and/or referrals for industry volunteers who would be willing to speak at future seminars.

I volunteer for Angel Flight West and fly several missions per year, and I am the volunteer webmaster for the Northern California wing. If you are interested in Angel Flight, I look forward to telling you how rewarding it is to expand your flying in meaningful ways. 

"Bay Area native, avid international traveler, proud father of two teenagers and twin toddlers. Previous career stops include a good run in radio - technical and on air - and another good run with the dot-com A-list. Currently instructing exclusively in Cirrus and I hold a Part 135 certificate for an air taxi / charter company using Cirrus SR22s."