Instructors

Flying Particles, Incorporated has a number of club members who are FAA Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) and have been approved by the club’s Flight Safety Officer to provide flight instruction in FPI aircraft.  These club CFIs are independent contractors, and as specified in our bylaws, are the only CFIs who may instruct in club aircraft.  Our club CFIs have a range of backgrounds and are highly experienced.  We’re confident you’ll find a good student-teacher match with several of them.

Choosing a CFI
Each person has his or her own style of learning, and the same is true of teaching styles, so it is important to find a CFI who works well with you.  Many factors will influence your decision, but personality match and style of communication are surely among the most important.  Keep in mind that a CFI’s hourly rates and total flight hours may have little correlation with how well you’ll succeed in learning from them.

You can use this web page to learn a little about each of our CFIs, and hopefully recognize a face you’ve seen at our monthly meetings or wash parties.  We have purposefully kept the information brief.  We recommend you talk with a few CFIs, and equally as important, a few of their references, before choosing one for your training goal.

While most members like the consistency of using one CFI as their primary private pilot or instrument rating instructor, many find it helpful to periodically fly with a another instructor to see a different viewpoint.  Not every CFI will be a good match for every student; if it’s not working out, try another CFI—you’re in charge of your training.  For more information about choosing a flight instructor, we recommend the M-Zero-A guide..

Contacting a CFI or a Reference
If you are a club member and wish to contact a CFI or speak with his references, you may obtain their contact information from ScheduleMaster (click on the Group Info – User list tab. Right click on their last name to copy their email address).  If you are not yet a member, or have just joined, please contact our Membership VP, at membership@flyingparticles.org, who can suggest a few CFIs that may be a good match for you.
Our instructors

Bob Ackley, CFI Bob Ackley
Occupation: Retired Plant Business Operations Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Types of Instruction: Private Pilot, Commercial, Flight Instructor, Instrument Rating, BFR, IPC, and aircraft checkouts
Times Available: Days and Evenings except on Sunday
References:
Eddie De Coito, CFI Eddie De Coito
Occupation: Full-time Flight Instructor, FPI Flight Safety Officer
Types of Instruction: Private Pilot, Commercial, Flight Instructor, BFR, IPC, and FPI instructor checkout
Times Available: Mon-Sun: Days and evenings
Pete Eltgroth, CFI Pete Eltgroth
Occupation: Retired physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Types of Instruction: Private, Commercial, Flight Instructor, Instrument, FAA Flight Reviews, Instrument Proficiency Check, Mountain Flying. (In appropriate non-FPI aircraft: tailwheel techniques, aerobatics.)
Times Available: Most days, except Monday, Wednesday & Friday evenings
References: Dave Head, Rick Marz
Noah Fong, CFI Noah Fong
Occupation: Airline Pilot and Part-time Flight Instructor.
Types of Instruction: Private, Instrument, flight reviews and IPCs
Times Available: Normally weekends, weekdays by appointment
References: Ryan Sass, Mona Knock
Noel Luneau, ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, NAFI, Webmaster Noel Luneau
Occupation: Airline Pilot and Part-time Flight Instructor.
Types of Instruction: Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Instrument Rating, FAA Flight Reviews, Instrument Proficiency Check, Mountain Flying. (In appropriate non-FPI aircraft)
Times Available: Varied by schedule
Victor Marsh, CFI, CFII, MEI Victor Marsh
Occupation: Flight instructor and corporate pilot.
Types of Instruction: Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Instrument Rating, FAA Flight Reviews, Instrument Proficiency Check.
Times Available: Varied by schedule
Patenaude_Steve Steve Patenaude
Types of instruction:
Occupation: Retired
Times available: by appointment
Steve Radcliffe Steve Radcliffe
Occupation: CFI, A&P
Types of Instruction: Various and FPI instructor checkout
Times Available: by appointment
cfi-schneider Michael Schneider
Types of instruction:  Private, Commercial, ATP, Instrument, Multi, Glider, BFR, IPC
Occupation:  Mechanical Engineer
Times available:  evenings and Saturdays
cfi-turner Bob Turner
Occupation: Retired physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Types of Instruction: stage checks, instrument rating, CFII, aircraft checkouts, recurrent flight checks, biennial flight reviews, instrument proficiency checks and Commercial and CFI training.
Times Available: All days and evenings except Sunday mornings.
References: David Osborn, Matthias Frank, George Farquar
Dennis Vied, CFI Dennis Vied – Temporarily Unavailable
Occupation: Retired TWA captain. Currently technical writer at Themis Computer in Fremont.
Types of Instruction: Fixed wing, land and sea, and helicopter, flight checks.
Times Available: by appointment; availability currently limited.
References: Steve Radcliffe, Bill Sutcliffe, Mike Schneider, Steve Patenaude