I was looking for an instructor to work with on my instrument rating. I browsed through West Valley Flying Club’s instructor roster, and called Darryl first because he was one of the few full-time instructors and committed to instructing as a long-term career. I certainly haven’t regretted the decision. The instrument training went very well, and we combined it with transition training to my first owned aircraft, an ’01 Saratoga II TC. Darryl’s a very patient teacher, but also challenged me just enough to make each lesson a real learning experience. His knowledge of the Saratoga’s complex systems was very helpful, and he went out of his way to personally learn what few systems were unfamiliar to him so that he could then teach me. And….I passed the instrument flight test on the first try, with no problems.
I’m now conducting Tailwheel transition with Darryl in the Citabria 7ECA, and we should be done very shortly. It’s been a blast and, once again, Darryl’s passion for teaching has made it a very enjoyable experience. Tailwheel transitions can apparently be nerve-wracking, but we’ve had no problems!”