Advantage Aviation Instructor Profile
Andrew Dilworth - CFII
Hello there! My Name is Andrew Dilworth and I joined the Advantage Aviation team of full-time flight instructors in 2007. I first became interested in flying while sitting on the beach in the Caribbean in 1999 when I spotted a Cessna fly low overhead. From that moment on, the thought of becoming an aviator so intrigued me that I enrolled in flight lessons as soon as I returned to California. Less than 3 years later, I had earned all my professional qualifications (AGI, CFI, IGI, CFII), and began my own flight instruction business known as SkyHoppers Aerial Adventures in San Jose, at Reid-Hillview Airport. I am now happy to offer my unique experience to the Palo Alto pilot community here at Advantage!
Since becoming an instructor, I have logged more than 5500 hours in more than 30 types of light and heavy single-engine airplanes flying throughout the west coast. These include the Cessna 172 and Piper trainers, as well as hundreds of hours in the more complex and high-performance airplanes such as the Cessna 182 and 206, including those with turbochargers and retractable landing gear. Among my favorite airplanes that I fly are the new G1000 equipped Cessnas, the sporty Symphony 160, and the quintessential Cessna 180 tailwheel airplane. My professional experience also includes having served as Chief Pilot for a Part 141 flight training school, as a Search and Rescue pilot for the Civil Air Patrol, as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA, and as a consultant for the appraisal and purchase of Cessna aircraft.
On a personal note, I was born and raised in the New York City area, and I have been a California resident since 1990. I hold a B.S. degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, and prior to becoming a professional pilot, I had a career in Environmental Consulting in San Jose. Other interests of mine include motorcycling, photography, the Cinema, and tropical bush flying.
My instructional emphasis is to offer personalized, in-depth flight training using my own easy to follow syllabus and extensive assortment of lesson plans, as well as Jeppesen training materials. I am available Full-Time to help you with all your flight training needs, offering everything from Private and Commercial Pilot training, Instrument training, Flight Instructor training, as well as Tailwheel, Complex, and High-Performance endorsements. I am also experienced in providing accelerated training in all these areas. Finally, all of my student-pilot alumni have passed their initial checkrides to date.
I offer affordable block rates of $70 per hour for Private Pilot instruction, and $80 per hour for advanced instruction, when purchased in advance. I also provide flexible rates for aircraft consulting, management, and appraisal services. Please visit www.flyskyhoppers.com to read more about my experience, services, and block rates, then give me a call toll-free 800-515-4225 to discuss your training needs.
Phone: (800) 515-4225 C(408) 393-2502 H
Rates: $70/80 (Block Rates) per hour