Useful Aviation Information

I learned flying in tailwheel planes and love flying with my family on trips. We used to own the Tanjore Belle (our 2008 SR-22TN Perspective), which we sold. We now fly a 2001 Piper Meridian (Tanjore Belle II). I am a certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII) in Single Engines. I am based at Palo Alto (KPAO) airport, after being at Paine Field, Everett (KPAE) for a few years. I am a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI).

I do not offer primary flight training, but am accepting instrument students. I will be delighted to discuss your plans for getting that instrument rating you have always wanted.

In addition to well-equipped aircraft with traditional round gauges, technically advanced aircraft (with PFD, MFD, autopilot and GPS navigators) are now widely available in the rental fleets. This availability and an instrument rating gives you an unprecedented opportunity to conduct your cross country trips in less than perfect weather.

Here are some things you should know about me as an instrument instructor:

  • I typically train one student at a time allowing me to offer you complete and individual attention.

  • My 30+ years as a computer scientist and my experience in my own plane makes me very comfortable teaching the intricacies of a modern glass cockpit.

  • Aviation is a passion of mine. I am not instructing to build time or to make a living, but for the pleasure of teaching others to fly.


7-day Palo Alto Weather.

7-day Everett Weather.
(also see forecast discussions).


ADDS Weather (with links to AWC). 

Windy Wx site.

Long range forecasts (GFS is updated every 6 hours and goes out 14 days)

pivotal weather, WxCharts, Penn State e-Wall.

Meteograms, and user guide.

Skew-T plots and how to interpret them. More info about Skew-T from NASA.

Lifted index can be found here select the Lifted Index Loop in the box in the left scrolling region.

FAA ADS and RAIM prediction.


Graphical METAR/TAF for ZOA.

Thunderstorm outlook prediction (from the Storm Prediction Center in OK, click on Tstms. outlook on the left).

Sectionals on-line:
Skyvector. VFR & IFR charts.

Basic airport information: Airnav.


FAA Safety Site