My qualifications: CFI, CFII, MEI, Type-rated Citation jets, FAA Safety Representative, and NAFI member.
What I can teach: Stage Checks, Single- and Multi-Engine, Sport, Private, Instrument, Commercial, ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, Upset Recovery and Spin training, Complex endorsement, and Mountain Flying.
Aircraft I teach in: Click here
History: Thao fell in love with flying after taking an aerobatic flight in a Decathlon with Chief Instructor Jen Watson. She trained and received her Private certificate at Aerodynamic. She has experiences in a wide variety of planes from Sportstar, Cessna, and Piper single and multiengine trainer planes, to Cirrus SR-22, turboprop Pilatus PC-12, and Cessna Citation business jets in corporate and general aviation. She flew high-Gs maneuvers with Hall of Fame aerobatics champion Sean D. Tucker in the Gamebird and Extra 300 planes. Her happy place is flying inverted in an aerobatic plane.
She specializes in fast-paced, advanced training: instrument, commercial, multi-engine, upset recovery and spins, instructor training, and stage checks. She combines her training in Aviation with her Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, and years of teaching experiences to develop her students’ aviation knowledge, flying proficiency, and aeronautical decision making skills.
She is close friends with Air Traffic Controllers and host tours for her students, so they can have conversations with controllers. She regularly talks with Designated Pilot Examiners and FAA Safety Representatives to keep up-to-date with industry knowledge and FAA regulations.
She is 100% safety focused and passionate about teaching dedicated students who are open and eager to learn. She believes that flying is the greatest personal development journey. Aviation influences every aspect of an aviator’s life from communication to decision making to situational awareness inside and outside of the classroom.
From above, human troubles fade away in the distance and we get to experience a spiritual connection with Nature and our world. The views of the emerald hills and turquoise bay underneath a pink and golden sunset are absolutely stunning!