Fly with Me

I am a private pilot with about 200 hours of flight experience since 2018. I fly with my friends in small airplanes to explore new destinations in California. See my Instagram story highlights for my flying adventures!

Where do you fly?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do you fly from?
    My home base is Palo Alto Airport. I am currently a member of the West Valley Flying Club.

  • What aircraft do you fly?
    I fly single-engine piston aircrafts like the Cessna 182 (e.g. N65504) and the Diamond DA-40 (e.g. N660PS).

  • How many people can you take?
    Including myself the airplane seats four people max.

  • How much does it cost?
    I do not charge passengers because this is not a commercial service. We share the rental cost. It is usually around $200 per flight hour.

  • How high do you fly & Is it cold up there?
    We usually cruise at 5,000 to 10,000 feet (in comparison the airliners cruise at 30,000 feet). It’s usually 5–10 degrees cooler than on the ground. There is heating inside the airplane (but no A/C).

  • How fast & far can you fly?
    The aircrafts I fly typically cruise at around 140 knots (160 mph), which means 1 hour to Tahoe, 2 hours to LA, or 3 hours to San Diego or Las Vegas. Any trip longer than these probably needs a fuel stop.

  • Can I use my phone?
    Yes— because we fly low to the ground (compared to the airliners), cellular signal is usually excellent!

Frank Sifei Luan
Frank Sifei Luan
PhD Student

PhD at UC Berkeley focused on machine learning and data systems.