Ryan Baillie - Flight Instructor

Bay Area Flying Club

Flight Instructor: CFI, CFII, MEI
Certificates Held: Commercial Single Engine Land, Commercial Multi Engine Land, Instrument Rated

Ryan is a Bay Area native that was introduced to aviation by his grandfather.  His grandfather trained to be a nose gunner in a Boeing B-17 during WW2. They used to build model airplanes together and go see the warbirds when they came to Buchanan Field in Concord, CA.


Over the years, Ryan’s love for aviation grew and he began training for his Private Pilot Certificate in 2011.   In 2017 Ryan purchased a Piper Warrior 2 and finished his Private Certificate. For several years, Ryan used his plane for fun and vacations and has flown all over the western United States. He has experience in flying around islands, mountains, and deserts.


Ryan decided to turn his passion into a career.  Ryan earned his Instrument Rating, Commercial Airplane Single and Multi-Engine, Flight Instructor Airplane, Flight Instructor Instrument, Multi-Engine Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Instrument Ground Instructor.


Ryan loves sharing aviation and looks forward to working with you to accomplish your aviation goals and make your dreams a reality!

5 useful questions to ask an instructor:

Why did you become a flight instructor?
Regardless of the answer, the way an instructor talks about why they fly is what is important. Look for someone that is excited by teaching. They should have a genuine interest in giving others the gift of flight.

How long have you been flight instructing?
Some Instructors have thousands of hours under their belts and have been flight instructing for their entire careers. Others have a few hundred and are just beginning. A seasoned instructor will have a lot of experience but may have a set teaching style. A freshly minted instructor has less aircraft time but is able to relate to common learning obstacles, having undergone their own flight training in the not too distant past. There are advantages to both types of instructor.

How do you keep track of your student’s progress?
Using a syllabus is essential so that both student and instructor can track progress and milestones so make sure your instructor uses one. Talk to other students and ask them what kind of reading their doing, what books they’re using and the type of homework they’re getting. There should ALWAYS have some type of “homework” assignment at the end of each lesson.

What is your availability?
Some instructors are part-time and work separate jobs during the week. Others are full-time, but may want to have personal and family time on the weekends. Find an instructor with compatible availability. Flying at least twice a week is the best way to progress quickly through accomplishments with less effort and less overall costs. Choosing an instructor that is able to fly on the same schedule helps to keep flight training on a consistent path.

I’ve heard people talk about “stalling an airplane.” Can you tell me what it means?
This is a classic question. Regardless of knowing what an “aircraft stall” is or not, how an instructor explains this concept will give great insight into how they can explain concepts. Are they patient? Do they use simple terminology that is easy to understand? Do they ask questions to make sure their student understands, or do they over simplify to brush off the question? Find an instructor whose instructing style is a good match.