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Wes Irish, ATP
Certified Flight Instructor / Professional Pilot

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I have always wanted to fly ever since I was a young kid. In 1997, I took the first step and started flying, eventually earning my private pilot's license. Since then, my passion for aviation has only continued to grow. Over the years I have gone on to become a ground instructor, certified flight instructor, and professional pilot. Being an instructor allows me to share my love of aviation with others and help others achieve their goals of flight and personal and professional development.

I'm an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI and CFII) with a number of ratings and certificates, including: Airplane Multi-Engine Land (AMEL), Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL), Type Rating for the Cessna Citation CJ Jet (CE-525 Type), Gyroplane (at the Sport Pilot level), Remote Pilot small UAS (Commercial Drone Pilot), Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI), and Instrument Ground Instructor (IGI). I am affiliated with West Valley Flying Club (WVFC), and was awarded 2016 WVFC CFI of the Year. I instruct at both the SQL and PAO locations. My WVFC CFI page has more information my CFI services through the club. But I am also available for instruction or pilot services on an independent basis.

When I am not instructing I fly as a professional pilot in a variety of piston, turbprop, and jet aircraft. I'm a member of EAA, AOPA, and HAI, and building my own experimental homebuilt aircraft is on my list of things that I would like to do some day. In addition to airplanes I also fly gyroplanes and helicopters, and I'm interested in flying gliders. Every year I try to attend some number of aviation events, some of my favorites include: AirVenture / Oshkosh, Central Sierra Helicopter Meet, and the Ken Brock Freedom Fly-in.

I maintain a simple but useful web page with all sorts of information about flying. I also maintain a link for my students, which is currently a sub-section of my flying page.

My background is in science, engineering, and research. I've held various scientific, technical and leadership positions over the years and have been in the computer and networking field since the late 70's. I spent 18 years with Xerox Corporation, much of it as a Senior Network Scientist at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). I then held Director and Executive positions at various Bay Area universities and start-up companies. I currently run my own consulting business providing expertise in networking and systems issues, data analysis, and other scientific and R&D issues. You can see my Coyote Hill Consulting page and personal home page for more details.

When I'm not flying or consulting, I enjoy a number of other activities. My wife and I enjoy visiting the National Parks, State Parks, Wilderness, BLM land, and other such places in our specially outfitted 4x4 Toyota Tacoma camper. We also enjoy solving puzzles of various forms, including crosswords, sudokus, and other similar brain teasers. I have had a long interest and association with chess, having taught it and championed it in various forums over the years. I also have a background as a certified EMT, Emergency Response Team member, First Aid and AED instructor, and other aspects of medical and emergency training and response. I hold my Amateur Radio Extra Class License and have been a licensed radio operator since 1975.


Wes Irish, ATP
Certified Flight Instructor / Professional Pilot
wirish@coyotehillconsulting.com