Look out world! There'a new Aviatrix in the sky. Nicole Gonzalez soloed in N309PS yesterday as her instructor, Levi Mellows, looked on. Nicole has professional piloting on her radar scope and has been excelling through our program since she started in October. She brings a relaxed 'can-do' attitude to her flying that is wonderful to see. Great job Nicole and great job Levi for this milestone!
Oh dang....look who got his tailwheel endorsement!! Mr. "925" himself, Sam Armstrong. Sam flew the last few evening with CFI/II Bob Bennett and Tristan Armstrong to earn this sweet add-on to his already impressive training thus far. Sam has big, achievable goals in sight and we are excited for his next adventure. Congratulations Sam!!
Check out Mike's gorgeous shot over Walker Lake! Mike and CFI/II Tristan took to the Northern Nevada sky for a beautiful XC flight out to Hawthorne and back. Nothing beats the view from the sky!
Check out this adorable smile!! What would make Jackson Perry, graduated Dartmouth Defensive Lineman, smile this big? It wasn’t taking down the opposing offense…it was his first solo!! That’s right, Jackson soloed today in N670CS, KRNO, on runway 16L. He dropped his instructor Tristan Armstrong off on the Atlantic ramp, taxied back, and took off. Jackson cruised through a few laps in the pattern, had smooth landings and great radio calls. This most memorable flight allowed him to log his first PIC time; a column which is empty no more. Jackson has been going non-stop the past couple weeks, flying everyday, weather permitting. That focus and hard work paid off. Congratulations Jackson!! We are so excited to see what the next few weeks brings. Great job to Tristan as well.
It is true that “a mile of highway will take you a mile. A mile of runway will take you anywhere!” Pilot Cody and his always-up-for-an-adventure navigator Sandra, flew to Half Moon Bay yesterday by way of the popular Bay tour! We are lucky that we are close to so many cool places to fly. Cody takes full advantage of his "wings" and has marked the Grand Canyon, Bay tour, and some other cool places off his list all while logging time toward his advanced ratings in the trusty 172. Use your wings for what you got them for! Get out there and explore
What an incredible response to the first GBA 16L Scholarship! Thank you to all the students who met the age, ground school, and essay requirements. After our independent panel of nine judges reviewed all the applicant information, we are excited to announce the winners or the 16L scholarships are Hailey Bogle and Aaron Karuzas! Both recipients will receive $2500 toward the aircraft rental for their flight training.
Thank you again to everyone who applied. Great feedback from the judges in regard to all the exciting things GBA students want to do in this industry and in our communities to promote aviation. Congratulations again to Hailey and Aaron!! We are excited to assist you as you work toward your aviation goals.
The last aviation Christmas wish was granted this afternoon when Jospeh Stearns soloed!! Joseph had the rare opportunity to solo on not just 16L but also 16R at KRNO in N328ME. He glided the plane onto the runway, touched down, and started up again to log his first several laps of PIC time. Joseph has been doing an incredible job in his training, coming in when he can get a break in the other things in life that keep us out of the cockpit. Today, that time management paid off. Awesome job Joseph!! Enjoy the gift of solo flight! Congratulations as well to his instructors Brenden and Austin!
Christmas came early for one special student…Chris Mitchell must have been on the “nice list” because he is now a private pilot!! Beats the heck out of fruitcake. No tinsel was in a tangle as Chris flew N670CS through the private pilot maneuvers demonstrating he has the skills needed to earn the freedom to fly the beautiful skies! His lights were all a blinking like a well lit Christmas tree. He returned to KRNO to hear those hap-hap-happiest words, “Congratulations!” The best way to spread checkride cheer is singing loud for all to hear! That is exactly what Chris did as he left the office. His huge smile might as well have been a song. Such an awesome accomplishment Chris! Congratulations as well to his instructor Eric Tallberg! Santa is waiting for you to hook that 172 up to the sleigh. Enjoy that fancy eggnog tonight! :)
All posts are either written by Great Basin Aviation's owners Denny Prins and Jenn Fonda, or shared articles from other aviation sites. Source will be referenced in post.