Congratulations to Andy Abramson who earned his Private Pilot Certificate today!! Andy demonstrated his ability to safely and proficiently fly N495SP around Northern Nevada and meet all the requirements of a private pilot. Andy had a couple new challenges besides the stress of this test…He was flying in the bay area until COVID-19 slowed things down and halted his training. Coming to GBA, he had to learn a new plane, work with a new CFI, new geographical area, new airports, and new airspace. We all know this is a unique area to fly but Andy was able to quickly adapt and succeed. Andy has been traveling back and forth the last couple weeks to complete his training while also working full time. He has a genuine love of flying and can now share that joy with his wife, who is also working on her private pilot. A will finds a way and today Andy found that way! Awesome job to Andy and his CFI Levi Mellows!!
It is so exciting to see past students fulfilling their dreams! Connor Mannix soloed in N2291C in 2017 and went on to get his PPL and instrument rating through GBA. He was set to get his commercial but he earned a pilot slot with the United States Navy and was quickly sent off to Officer Candidate School, then immediately started his flight training. Yesterday, Connor soloed in the T-6. Congratulations Connor!! You have accepted a selfless calling and we love watching you progress. Keep up the awesome work!
Congratulations to Cory Kleidosty who soloed in N495SP at KRTS, runways 08 and 14 today! Cory had an exciting first solo flight changing runways and traffic patterns due to the shifting winds at Stead. His instructor, Levi Mellows had full confidence in Cory’s ability as he greased his landings then taxied back to pick him up. Cory’s amazing smile was permanently plastered on his face when he got back. Such a huge step in his aviation journey and path to a career in aviation. Enjoy the celebration Cory!!
As we start to warm up again, there is no better, calmer time to fly than 6am. Yes, it is rough to roll out of bed, but you are rolling out of bed to go fly!! Best way to start your day is a few thousand feet above the ground in our scenic Northern Nevada skies. Here is CFI Levi and his dedicated, early rising student Dallin, preflighting N495SP to head out to the north practice area before the winds and heat pick up. Several of our instructors and all aircraft are available starting at 6am for our summer hours.
Today is Armed Forces Day. Let us celebrate the force of the United States Military. Today, and everyday, we pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ Armed Forces. America is great because of you.
The stories behind gift certificates are always the best...Meet Cathi who earned her PPL back in the early 70s. She has not flown since 1974 when she got married and started her family. Her super sweet husband, Mike, bought her a gift certificate to get back up in the air and today she redeemed it. Cathi, Mike, and CFI Levi hopped into N752DW and Cathi got a bit of her wings back as she maneuvered the plane around Tahoe and back into Reno. There are no words to describe her smile when she walked back into the office after her flight. Once aviation gets in your system, you never get rid of it. Congratulations to Cathi for getting back up in the sky!
Another gorgeous day in the Northern Nevada which means a perfect day to fly! While the focus of GBA is instruction, we also do rent aircraft. Here is CFI Nik conducting a renter checkout with a fellow Guardsman. Nik is an Aviation Maintenance Officer at the Nevada Air National Guard. He obviously cannot get enough of aviation, because before and after his shifts, he is here instructing, flying, and helping around the office. When you are ready to get back in the air and knock some dust off, reach out to Nik! His schedule is loaded in FSP.
Congratulations to Jackson Bellard, Reno's newest private pilot! Jackson is a very motivated young man...He is a senior at Galena High School, relaxes by strumming on his banjo, teaches golf to little kids, and recently found out he earned a full ride scholarship to University of Texas, Austin, for four years in their aerospace engineering program. Jackson was in the running for the 40 Acres Scholarship with about 3,800 other students, interviewed and earned a place in 2024 cohort. But he is no stranger to scholarships, he has been able to complete most of his flight training on the EAA Tinker Murdock Family Scholarship. Jackson knows that his success is based on the effort he puts into things. He flew N495SP around Northern Nevada proficiently demonstrating the skills his instructor Levi Mellows taught him. Jackson landed and was welcomed by his parents and a congratulating banner. Awesome job Jackson!! “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Jackson’s next goal is instrument and he is already asking how to get started. No stopping this guy! Congratulations to both Jackson and Levi!!
Our new Wall of Fame is up!! Come find your name and see the list of your accomplishments. For all the FSA folks, we have your sheet in a memory binder here in the office. You can thumb through it anytime. Thank you all for flying with GBA!! We are so appreciative of you and we love being part of your aviation success! Whose name will be up there next?
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.