Let's raise a glass (shaken, not stirred) to Colin Powell, who just earned his Instrument Rating and proved that hard work truly pays off – even when the skies are as cloudy as a shaken martini! Despite facing some turbulent weather along the way, Colin, our master mixologist by night and aviator by day, stayed positive and focused on his goal, and the result is nothing short of impressive! From crafting the perfect cocktail to mastering precision approaches, Colin's dedication and precision behind the bar have translated seamlessly into the cockpit. And let's not forget to tip our hats to his CFII, Ryan Mill, for shaking up the perfect blend of guidance and support throughout this high-flying journey! Great job Colin!! May your skies be clear, your horizons limitless, and your drinks always served with a twist of success! Cheers to your next adventure!
Huge congratulations to Kevin Linderman, who this evening took his first solo flight and tasted the sweet freedom of the skies!! Despite juggling a hectic schedule – from full-time work to wrangling farm animals, chasing after kids, and still finding time to pursue his passion for hunting and outdoor adventures, he's added learning to fly to his impressive list of accomplishments! Even with the weather delays and busy days, Kevin stayed determined and focused on his goal, and the result speaks for itself – pure, unadulterated freedom in the air! Soloing at KSPZ, runway 06, in N37JA was just the beginning of Kevin's journey into the wild blue yonder. Huge shoutout to his CFI, Nathan Morin, for guiding him through every twist and turn of this exhilarating adventure! Kevin's story is a reminder that no matter how busy life gets, there's always room to spread your wings and chase your dreams. So here's to embracing the thrill of the unknown, seizing every opportunity, and soaring to new heights – both in the air and in life!
Let's give a warm round of applause to our very own Zach Heywood, who just earned his wings as a private pilot amidst winter's chills! Despite facing some frosty challenges – from storm delays to CFI turnover (the good kind) – he heatedly persevered through it all with sheer determination and grit. Not only does Zach soar through the skies, but he also keeps us cozy as a cuddly blanket with his full-time hustle in HVAC. Talk about juggling hot and cold! And word on the street is, he still manages to find time to enjoy his favorite winter snack – tacos, with a side of extra hot sauce to battle the chill. Now that's what we call a winter warrior! Zach, your radiant smile and unwavering focus warm our hearts. Massive kudos to Nik Joshi and Eric Harned for keeping up with Zach's high-flying aspirations! Keep defying gravity, Zach – the sky's the limit (pun intended)! We're absolutely blown away by your achievements and can't wait to see where your aviation adventure takes you next.
Huge congratulations to Nick Sundstrom, the sky’s newest adventurer! Let’s give three thunderous cheers for Nick as he soars into the blue yonder with his wings of freedom! What an epic journey it has been to conquer the private pilot checkride, but Nick handled it like a true champ, showcasing his skill, grace, and the right stuff for the skies! With Hailey’s helpful ground school nudges and CFI Ryan Mill’s expert guidance, Nick aced his training and soared through his ground school with flying colors! Now, with his certificate of freedom in hand, Nick can take just a little break and trade the classroom for the great outdoors (until instrument ground school starts) and shred some pow pow like a pro! Way to go, Nick! The sky’s the limit for your next adventure!
Hold the phone. Did you hear? Kevin Munson, computer science wizard, simulator master, and G1000 princess has perfected the art of flying in the clouds and is now an instrument rated pilot! And what a beautiful day to do it! After getting bounced around due to Reno’s most recent weather temper-tantrums, Kevin kept a level head and held out for the beautiful weather that we’ve all been waiting for. Kevin has been working incredibly hard to get to this point, from juggling his schoolwork at UNR for his computer science degree to committing to the meticulous training of instrument, he’s done an amazing job and now it’s time to celebrate! Amazing work to Kevin and his partner in crime, CFIII Shane Smith, on this amazing accomplishment!
Wow! What an exhilarating journey for Joe Arango, now soaring high as a private pilot! Amidst the unpredictable weather, Joe seized the moment to flaunt his incredible skills up in the skies, and boy, did he shine! From navigating through challenges to landing back into KRNO as a certified private pilot, Joe's journey is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Despite his packed schedule, Joe's dedication shines through, especially in his role on the night crew, where he ensures planes are prepped and ready for action under the moonlight. It's a testament to his relentless work ethic and passion for aviation. Huge congratulations, Joe! Your hard work has truly paid off, and let's not forget to applaud Nathan Morin, his exceptional CFI, for guiding him along every step of this thrilling adventure! Here's to many more adventures and blue skies ahead!
Big news in the sky! Elliott (two l's and two t's so he is balanced) Canaday just joined the soloed pilot club! He spread his wings for the first time at KSPZ, runway 06, in N37JA. A true Reno native and dedicated girl dad, Elliott traded tea parties and Frozen marathons for the thrill of the skies, showcasing some seriously impressive landings and pattern work. Not just a pilot in training, Elliott's also a master of time management, balancing quality time with his amazing wife and daughter, full-time duties with the Nevada Air National Guard, and his love for flying. Oh, and let's not forget his knack for enlightening us about the joys of long C-130 flights and his undying passion for Disney on Ice! Keep up the fantastic work, Elliott! Private pilot status is just around the corner! Massive shoutout to his CFI, Grant Muzzio, for guiding him on this incredible journey through the clouds!
Breaking through the clouds, we're overjoyed to announce that today, the skies gained a new luminary – Sunny Haight, Northern Nevada's latest Private Pilot! Sunny isn't just a name; it's an embodiment of her radiant attitude and the positivity she spreads wherever she soars. This remarkable, hard working, wife and mom embarked on the ultimate journey, commuting from the sun-kissed (and often fogged in) shores of Monterey, CA, to finish fulfilling her pilot dreams right here at GBA. Today, in perfect harmony, everything aligned, and Sunny gracefully soared into success – a testament to her unwavering dedication and the incredible heights one can achieve with determination! Great job as well to her guide in the sky, CFI, Nik Joshi, who played a pivotal role in this breathtaking journey! Sunny, you've not only earned your wings but have also become a beacon of inspiration for us all. Here's to countless blue-sky adventures and the limitless horizons ahead!
Fellow aviators, hold onto your hair gel! Today, not only did Trey Casini's hair defy gravity, but so did he! We're thrilled to announce that the man with the legendary locks has just earned his Flight Instructor Certificate! Coveted blue plane on the wall, stylish hair, and now he's ready to teach YOU how to fly with the grace of a runway model! Trey, the master of the lake commute and full-time school juggle, has officially upgraded his aviation status. We're not sure if it's the hair or the wings, but something magical is happening here! Trey has excelled in his flight training, earning all of his certificates and ratings here at GBA (hence the blue plane), all while also being one of our ground instructors. We can't wait to see the heights Trey reaches with his newfound pilot prowess. Major kudos to Trey's hair-jealous CFI, Richard Brong – the man who witnessed the ascent of not just an aviator but a follicular phenomenon! Talk to Trey is you want to see what dedication and hard work can do!
We've got some serious aviation magic to share! Meet the legend, Shane Havens – the pilot who's not afraid to clock in some serious road time from Winnemucca, is crafting his own winged masterpiece, and has been giving his all to flight training these past months. The moment we've all been waiting for is here – Shane just nailed it and officially earned his wings as a Private Pilot! Despite the unpredictable weather trying to play spoiler this month, Shane found the perfect window to soar through his checkride with style. Sure, Shane's heart may forever beat for the trusty C172, but he's gearing up to own the skies with his very own, personally built RV-10! What can’t this guy do?? He is a force of nature, and now he's added the title of Private Pilot to his already impressive collection of achievements. Awesome job Shane for this incredible milestone, and a massive shoutout to his co-pilot through it all, Instructor Extraordinaire, Kevin Marshall! Shane, spread those wings wide and soar high – we'll be watching for you cruising right passed us at 170kts in your RV!
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