Today has been such a beautiful day to fly and even a more beautiful day to earn a Private Pilot Certificate! That is exactly what Nathan Morin did today!! Nathan’s life is everything aviation. He works in aviation, flies, studies aviation, is an avid planespotter, and pretty much lives, eats, and breathes airplanes. He started working on his PPL last summer and today he celebrated the efforts of all that hard work. He flew N752DW in the north valleys and showed his proficiency in all required maneuvers. Nathan was given some crazy vectors on his way out and back in due to the increased traffic in the pattern and at the airport, but handled them like a pro. Next step is instrument then on to commercial. Awesome job as well to his instructors Levi Mellows and Matt Stubblefield. We are so excited for you Nathan!! Keep up the momentum!
One more huge congratulations to another freshly licensed private pilot!! Alexis Ramirez earned his PPL today in N752DW as he flew over Northern Nevada and demonstrated proficiency in all his private pilot maneuvers. Great timing for Alexis as he is coming off a tough weekend with the 49ers loss :) Alexis is another goal driven student. Earned his Bachelors degree at 19, been working full time and focusing on his “what comes next.” Alexis is looking at several routes with the doors his license opens including military aviation. We are so happy for Alexis and his future plans. Congrats as well to his instructor Danny Britson!
Congratulations to Caitlin Burke who became a licensed pilot early this morning. Caitlin passed the oral portion of the checkride a while ago but kept getting delayed on the flight portion due to our winter weather. Caitlin, a local engineer, has been having so much flying with her instructor Stephen Weaver. She is super dedicated and worked so hard toward this goal. But this unstoppable gal isn’t done yet! She is now focused on her instrument rating and, after a well earned break, she will be back in the sky. Awesome job Caitlin and Stephen!! We know there will be plenty of celebrating today :)
Ending the week, and the month on a high note, Reed Bennett passed his private pilot checkride today!! If the checkride doesn’t make you nervous already, Reed not only flew with a new examiner in the right seat, but also a FAA Administrator in the back seat. He showed them his skills as the flew around the Stagecoach/Silver Springs area and then greased his landing back into KRNO and heard the words every private pilot applicant wants to hear, “Congratulations, you are a pilot!” Reed has been flying relentlessly the past couple months to earn this privilege. The added stresses of the checkride didn’t phase Reed. He almost aced his written so he was well prepared for the oral and the flight was next to perfection. Congratulations as well to his instructor Bob Bennett!
Great Basin Aviation is turning 2!! Come by tomorrow (2/1) and celebrate with us as we feast on cake and share the day with all of you that have helped us grow. Since we became Great Basin Aviation on February 1, 2018, we have soloed 59 students, have 39 students who earned their Private Pilot, 14 Instrument Rated Pilots, 7 Commercial Pilots, 6 CFIs, and 5 CFIIs. 35 of those successes were in 2018, 87 in 2019, and so far 8 in 2020. This does not include flight reviews and pilots that have gotten back into the sky through our rusty pilot program. Great Basin started with two aircraft and grew to nine. Started with three instructors and now have 20. Again, this success is because of students, renters, and aviation advocates and enthusiasts like you!
Come by and celebrate, enjoy some cake, and show your family the aircraft you love to fly! Office will be open at 8am tomorrow morning. We hope to see you and thank you again for choosing Great Basin Aviation!
Congratulations to Ethan Chinowsky who earned his Commercial Pilot's License today!! Ethan is on the fast track. Recently earned his Private Pilot and Instrument. However, he has been flying for several years in New Zealand on that license. It is in his blood...Ethan flew a plane before he could drive a car. Ethan is also a full time mechanical engineering student at UNR (Go Pack!!) and a supervisor at the UNR Starbucks. Next step is CFI which he is already working on. Awesome job Ethan and congrats as well to his instructors Matt Stubblefield and Ryan McMaster!
Congratulations to Mark Montague who earned his CFII rating today!! Talk about an accomplished aviator...Mark is a retired United Captain, Gold Seal Instructor, our area's Glider DPE, and also is Great Basin Aviation’s Chief CFI. Mark brings so much experience to GBA, as well as a huge supply of wit and jokes :) We are beyond fortunate to have him as part of the team. We are so happy for Mark and the instruction and experience he can now pass on to instrument students. Congratulations as well to his instructor Eric Tallberg!
Congratulations to David Mansfield who now is a licensed pilot!! David passed his checkride in N37JA today as the wind gave him some extra challenges while he showed off his skills for his examiner. It never fails, when David flies, the weather gets a bit crazy. Today was no different. He managed 22 knot gusts in Carson and crosswind landings in Dayton then bounced his way back into Reno and was given his temporary certificate. David’s path to private pilot was a family affair. His four kids (5-11) and his wife sat around the table and learned flight planning and helped him study for his knowledge test and oral exam. There will definitely be a huge Brother’s BBQ celebration at the Mansfield house tonight! Congratulations as well to his instructor Nick Mahan! David is wasting no time and starting right in on his instrument rating. We are so happy for you David!
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.