You know the pilot is serious when they get out and paint their own runway markings. That’s what you can usually find Sergio Callegari doing, but not today...On this last day of January, he earned the difficult to achieve Instrument Pilot rating! Sergio flew N2291C around Northern Nevada on this beautiful, picturesque day without being able to see a thing. This pilot works construction at airports in the state of Nevada and has been poking holes in the sky since earning his private pilot in Susanville in 2008. Congratulations to Sergio and his instructor Cody Lucero! Nice job. Stop watching "The Greatest Showman" (even though we and his kids agree the music is incredible) and start working on that Commercial! 😁
How do you tell an engineer to do something you want them to do? You tell them it’s “impossible” … and did Scott do the impossible today! Starting out in the backseat while his son, Reese Davis, went through his training, Scott inevitably caught the itch for flying. With his son away at bootcamp, Scott began his training. Today, Scott Davis soloed N752DW at KSPZ and greased all three of his landings while his instructor, Cody Lucero, watched his first solo student take flight from the sidelines!! All in perfect timing, too! Reese Davis has come home from bootcamp and tech school and can now share this incredible moment with his father. Congratulations to Scott Davis and his instructors, Cody Lucero and Danny Britson on this incredible milestone! Let’s get that private!!
There are no ifs, ands, or putts about it, John Sande is officially a Private Pilot!! Instead of hitting hole-in-ones at the golf course on this beautiful day, John Sande was up drilling holes in the sky all while displaying his mastery of skill and knowledge in yet another facet of his life. What’s another impressive skill to add onto the list? John isn’t a stranger to aviation by any means, though, growing up as a kid, you could find little John and his father with their eyes pointed skyward as they watched the machines circle around him. John can now stop the dreaming and fly in his own circles, even if it is only at 90kts. That Cirrus has never looked better, huh John? 😉 Congratulations on this amazing success, golf-father and his instructor Ethan Chinowsky ! You’re the best by parr… okay I’ll stop now.
Friendly reminder for students looking for scholarship opportunities! Below is a list of available scholarships, three of which are local.
Just a little over a week left to submit your RTAG Scholarship application. All applications need to be in my 1/31. RTAG has a mailbox here at Atlantic Aviation so if you run close to the deadline, you can bring it in with you and we will show you which box is theirs. Below is the link to learn more about the Private Pilot, Advanced, and Tailwheel scholarships that are being offered. These scholarships are a great way to help with the cost of flight training: https://www.renoaviation.org/scholarship
Next, the RARA scholarships through the Ray Foundation for students 16-22 also closes on 1/31. The link for more information regarding this incredible $10,000 opportunity is https://airrace.org/flight-training-scholarships/.
The window for AOPA scholarships is still open as well until February 11th. That information is available at this link: https://www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/students/flight-training-scholarships.
Last, but definitely not least, the Reno Area Chapter of the Ninety Nines also has Private Pilot, Advanced, Re-Currency, and UAS scholarships available. We have a flyer hanging in the office and can also email it to you if you are interested. Applications for these scholarships are due by March 7th.
Please let us know how we can help!
Guess who took a break from shredding the pow-pow to get his Private Pilot Certificate? Ryan Mills!! Ryan came, he thawed, and he conquered. Today he learned that with great powder comes great responsibility as he was handed that coveted temporary private pilot certificate! Ryan had some weather set backs but came back once it cleared and flew like there is snow tomorrow to prepare for today. He already got himself enrolled in the instrument syllabus before he left the office today. Talk about getting this snow on the road! He also wished for some big storms so he can hit the slopes…if it grounds us we will let you where he lives :) Awesome job to Ryan and his CFI Kurtis Hornung! Ski ya later!
Aviation can take you anywhere, but where do you take aviation? Meaning GBA swag. Send us your pictures of where you are showing off your GBA pride. See a couple below. David, GBA renter and C172 belly washer took his GBA to Tokyo. Cody, GBA CFI represented in Half Moon Bay. Let's see where you show it off! Send your pictures into goflying@greatbasinaviation and we will post them here.
There is a newly soloed student pilot at GBA!! N495SP on 16L at KRNO will forever be an awesome memory for Shane Smith. He definitely has something to celebrate! And once he is done living large, he can think about how to capitalize on this milestone and finish his private pilot training. When he is not shredding the pow-pow or exploring new adventures, Shane can be found behind the yoke of a super sleek Cessna 172. This UNR grad also works full time and maintains 100% enthusiasm and dedication for aviation. He always comes prepared for his lessons and ready to learn from his CFI, Ethan Chinowsky. Shane has now moved to a new level, but he knows it is not all downhill from here. Earning this new privilege also brings up new challenges. But, that exuberance he feels after losing the 200lb “Lambchop” that squishes in next to him in that tiny cockpit, is just a sample of what it will be like once he completes his training. Awesome job to both Shane and Ethan!
Few things in life are as gratifying as getting your private pilot’s certificate. Mark Conklin realized that today! Over the course of a couple years, work, life, and all the other things that can be obstacles, Mark stayed persistent and overcame. He spent long hours studying everything from aerodynamics and weather to mechanical systems and airspace. He practiced steep turns, short field landings, and pilotage until he could do them in his sleep. And in spite of some restless nights and lots of sweat in the days leading up to his check ride, especially this morning, he showed the examiner that he is airworthy!! Now that the sky, quite literally, is the limit, what’s next? We will let him celebrate a bit, breathe a little, let it all sink in, then go have some fun exploring the sky! Awesome job Mark and congratulations as well to his CFI Chris Buckley!
"Do or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda
“Do" is exactly what awesome aviatrix and avid Star Wars fan Kaitlin Hughes did today as she used the force (her own amazing abilities) to demonstrate her private pilot skills like she was making the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs. End result, Kaitlin Hughes is now a private pilot. Holy Snokes!! The force is strong with this one. She went after her flight certificate like an exogorth going after the Millennium Falcon. All while attending college, working full time, pit crewing at the Air Races, and being the Treasurer extraordinaire for the local Women in Aviation chapter. What’s next for this Red Leader? Start logging those cross country hours for her Instrument Rating. You can’t stop her progress any more than you can stop the suns from setting. Great job Kaitlin and awesome job as well to her Scruffy-looking Nerf Herder instructor, Ethan Chinowksy! You are both one in a Maul-lion.
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