There are hearts breaking wide open all over the world tonight. Why? Because, CFI Nik Joshi is off the market. He is 100% prime-time engaged! Congratulations to Nik and his fiancé on their recent engagement that took place over gorgeous Lake Tahoe. Even though it did involve an air sickness bag (long story but no puking). Guys...your girlfriends are going to start thinking a flight over Tahoe is a proposal. Maybe start heading to Lovelock and mix it upon a bit Congratulations to Nik!! We are so happy for you two.
It is so cool to see where aviation is taking you all! Check out Mariah kicking butt and taking names in the T-6II egress trainer! Mariah earned her Private Pilot at GBA in September 2020 and is now in Navigator school with the Air Force. Good things truly come to those that hustle.
Determination is a positive emotional feeling that involves persevering towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles. Anwar Mack is no stranger to hard work and has been faced with obstacles but overcame them one at a time the last several years as he kept pushing toward his goal of becoming a private pilot. Today, he can celebrate all the little moments, “ headaches," weather cancellations, moves to different cities/states, and time management struggles that led to being handed that temporary airmen certificate this morning..Anwar Mack is a Private Pilot!! Anwar flew with schools in a couple different states as he completed medical school and began his career as a physician. A recent move to Reno with his wife allowed him to accomplish something he once thought was just a dream. But look at him now!! Power on turning stalls, short field landings, steep turns…Anwar can seriously fly! Congratulations to Anwar and all the time and hard work you put into earning this huge accomplishment. Pinch yourself because it is not a dream. You made it a reality! Congratulations as well to his instructors Danny, Nik and Sean!
Shining Sun + Calm Winds + Prepared Student Pilot = Perfect Solo Conditions….and that is exactly what happened today! Riis Mendelsohn soloed in N752DW at KRTS, runway 08. Ethan Chinowsky, his CFI, knew today was the day as he grabbed the handheld radio and met Riis out by the plane. They proceeded to Stead, flew a few laps, stopped, kicked about 200lbs of New Zealand lamb out of the cockpit, and Riis taxied and took off on his own getting to experience the joy of solo flight. Ethan watched from the sidelines as he let his first solo bird out of the nest. Such a memorable flight for this bay area transplant. Not a bad way to be welcomed to the area. Congratulations Riis for your first solo flight and Ethan for your first solo student!!
This morning life definitely threw Hal some lemons, but he just chucked them right back and proceeded to make his way to the airport for a very important appointment that ended with a temporary airmen certificate!! Hal Jin is now a private pilot!! Luckily the winds calmed enough to be within his go-no-go standards as he took off to the north to show he is proficient in private pilot maneuvers. Hal has done all of his Private Pilot training in the 152 and is GBA’s first pilot to earn his wings in this fun, little trainer. Hal works in the financial industry and can now expand his talent for numbers to continue creating the most impressive flight plans, aircraft performance calculations, and weight and balance. Hal has been working relentlessly and can now celebrate those efforts paying off! All those small steps led to this amazing accomplishment! Congratulations to Hal and his instructor Tristan Armstrong!!
(The picture below is not actually Hal on his checkride, he got out of here before we could force him to take a picture. But, after watching Denny in his RV-7, this is what the 152 dreams of doing)
Our roving reporter, Chris Buckely, has achieved something newsworthy yet again. The local aviatrix, call sign pink flamingo, has earned her tailwheel endorsement!! Buckley is quickly become what some might call a legend here at GBA. Next up for her is her CFI! Awesome job Buckley!!
What does UNR, a tub of mayonnaise, and N2291C all have in common? Jack Darlington! Why you may ask….well, first, Jack is a former UNR wide receiver and alumni (Go Pack!). Second, he is a regional manager for a major food distributor (ask him about buying mayo and ranch at quantity). And third, he flew N2291C this afternoon and is now a commercial pilot!! That’s right, Jack earned his Commercial Pilot Certificate today as he battled some pretty crazy crosswinds. He maneuvered the aircraft successfully and safely through his commercial procedures, nailing his power-off 180 then made his way back into KRNO and got that confirmation fist bump (no handshakes with COVID)! Jack was immediately hounded by GBA staff to start working on his CFI. However, we will first let him have a night to celebrate. Huge congratulations to Jack and his instructor Tristan on this awesome accomplishment!! Now start working on your FOI :)
Crazy winds and low ceilings are not ideal for flight training, however, they are awesome conditions for ground school and SIM time! Check out CFI Ethan and his student Brandon making the most of the cruddy weather. Book ground school sessions and sim time on our Redbird TD2 in FSP. Let us know if you need help!
Congratulations to GBA pilot Wynne Allen on her recent graduation and commitment to serve as a United States Naval Officer. What an incredible journey for her!! Next step is jumping right into her Naval Aviator training. While we miss Wynne’s wonderfulness around the office and ramp, we are so excited to see where this journey takes her. Thank you Wynne for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. “The only easy day was yesterday.”
What is the best thing to come out of Kentucky beside bourbon and fried chicken? Joe Lovely!! This native Kentuckian showed he had the skills to fly the Nevada sky as he soloed this morning at KRTS, runway 32 in N328ME. Joe shared the Stead sky with a few hot air balloons as he flew his first several PIC laps. His instructor Sean Torbett watched from the ramp, probably shivering a bit, but excited to see his student reach this milestone. Joe started flying in Kentucky then moved out here for work. Once he got settled, he picked up where he left off but had to learn a new plane, new area, and how to work with a new instructor. It all worked out because today this guy was cut loose! Joe's excitement back in the office was as full as a tick on a coon hound’s back (it is a Kentucky thing). We even got a little dance out of him. A huge congratulations to Joe and Sean!!
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.