Gentlemen, start your engines!! The one and only, Edby Calderon, professional, local car dealership owner, decided to settle for a pair of wings rather than wheels this afternoon and took to flight all on his own! That’s right, Edby kicked out his instructor, Troy Ware, and soloed on runway 08 at KRTS in N670CS! Edby got to test his aviator skills as the finicky KRTS winds picked up, but nothing the machine-master couldn’t handle! It’s apparent that Edby loves the purr of an engine. Even if this one moves a little slower than what he might be used to. Congratulations to Edby and his instructor Troy on this accomplishment! Now let’s get that PPL!
It's 7am, 16 degrees on the ramp, and these guys are smiling...why you may ask? They are going flying!! Beautiful weather today to get at it! Just what Kaitlyn drives over a hour for on these chilly mornings. Here she is with her CFI Lambchop heading out to start the day on a high note (literally). 🚀
While most people were calling it a day because of winds and turbulence, Dylan Zinio decided to go earn his Private Pilot Certificate! This hard working member of the Nevada Air National Guard has been balancing work, life, and full time school at UNR. He thinks pretty highly of back country pilots, watching Freedom Fox videos late into the night, but we think pretty highly of Dylan for all the dedication and effort he has put in here at GBA. His awesome goal of a career in military aviation is now that much closer. Congratulations to you, Dylan, and to your instructor, Jack Darlington! You’ve done well! Now get off YouTube and start working on your instrument rating 😊
What’s an ag pilot doing at the controls of a 172? Shooting a few precision and non-precision approaches into Reno. That’s what! That’s exactly what Donavyn Morris did today when he piloted N2291C to a successful instrument checkride. Donavyn has been making the trip in from Orovada by plane or car to get this rating knocked out. That’s dedication! When not working on this rating and putting up with an instructor who won’t shut up about baseball (looking at you Ethan), he’s racing dirt bikes, flying a Decalathon, hanging out with his girlfriend and his dogs, or working hard on the airplanes in his family’s Ag business as an A&P (yep, he know how to fix planes too!) Congrats Donavyn! You earned this! Now go relax a bit before you start on that Commercial! Congrats to his instructor, Ethan Chinowsky, too!
Wait, didn’t we just have an announcement of an Eder earning her Private Pilot’s License? Why, yes we did! Today, Gwen Eder, the friendly face so many of us see at the counter coming and going from Atlantic, soared to check-ride success in N752DW! Gwen is also a flight attendant but got tired of looking at the back of the door to the flight deck. She has been been working diligently at this rating with her instructor, Kurtis Horning, and heard the announcement every newly minted pilot cherishes, “YOU PASSED!” Gwen is even the secretary of the Sierra Battleborn chapter of Women in Aviation. Can you see Gwen and her sister cruising along to destinations around the country in a Cessna? I’m seeing a movie in the works. Nice job!
“Oh? You said you needed to see my Driver’s License… sorry, I thought you said my private pilot license, I’m kind of a big deal.” – These are the words of someone with a million awesome points, and that someone today is Dayna Eder! Dayna Eder, GBA’s prime-time doughnut consumer, is officially a certified private pilot! Coming down from Truckee, flying nearly five days a week, and being an influential member of WAI’s Sierra Battle Born chapter, this inspiring aviatrix has worked diligently over the last couple of months to reach this point, and now she can finally flaunt that certificate everywhere she goes! It's incredible to see the progression towards private pilot, and that’s why we give our biggest congratulations to Dayna Eder and her instructor, Kurtis Hornung, on reaching this extraordinary milestone! Let’s keep chasing this dream and enjoy that box of doughnuts 😉
Hip hip, hooray! Lloyd Decker, local chiropractor, and now a fully soloed student pilot, did not crack under pressure as he demonstrated his skills by taking on Runway 08 at KRTS. All heads turned without a kink as this local Doc took N328ME to the sky this time without his CFI, Richard Brong. Lloyd flew his first few laps of freedom with no adjustment needed. Congratulations to Lloyd Decker and his instructor Richard Brong on this crack-a-lackin huge milestone. Time to crack down and study for that Private!
Kevin Munson, computer scientist and flight simulator extraordinaire, was able to put his practice and skills to the ultimate test yesterday afternoon when he soloed in none other than N495SP, the plane he took his discovery flight in, at KRTS!! Kevin has been balancing his college and aviation life for the last couple months and finally was able to kick his instructor, Troy Ware, out of the cockpit to bask in the glory of solo flight. Kevin is incredibly interested in instrument flying and advancing his skills in N2291C. All in time, young grasshopper 😉. Congratulations to Kevin Munson and his instructor Troy Ware on this amazing accomplishment! Let’s keep this progress going as we work towards that Private!!
What do you do when you’re bored? Learn a new hobby. What do you do when you have a lot of hobbies? Work on a degree in engineering at UNR, apparently. What do you do when you have a lot of hobbies like photography, mountain biking, cooking, dogs, AND you’re working on an engineering degree at UNR? Why you learn to fly, of course! Today, that was Mason Solberg as he soared to a successful check-ride in N495SP. This talented young aviator showed he had the discipline and skill to fly to certification. It has been great seeing Mason grow! Good job on the rating. Maybe now Dad will loan you the keys to the 182? Congrats to his instructor, Richard Brong, too.
Happy 4th Birthday to GBA! Come by, say hi, and have some cake!
What an incredible adventure it has been! Over the last 4 years the GBA team has soloed 141 students and trained 178 successful checkrides for certificates and ratings, private pilot to CFII. You all are the heart and soul of this business. Simply speaking, there would be no GBA without you and your loyalty. Thank you for putting your trust in GBA. We are passionate about aviation and will continue to work to provide the best aircraft and instruction possible. Thank you again for being part of GBA!
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