Talk to me Goose! Sure, Maverick might think he’s cool in his F-14 in tandem with his homie Goose as they buzz the tower, but they’ve got nothing on Jeff Wood, who just wrapped up his instrument checkride in the mighty Cessna 172! Jeff is an intelligence officer (with emphasis on intelligence) at the Top Gun facility in Fallon by day, and private pilot with a newly minted instrument rating by night! No, Jeff and his examiner didn’t get completely inverted, but he demonstrated a high level of proficiency recovering from unusual attitudes and flying a number of complex instrument approaches with greater precision than Maverick can only dream about! He was sure to not lose that lovin' feeling as he reported Jintu and proved he has what it takes to fly safely in the clouds! Congratulations to Jeff and his CFII Cody Lucero! Now onto Commercial!!
Preston is now officially an airplane pilot!! Mr. Glider CFI decided to pursue something with power and, despite the cruddy weather, progressed through his training to a successful checkride. We could make a lot of glider jokes but Preston is way too nice to poke fun of :) Preston has not only battled the weather with regard to flying, but also driving. When he wasn’t shoveling off his roof, he was fighting the winter road condition driving in from Truckee. Now that the weather is predicted to get better (in April), Preston will definitely power through his instrument then onto commercial. Having the glider background has been an advantage as a lot of the training, minus power, is similar. Plus, a little wind doesn’t bother him. Awesome job to Preston and his CFI Ryan Mill!
Jeffrey Helf is a private pilot! His training and checkride took place back east, but he is still part of the GBA family. He flew a few flights with CFI Grant Muzzio to prep while he was in town last week for a bowling tournament. Jeffrey has been plagued by weather delays back east too and found a window here to sneak in some last-minute prep. We are so happy for Jeffrey and hope to see him back here soon renting the beloved C172 for some Lake Tahoe sightseeing adventures. Congratulations!!
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Noah Klein is a soloed pilot!! KRNO, runway 17L will always hold a special spot in Noah’s training as that was the spot for his first logged PIC time! Flying solo for this Frat Boy was definitely not Greek. He managed the controls just as well as he manages his college studies…which is with complete focus ;) Despite yesterday being an overindulging holiday, Noah told the Frat bruhs “no” and focused on his flights today. And look what came of his responsible decision! Even though he looked pretty beat up due to a busted blood vessel in his eye (does not change his vision), he was cool, calm, and collected for his memorable flight. When Noah is not mastering his keg stand, he is hard at work with his flight studies, college courses, living the Greek life, and making some side money as a DJ. Live young, wild, and Greek, right Noah? Just not in a GBA plane. Awesome job to Noah and his CFI Chazz Sandoval!
Well, we found who has been begging for all the snow…Alex Monroe, avid shredder and also student pilot. Before you tackle him in the office, know that he likes good flying weather too. This carver does not just sparkle on the slopes, he also is pretty awesome in the cockpit. Today, as we continue to enjoy the gorgeous weather between storms, Alex took a break from the slopes and this evening soloed N670CS at KCXP runway 27! Logging that first entry of PIC time was hard earned. Alex has been faithfully coming in on the limited fly days we have had. When he is not flying, or skiing, he is working full time, and probably dreaming about flying and skiing. A lot in common with his CFI Ryan Mill, another guilty snow craver. You guys can stop asking for it now, let’s get springtime going! Regardless of us putting the weather blame on these two, we are super happy for their success! First solo for Alex and first soloed student for Ryan!! Awesome job guys! Keep up the hard work!
The sun came out and so did the planes!! Too bad Anthony Futch could not enjoy some gorgeous VFR flying. He had to foggle it the whole way. Why, you may ask? Well, Anthony was on his instrument checkride but now can lose the foggles and enjoy the views! That means he passed!!! Anthony powered through the rigorous 141 instrument curriculum very prepared for his checkride. He, like so many of you, dealt with setbacks from the weather but he stayed active with ground, flew the simulator, and went aloft any chance he could get. Anthony might look a bit familiar to - no, not from that most wanted poster you see in the post office, but he is also a line tech at GBA! When he is not flying he is helping you all on the ramp and keeping the airplane bellies clean. Based on his pace with his instrument, you will soon be hearing about him again when he passes his commercial checkride. Awesome job Anthony!! Great job as well to his CFII Danny Britson!
If you want to enjoy the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm. And holy moly, have we had plenty of storms. Jose Saldana endured the storm and today got his rainbow by soloing!! This hard-working aviator has been enduring storm after storm and today got a brief window to get to KRTS and log some PIC time using runway 32. Variable, sometimes surprising winds, a little snow for his CFI Troy waiting on the ramp, made for some unique conditions. Jose put his Northern Nevada flying skills to work and handled it like a seasoned pilot. This soloed aviator does not sit still. He works multiple jobs to achieve his dream of a career in aviation. Between working at the airport, out at the tech center, and others in between, then flight/ground training, he rarely has time for his other love, soccer. Keep working for it Jose! If you do the hard work, it pays off. Today that was evident. Huge congratulations to Jose and his CFI Troy Ware!
Need help studying? Andrew Spanier, GBA commercial student and weekend line tech extraordinaire, has organized a series of ground school study groups. These are not instructor led sessions and no endorsements given. However, the study groups are a great opportunity to work with pilots studying the same material. There is no cost for the groups. All sessions will be held in the large upstairs conference room unless it was previously booked. Signs will be posted for location in those instances. The schedule for study groups in attached. All sessions will begin in April with Private Pilot starting on April 3rd.
Please contact Andrew is you have questions. Andrew.J.Spanier@gmail.com. There is no need to sign up, just show up.
Today our resident hydrologist became a Private Pilot!! Daniel Newton holds many titles here at GBA…December Pilot of the Month, Private Pilot, Hydrologist, and a few we cannot post in case kids are reading this ;) Daniel usually goes with the flow, being a hydrologist at all, but today he stood out and demonstrated superior technique in his private pilot skills. He landed back at KRNO in N495SP and heard the congratulatory phase. This weather has been a hindrance to many checkrides but Dan got lucky with a break in the storms. Dan wants to make flying a career and is off to a good start. He is a bit of an over achiever, already has all his knowledge exams done through CFI. Now onto his instrument after he takes an afternoon off to celebrate. Huge congratulations to Dan and this memorable first certificate. Great job as well to his CFIs Kevin Marshall and Jack Darlington!
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