No, it is not déjà vu, but yes, you have seen this name very recently… Anthony Futch is a Commercial Pilot!! Anthony was very well prepared which was evident in his oral exam and his smooth flight. It wasn’t long ago that this high-speed 141 student earned his Instrument Rating. He embraced the rigorous schedule and pretty much lived at GBA (seriously), and in the end, success!! We might even make him the new 141 poster boy. Remember this name because you will be reading about his CFI accomplishment very soon. Awesome job Anthony and also incredible work by his instructor, Danny Britson!
Now that the snow is almost gone, Alex Monroe, avid shredder, has had more time to work on his pilot skills. Today, he showed that he can also shred in the sky because he earned his Private Pilot Certificate!! Nothing like some summer afternoon winds and thermals to add to the mix when trying to demonstrate all required maneuvers within standards. Like hitting the moguls of the sky. No problem for Alex though. He fought through it and definitely worked hard to earn this awesome first step toward a career in aviation. He has successfully balanced work, probably a bunch of fun, family, and flying. It can be done and now Alex will start on that next step, his instrument rating. Relax a little but get right back at it. Huge congratulations to Alex and his CFI Ryan Mill!!
The overachiever achieved again. Dan Newton is now instrument rated! A few clouds, a little fog, no problem, Dan can handle it. If you remember, Dan is the GBA student who completed all of his knowledge exams, Private to CFII, before he started his private pilot training. He is definitely a goal setting, go-getter who is exceeding his own expectations. All while working full time as a hydrologist and providing comic relief in the office (us making fun of him). We truly enjoy having Dan around and are so excited to see his success. It definitely does not come easy but he is putting in the work and seeing results. Awesome job Dan!! Great work as well to his CFII Greg Rudman!
He ran out before we could corner him for a picture so this is his Private Pilot one :)
Austin Fullmer soloed!! What an awesome way to start a morning. Local geological engineer, Austin, got his first PIC time circling, and landing, at KRNO, runway 35R today in N670CS. No pressure at all when you have an audience of his CFI Austin White, commercial airlines, ATC, other CFIs, and other students watching your very first solo landings. But, Austin handled it like a pro, or I guess you can say he “rocked” it (geological engineer and all). Austin is another example of incredible time management. He is at GBA 3-4 times a week flying, goes to work at his engineering job, proudly serves in the Nevada Air National Guard, plus finds time to golf and go camping with his girlfriend. He also passed his knowledge test last week (he was sick of us nagging him) and is on track for his Private Pilot in the next several weeks. Awesome job Austin and Austin! All that hard work is paying off!
Some people are just born to fly. Carson Smith is one of them. Since he was a kid he has been staring toward the sky, enamored by airplanes. Today, the tables turned, and people were staring toward the sky watching him. Carson experienced the sweet freedom of solo flight this morning at KRTS in N495SP. His CFI, Ryan Mill watched from the ramp as Carson flew his most memorable laps. Carson is home from college this summer and powering through a rigorous training schedule. His self-discipline is apparent in everything he does as he is hitting all the marks ahead of schedule. When Carson is not flying, he is staring at airplanes overhead, working out, or busy at his summer job at Chick Fil A. Make sure to say hi to him, as we know many of you frequent that place. It won’t be long and you will reading about his Private Pilot Certificate success. Awesome job Carson!! Great work as well to his CFI Ryan.
Today Nishan felt the need, the need for speed. But 110 knots (if he was lucky) was going to have to suffice. This future fighter pilot, Nishan Riar, soloed today in N328ME at KSPZ, runway 24. Granted he got a little extra speed after booting his CFI Nik Joshi out of the plane, but nothing like a jet. Regardless, he felt the freedom of solo flight. We have been so lucky to have Nishan as part of the GBA team for the last couple years. He started flying here when he was 14. Now he is 16, soloing, having the time of his life, and definitely on track for his private pilot right at 17. With his skills and precision, he will move though his advanced ratings in no time. The best of the best right here. Awesome work Nishan! We are so happy you hit this milestone. Now the real fun begins, just no buzzing the tower. Congratulations as well to his CFI Nik!
While most of us were still half-asleep sipping coffee and catching up on social media (don’t lie, we know you all do it in the morning), go-getter Erik Shy was out soloing in N752DW at KCXP, runway 27! Nothing sets the mood for the day like and early morning solo flight! This was number two for his CFI, Nate Morin, today. Back-to-back solos! Erik, our previous Pilot of the Month, is very rarely not around airplanes. He is either on the west side at work around airplanes all day, or over on the east side flying them. I guess one can say he loves aviation. Which I think that love grew even deeper after today. The first solo is the best flight and one you will always remember. Huge Congratulations Erik and great job again to his CFI Nate!
Paul Grady soloed!! This awesome aviator enjoyed the pattern at Silver Springs this morning without the weight of his CFI, Nate Morin, affecting his aircraft performance. Nate watched from the ramp as Paul demonstrated some “by the book” landings and pattern work in N752DW. Feels good to now have a number in that PIC column. What else can we say about Paul? Well, he did not take his “Tell us About You” paper very seriously. But, we do know he likes pasta and when he grows up he wants to be a grown up…wow, thanks Paul. In all seriousness, we do know he has worked hard and put in the time and effort to hit this most memorable milestone. Plus, he is always in a wonderful mood. But who isn’t after a flight. Nice job Paul! Start adding that PIC time. Great work as well to his CFI Nate!
You know him and you love him… or maybe he’s ratted on you for your watering habits… but regardless, we need to celebrate Alex. That’s right everyone, Alex Ramirez, Ted Lasso’s biggest fanboy and Reno’s cream of the crop water nark, is officially a certified commercial pilot! When Alex isn’t binge watching Ted Lasso or being bullied by the GBA staff, he has been working day in and day out to achieve this amazing accomplishment. It is like Alex fell out of a lucky tree, hit every branch on the way down, ended up in a pool full of cash and Sour Patch Kids (Lasso reference). For all the grief we give him, we’re actually really proud of his hard work, and perhaps you’ll see him in the infamous GBA blue polo in the near future (the world may never know ). Awesome job to both Alex and his instructor Danny and Austin on this incredible accomplishment!
Best grad cap ever!! GBA pilot Connor Peterson represented at his High School graduation last week. Everyone in the room knew he was a pilot, as they should. He has worked hard for his success so far. But, more to come. He left for Florida and will be attending Embry Riddle. The best is yet to come for this young aviator. Keep at it Connor!
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