From his humble beginning as just an all around nice guy to earning his Private Pilot’s License today, James Morgan soared to success in N495SP becoming Reno and Northern Nevada’s latest member in the Aviator’s Club. James worked hard to reach this achievement in between working for Alaska Airlines and being a true go-getter. Nice work James! Enjoy every minute of your new freedoms.
While most of Northern Nevada was sleeping in, this awesome guy, Sam Hutton was soloing N670CS on runway 24 at KSPZ!! Sam completed the first page in his logbook with .3 PIC! Such an incredible achievement! Sam always comes well prepared for his lesson and ready to go. It is not like he doesn’t have anything else going on... he splits his time between flying, proudly serving in the Nevada Air Guard, studying engineering at UNR, and practicing Jiu Jitsu. Congratulations to Sam on achieving this most memorable milestone!! Great job as well to his instructors Mark Montague and Eric Tallberg!
After a grueling oral exam and a smokey-hot flight in the afternoon winds of Reno, Cody Lucero became Reno’s latest certified Private Pilot! Cody flew N495SP around the skies north of Reno and had all checkboxes filled for a successful outcome to this huge milestone. Cody breezed through his training, with instructor Levi Mellows, demonstrating a dedication and discipline rarely seen. His easy going but serious personality is exactly what aviation needs. Cody serves in the Navy and is currently stationed at Fallon. He spent several years serving in Japan before returning to Northern Nevada. We couldn’t be more proud of you, Cody! Congratulations Pilot Cody Lucero!
After a cool but hazy ride to the airport on his motorcycle in the predawn air, Adam Laub soloed N752DW in Carson City on Runway 27. His instructor, Levi, looked on with pride and a smile as his student gracefully circled the airport and made successful takeoffs and landings like a well greased barbecue grill. Speaking of which, Adam has balanced a very active professional life during his training and continues to come in and talk food with us here in the office in between flights. Good job on this milestone! Here’s to the rest of the journey. Keep the blue side up!
Tanner Barkowski flew N670CS for several laps in the pattern today to Runway 16L as instructor, Austin, listened intently on the radio. Tanner has been working on his Private Pilots License with us for a short while now and has accelerated through his training with skill. His super-polite demeanor and expert radio work today helped make this slightly smokey day one for his personal record books. Nice work Tanner!
We wanted to take a moment to promote the FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. If you are not familiar with it, WINGS is a great way to maintain currency and proficiency with your aviation knowledge. Many of the programs can be taken and then counted toward the knowledge portion of the BFR. That means when you need a BFR, you already have the ground portion completed! Check it out and participate in this valuable and free resource from the FAA!
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Reno's newest private pilot, Will Smith, took his checkride today and passed with flying colors. Will took advantage of some time home from school in Tennessee over the last three months and knocked out his license in about three months. This includes an astronomical score on the PPL written. Impressive! Congratulations Will, and to his instructor Levi, for this accomplishment. We're proud of you!
New Flash: Kyle Georgeson took to the sky at the Stead Airport today and lifted off from Runway 8 for his first solo flight. His instructor, Levi Mellows, decided it was time to let Kyle do the honors totally on his own and he did so with skill. Kyle is a full-time student in college and has a very supportive family behind his pursuit of flight. He has even talked about doing this professionally if the winds are right. Kyle overcame a brief hiatus of about a day, non-COVID related, when he turned 21. All was well again soon enough. Keep up the great work, Kyle!
If you haven't heard the news, Runway 25/7 at KRNO will be closed today (Aug.10) through Sep. 18. Please plan your flights accordingly especially with consideration to your personal minimum for crosswinds. If Runway 25 is closed and either Runways 16 or 34 are active, your crosswind component could easily exceed the limits of aircraft and pilot very quickly.
Never hesitate to ask for assistance with your flight planning if we can be of any help.
Thank you and fly safe!
Congratulations to Seth Freedman-Peel who soloed today at Reno-Stead Airport on Runway 32 in N752DW. Seth started with us in mid-July and has been on the fast track being a professional pilot. Along with aviation Seth holds down full time work at a bicycle shop in our area and enjoys being a happy dad to his cats. Fitting since the Wright Brothers got their start as bicycle mechanics and had a cat named Old Mom! Congrats again to Seth and his instructors Brenden and Pete. Keep it up!
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.