Thank you to all who applied for the 16L GBA Scholarship! We had a record number of applicants which did not make the decision easy. Our panel of judges reviewed each essay and based on the scholarship criteria, we are excited to announce the following winners:
$2500 - Sammy Lanz
$1000 - Haylie Hattrup
$1000- Cleidson Cleber Barros dos Santos
$1000- Claire Eberle
Thank you again to local follow aviator Zac Glass for helping fund these scholarships! This allowed for additional funds to be distributed to these awesome future pilots.
Also, the Reno Tahoe Aviation Group scholarship window is still open. The deadline to apply is January 31st. The group is offering private, advanaced, and tailwheel scholarships. Check them out at this link: https://www.renoaviation.org/scholarship. Let us know if you need anything for that application.
Thank you again to all who applied and congratulations to all of the scholarship winners!!
Happy New Year!
Instrument Ground School Class!
Just in time for the New Year, we are super excited to offer another round of in-house, lecture based, Instrument Ground school classes taught by incomparable CFI/CFII Bob Bennett. Below is the information for the class. Please reach out ASAP if you are interested in attending as space is limited and classes will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
All classes will be held at Atlantic Aviation. Active participation, attendance, and studying are key for class success. Successful completion of either ground school course satisfies the requirement needed in order to be eligible to take the FAA Knowledge Exam.
If you are looking for Private Pilot in person ground school, the TMCC course will begin on 1/25. That course also runs 2 nights a week. Contact Richard Brong for more information. He is the instructor for that course. All registration is through TMCC as it is a credited course but Richard can help with your questions. This too is an incredible opportunity to satisfy a ground school requirement in a lectured based class.
Please reach out asap to secure your spot in the Instrument class! We look forward to helping you reach your aviation goals.
New Year's Private Pilot!!
If it is snowing really hard, you can be sure to find an accountant hiding under a tax shelter (yes, it will be one of those announcements😉). But not today…one of our favorite number guys, Andrew Spanier, proved he could be “audit" he could be and took to the sky to demonstrate he has the calculated skills to be a private pilot. Andrew has been working on his certificate for a the sum of a few years. Progressing as he completed college and entered the exciting world of numbers. A few months ago, this tax-manian devil said “account me in” and set a goal to finish up his private pilot flight training. He worked with CFI Jack Darlington to finish his training up and look now, Andrew is the LIFO the flight school! Awesome job to Andrew and Jack! You guys are like accounts receivable to GBA - outstanding!
What a great day to fly… and an even better day to solo!!! With the question of go or no-go in mind, the freezing fog finally cleared out of the KRNO valley and Trisha Pylkas, fellow aviatrix and Sierra Battle Born officer, buttered N752DW successfully onto runway 26 at KRTS, all while her instructor, Troy Ware, watched from the sidelines!! (Just in time to beat the upcoming storm this week) Trisha is an incredibly hard-working individual, a Girl Scout at heart, and drives a pretty swanky Mini Cooper, which automatically gives her points in Hailey’s book. All in all, what an incredible accomplishment, next step is getting that PPL! Congratulations again to Trisha and her instructors, Danny and Troy!!
Logan is a Private Pilot!!
What is tall, mellow, patient, hard working, and brilliant? Northern Nevada’s newest Private Pilot, Logan Moore!! This hard working Stellar line tech in no stranger to aviation as he works in it full time. However, now, in his off time, he can enjoy the industry in the pilot seat roaming the sky freely and heading wherever he wants to go! Logan is one of the sweetest guys you could ever meet. Always a huge smile on his face and always excited to get behind the yoke and get airborne. Logan can now start building some fun cross country time then we will start bugging him about starting on his instrument rating :). Huge congratulations to Logan and his CFI Danny Britson!! Way to dream big, stay positive, and work hard so you can now enjoy the journey Logan!
Sean is a commercial pilot!
Talk about dreams taking flight...It was just a few months ago you read about Sean Meeks earning his instrument rating. Well, his name is in the headlines again because this cool pilot now holds a commercial certificate!! Sean showed he has superior knowledge and insights into the airplane, weather, and the FAA’s rules and regulations. Even though his flight was crazy bumpy because of the incoming storm, he still demonstrated smooth and precise control of the airplane throughout the commercial maneuvers in his favorite plane, the Princess, N2291C. Sean’s next step is to begin his second career and be a CFI which, based on his past record, he will earn in no time. Huge congratulations to Sean and his CFI Danny Britson! Take a little break Sean, then hit the books tomorrow :)
Katie Newberry - PPL
Well, Katie kicked some behind again! She is a private pilot. This motivated and skilled aviatrix took N495SP through the paces after a successful oral exam and demonstrated to her examiner what it means to be a licensed pilot! Katie has been working on this rating for the last several months balancing her regular life (piloting is never regular, btw) and her duties in the Nevada Air Guard and reached this major accomplishment! The reality hit her that now she can fly anywhere. Do it! You earned it. You even got the perfect hair shot (inside joke). Congrats to you and your instructor Ethan Chinowsky.
Annual GBA 16L Scholarship
Great Basin Aviation 16L Flight Training Scholarship
Ben Franklin once wrote that “an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” What better investment in knowledge than learning to fly! When you learn to fly, you’re not only learning how to move the controls of an aircraft, you’re also learning more about physics, weather, navigation, airspace and the world around you. In addition, the ability to guide an airplane through the sky and return it safely to earth offers a sense of achievement that nothing else can match. However, we do know it is an expensive skill to learn. GBA would love to help get you there!
Great Basin Aviation is excited to offer one $2500 and two $1000 flight training scholarships to future aviators! These scholarships will be awarded to three individuals that meet the below eligibility requirements. Funds will be used for aircraft rental only. Instructor fee will be billed at time of lesson. Eligibility and requirements are listed below:
Email the following to GoFlying@GreatBasinAviation:
Below is Hailey Bogle, one of last year's winners.
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