A great way to end a Tuesday is with another new private pilot!! Congratulations to Taylor Poulin who earned his private pilot today! Taylor has been flying with instructor Matt Stubblefield the last several months and today all that hard work paid off! Taylor demonstrated his pilot proficiency in N328ME with his examiner as they flew around our practice areas. Taylor currently serves our Country and while he has been flight training with GBA, he also earned a pilot slot so he will be soon have a position in a military cockpit. Congratulations Taylor!! We are very happy for you and your next adventure. Today is definitely worth a celebration!!
David Berman is a private pilot!! Congratulations to this Christmas loving, powder shredding, hard working guy! David has been working on his PPL on and off and came back a couple months ago with the goal to get his license and today he did! David almost aced the written exam which helped him breeze through the oral. Then, today, he showed that same proficiency in flight, parked the plane and received that congratulatory handshake from his examiner. Congratulations as well to his instructor Bob Bennett! Enjoy the freedom this awesome achievement now allows!
Congratulations to Hobeen Lee, GBA’s newest private pilot!! Hobeen moved to Reno from Tennessee last spring to work on his PPL with his instructor Stephen Weaver. Hobeen loves aviation! Helped in the GBA office and on the line in between his flight and ground lessons. Hobeen demonstrated his flight proficiency in N752DW and greased his landing back into Reno to then hear the great news that he passed!! We are so happy for you Hobeen!!
Congratulations to Casey Dwyer who is now licensed to fly the friendly skies!! Casey earned his private pilot today in N670CS as he flew around eastern Nevada showing off his skills. Casey has been dedicated the last 6 months and flying as much as his schedule will allow. His goal is to now have more fun and do some aerobatic flying. Pull a few more G’s than what the Cessna 172 allows :) Congratulations as well to his instructor Stephen Weaver! Awesome job Casey!!
Congratulations to Jackson Bellard for flying his first solo flight today!! Jackson was cut loose today at KRTS, runway 26, in N495SP. His instructor, Levi Mellows, watched from the taxi way as the high schooler completed a few laps in the pattern. As disappointed as we are that Jackson did not solo in his ridiculous Christmas sweater, we are so happy for his accomplishment. Congratulations again to him and his instructor. He is well on his way for a license to fly!
Great Basin Aviation is excited to announce we will be conducting Instrument Ground School! Classes will be taught by CFII Bob Bennett and will be held every Wednesday night from 6pm-9pm for twelve weeks starting February 5th. All classes will be held at Atlantic Aviation. Teaching will come from the Jeppesen Instrument/Commercial textbook, knowledge test study guide, and videos. Cost for the twelve week class is $375 or $200 for recurrent training plus the cost of textbooks. Upon successful completion of class, students will receive the required endorsement to take the Instrument Knowledge Proficiency test.
Please reserve your spot in class by January 27th. We will send you the link for the textbooks and additional materials once enrolled. Let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see you in class!
Happy New Year from GBA!! As you pursue your hopes and dreams, may this year bring you much success and may your journey be wonderful.
Congratulations to Kolby Best who passed his CFII checkride today!! Kolby has been coming into town from Sacramento for his training with his instructors Matt Stubblefield and Brenden Georg. Kolby has such a commitment to safety and flying. We look forward to a lot of great things from this aviation professional!
Congratulations to Josh Bunker who is GBA’s newest CFI!! Josh passed his test today in N37JA. A Chinook instructor, and instrument flight examiner with the Nevada National Guard, Josh started with us in February and worked his way though his fixed-wing add-ons: Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, and now CFI. Josh’s schedule will soon be loaded in Flight Schedule Pro. Josh brings experience in the transition from rotorcraft to fixed wing. Congratulations as well to his instructors, Mark Montague, Stephen Weaver, and Kyle Hauss. We are so excited for him and where his success and determination is taking him!! “Today was a good day.”
Congratulations to Robert Dodge who is the newest licensed pilot in Northern Nevada!! Robert forward slipped into 16L to complete his checkride in N2291C. His checkride was definitely exciting. Ran into a tire issue at Stead and had to delay for a bit, but once it was changed, he came back and crushed it. Congratulations to his instructors as well. Robert flew with Emmett Castellan and Kyle Hauss. Robert’s goal is to fly medical transport. He is on his way! One step down but goals are set and he will continue to work until they are met. Great job Robert!! We look forward to continuing to fly with you!
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.