Matt passed his checkride!! You might know Matt Yount from the line…helping keep the planes clean, fueled, and put in the right spot. Today Matt flew N670CS to Silver Springs and over the Dayton Valley area running thorough the private pilot proficiencies, back to Reno and then the words every student pilot wants to hear; congratulations, you passed! Now he is officially licensed to fly the skies below 18,000ft. Besides helping Denny on the line a couple days a week, Matt is also is full time student at UNR. We are so excited for you Matt!! Congratulations as well to his instructor, Brenden Georg.
Forget a Sweet Sixteen party... Ethan Vincent spent his sweet 16th birthday doing something way more fun — flying N3034Y for his first few solo laps in a busy pattern for 16L at KRNO. Soloing makes you nervous enough, but Ethan also had an entourage watching him. His dad, mom, and sister stood out by the hangars to witness his first PIC flight. Ethan is an incredible young pilot and his radio communications are totally on spot. He is no stranger to the sky. He is lucky to be able to fly with his dad in their Van’s RV-7, and loving every minute of it. The sky is home for Ethan. Next step is a couple solo flights out of the Class C airspace to Carson or Stead, finish up ground school, and stay engaged in flying until he gets closer to 17 so he can complete his requirements and checkride prep for a sweet 17 birthday. Congratulations to Ethan and his instructor Levi Mellows!! Such a memorable flight on this special birthday!
Congratulations to Mason Koonce who soloed today at KRTS, runway 26 in N495SP!! He realized today how awesome it is to fly without an instructor shouting orders (not that Levi ever raises his voice) and how much better the aircraft performs without the extra weight. Doing laps in the pattern at Stead has never been so much fun! Mason, a UNR student, has the goal of becoming a corporate or commercial pilot. Usually, you can find Mason flying down the trails on his mountain bike and soon he will be shredding the Northern Nevada skies in one of these powerful C172’s. Mason is so focused and hit this solo goal right on time. Now on to knocking out the rest of his requirements and prepping for checkride. Congratulations to Mason and Levi!! The day does not get much better than this!
Watch out clouds, Chris is coming for you! This awesome lady, call sign Pink Flamingo, is now licensed to fly in weather conditions that are a bit less than ideal with her brand new Instrument Rating!! Yes, it’s Pink Flamingo, strange pilot from another airspace who came to KRNO with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal pilots. Chris, who can fly on course for a GPS approach, bend the ailerons on a C172S to hold over the mustang VOR, and line up to land on the ILS at Stead. And who, disguised as Chris Buckley, mild-mannered reporter for a local news station, fights a never ending battle for truth, justice, and working her way to becoming a commercial pilot. Awesome job Buckley!! Also a huge congratulations to her instructor, the foggle selfie king, Danny Britson. You two have a lot of celebrating to do. Then get back to work on Chris’ commercial!
Happy Father's Day to all the amazing Dad's out there! We wish you happiness and joy on this holiday. And, if your kids forget to tell you, thank you for all that you are and all that you have done <3
Party Announcement!! Below are the details for GBA's Client Appreciation and N2291C's 10,000 celebration on July 11th. Please RSVP on our website under the "events" tab. We hope to see you there!
Congratulations to David Hults who earned his Commercial Certificate today flying out of Truckee!! Dave worked with CFIs Nick Mahan and Nik Joshi in his own aircraft. We were lucky to meet Dave when he came to GBA to get his TAA time. And now we can’t get rid of him...kinda kidding Dave. Congratulations again!! We are excited to see where this awesome accomplishment takes you!
Save the date! N2291C is turning 10,000!! So many of you have been a part of 91C’s flight time and we want to thank you by celebrating with a GBA client appreciation and "Club N2291C" event. The date will be Saturday, July 11th from 9am-12pm. More details coming soon. Please spread the word to any aviator you know who has logged time in the “Princess.” Also, if you have any pictures of you and N2291C, please send them to Jenn@greatbasinaviation.com.
While others were sleeping in this morning Mike McCain was soloing an aircraft!! Mike flew his first few laps without an instructor at KRTS, runway 26, in N670CS! He has been flying in his family’s Bonanza for years and recently decided he wants to be the pilot in command which brought him to GBA. As a business owner, his schedule is a tough one. But, he set this goal and he is making it work. Today, he saw how sweet solo flight is as he pulled off the runway, let his CFI Mark Montague out, then taxied and took off. Mark hid behind the PAPIs monitoring Mike on the radio and photographing this most memorable flight. Congratulations to Mike and Mark!! We are so excited and grateful to get to work with Mike as he continues to progress toward his Private Pilot Certificate. So happy for you Mike!!
Northern Nevada has a new instrument rated pilot, Weston Levine!! Weston, a Reno native, earned his PPL in Reno then started his instrument training in San Diego. COVID brought him back to the Truckee Meadows and to GBA to finish his training and complete his checkride. Today he demonstrated that he has the skills to handle even the cloudiest of situations. Weston is now jumping right into training for his commercial certificate on his path toward the goal of professional or military pilot. But, in the meantime, Weston will be staying local attending UNR, enjoying the gorgeous eastern sierras, lifting heavy stuff in the gym, and flight training. By the way ladies...Weston is single ;) Congratulations to Weston and his CFII Austin Tanner!!
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.