Congratulations to Ethan Chinowsky who earned his Commercial Pilot's License today!! Ethan is on the fast track. Recently earned his Private Pilot and Instrument. However, he has been flying for several years in New Zealand on that license. It is in his blood...Ethan flew a plane before he could drive a car. Ethan is also a full time mechanical engineering student at UNR (Go Pack!!) and a supervisor at the UNR Starbucks. Next step is CFI which he is already working on. Awesome job Ethan and congrats as well to his instructors Matt Stubblefield and Ryan McMaster!
Congratulations to Mark Montague who earned his CFII rating today!! Talk about an accomplished aviator...Mark is a retired United Captain, Gold Seal Instructor, our area's Glider DPE, and also is Great Basin Aviation’s Chief CFI. Mark brings so much experience to GBA, as well as a huge supply of wit and jokes :) We are beyond fortunate to have him as part of the team. We are so happy for Mark and the instruction and experience he can now pass on to instrument students. Congratulations as well to his instructor Eric Tallberg!
Congratulations to David Mansfield who now is a licensed pilot!! David passed his checkride in N37JA today as the wind gave him some extra challenges while he showed off his skills for his examiner. It never fails, when David flies, the weather gets a bit crazy. Today was no different. He managed 22 knot gusts in Carson and crosswind landings in Dayton then bounced his way back into Reno and was given his temporary certificate. David’s path to private pilot was a family affair. His four kids (5-11) and his wife sat around the table and learned flight planning and helped him study for his knowledge test and oral exam. There will definitely be a huge Brother’s BBQ celebration at the Mansfield house tonight! Congratulations as well to his instructor Nick Mahan! David is wasting no time and starting right in on his instrument rating. We are so happy for you David!
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!
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