New CFI: Roland Koch

After grudgingly admitting defeat arguing about Bernoulli’s Law with physics PhD Roland Koch, examiner Richard Conte got his back by nitpicking on the power-off 180s. One week of practicing later, that hurdle fell and the club now has yet another CFI.


Christian Goetze, CFII

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New Instrument Pilot: Cullen Wong

Cullen Wong achieved a well-deserved instrument rating with DPE Ashley Snider in Lincoln today. Cullen has been an ideal learner throughout this process, starting with his large investment of time and effort in demanding simulator training. His can-do attitude throughout, overcame the additional challenges of smoke, heat, and masks. DPE spotted these traits encouraging him to press on to CFII. Onwards to Commercial and CFI!

Clarence Binninger CFII, with help from Derek Goheen and B.J. Shockley

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New Instructor: Michael Scarito

Congratulations to club member Michael Scarito on passing is CFI and CFII checkrides in July in sunny Florida! Welcome to the slate of excellent instructors serving the Alameda Aero Club!

Liz Sommers, Chief Pilot

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New Instrument Instructor: Benjamin Shockley

After mastering IFR flying including approaches in the sim with 50+ winds, and lots of windshear, Benjamin Shockley aced his CFII checkride this morning in Lincoln on his first try.  CFII Shockley did “really great” according to DPE Ashley Snider – even though they wore facemasks in the heat.  So, congratulations to our newest Certificated Flight Instructor-Instrument!


Clarence Binninger, CFII, with help from Derek Goheen, CFII

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New Private Pilot: Mike Herbert

I’m happy to announce, Covid-19 be damned, that Mike Herbert has passed his private pilot check ride on June 19, 2020.

During the oral examination Rich Conté quickly concluded Mike simply knows his stuff. After an uneventful departure and climb out Mike was diverted to KEDU. “Coincidentally” the diversion took place right when the GPS in 05D failed. After some pattern work and air work Rich had seen enough and they returned to KMCC. Where, after landing, Mike was awarded his private pilot license.

Congratulations Mike!
(Ronald Put, CFII)

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