New Private Pilot: Benj Bellon

I’m happy to announce that Benj Bellon passed his private pilot check ride on Wed, June 12!

Benj went in with a 98% score on his written and, as expected with such a high written exam score, the oral portion was super fast.
After less than 1.5 hours flying time, Rich Conte (DPE) deemed Benj “a very good pilot”.

Congratulations Benj!
Ronald Put, CFII

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New Instrument Pilot: Roland Koch

Roland Koch passed his instrument checkride with Richard Conte based in McClellan on Tuesday, June 11.

“What do you mean you never flew a DME arc?” “Let me make one up for you now”…

First unusual attitude was …. straight and level 🙂

RNAV 33 into Lincoln, followed by ILS 15 … “Unable, ILS out of service” “It wasn’t NOTAMed…”

Oh well, switch to localizer 16, partial panel, or rather no panel, since the stickies kept falling off, so the examiner used his hands instead…. followed by one ILS 16 into KMCC, and there we are, newly instrumented pilot! Congrats!

Christian Goetze, CFII

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New Private Pilot: Xin (Frank) Qi

I’m happy to announce that Frank passed his private pilot check ride with flying colors on Thursday, June 6.

Frank went in with 93% score on his written, the oral took one hour and the actual flying part took little over an hour (1.1 tach).

Rich Conte (DPE) deemed the event: “one of the top 2 check rides I’ve done in the past couple of years.”

Congratulations Frank!
Ronald Put, CFII

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First Solo: Mira Tipirneni

On 12/14 one rain storm after the next came rolling tru the bay area. Accompanied by strong shifting winds and a healthy dose of turbulence.
However, after a successful search for decent weather, and a couple of flawless landings at KTCY, Mira Tipirneni decided that she could to without the extra weight of an instructor and flew her first solo, three flawless takeoffs and landings on rwy 12.
It was cold standing alone on the tarmac, and I was happy when Mira decided she had had enough and picked me up again to fly us home.
Please join me in congratulating PIC Mira Tipirneni on this great accomplishment!
Ronald Put (CFI)

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Not one, but TWO new Private Pilots: Justin Darby and Cyril Pinkham

Escaping the Beijing-like bay area weather conditions, two of AAC’s finest student pilots flew out to Columbia today. They both got it done with DPE Ken Cobb and returned as Private Pilots into 1sm visibility at KOAK. Congrats to both of you!

Zsolt Katona CFI

Cyril is enjoying himself on top of the smoke.

Justin seems more worried about the conditions

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First Solo: Max Sulimov

Congratulations Max Sulimov on your FIRST solo! Depart 33, 2 touch and goes on 28R and a full stop landing on 33! Way to go Max! Then his son, Mark Sulimov, who soloed last December meets Dad to cut off his shirttail!

Liz Sommers CFII

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