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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First Solo: Kunal Laroia

No runway construction could stand in the way of Kunal’s goal of getting rid of his instructor. While Oakland was busy with incoming jets, Byron’s severely clear weather proved to be a perfect place for Kunal to make his first four landings without the extra weight and constant blabbering of his instructor.

Congratulations!

Zsolt Katona CFII

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New Instrument Pilot: Chris LeBailly

Congratulations to Christopher LeBailly, our newest instrument pilot!!! Chris took some time off from work this fall to fly, study, and complete his instrument rating. Chris dazzled DPE Richard Conte this afternoon by answering all his questions and then flying 739UL from Sacramento McClellan Airport to numerous airports hither and yon without ever looking outside, and then landing safely.  He is now “cleared for IFR departure”.  

Chris was then finally able to discharge his CFI passenger back in Oakland, as said CFI is no longer required.     

Job well done Chris!!!   Next up??? Maybe a  complex endorsement in 747JS??.     

Tim Greer, CFII

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