4th of July Parade 2016

This year’s 4th of July parade in Alameda was a huge success! Our own Will Golden once again provided the club with the use of his van to act as our parade float. With some well placed banners, a loaner R/C plane and some elbow grease members came together and made her match ready! Included in the festivities are chief pilot Liz Sommers, membership director Will Golden, club treasurer Kath Holcombe, club president Kenneth Levins, club mechanic Mark Baird and club webmaster/local vulgarian Andrew Kilroy. The route was long, the weather was warm and the kids were waving with open arms as we passed out pilot’s wings courtesy of Liz Sommers. Merriment was had by all. The day was finished with a ‘debriefing’ at McGee’s Bar and Grill on Park St.

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Congratulations to Ryan Mapes!!

Congratulations to Ryan Mapes, instrument pilot! Ryan prevailed, despite 12H going down unexpectedly for maintenance yesterday. We got a practice session in with another aircraft yesterday afternoon, and today Ryan proved he has what it takes to be a very creative instrument pilot! Thanks again to DPE Ken Cobb for a very thorough check ride.

Drew Kemp CFII

Congratulations to Charlie Croom

Congratulations to Charlie Croom, who today demonstrated to DPE Ken Cobb that, in turbulent air, he could safely and proficiently fly the airplane solely by reference to the airplanes’ instruments.
Way to go on PASSING your Instrument ASEL checkride!

Liz Sommers CFII

Membership meeting/plane wash

Fellow Members –
Just a reminder that our next Member Meeting will be held this Sunday, May 22nd (Rain or Shine) at our hangar. As usual, I’ve scheduled a plane (9UL) to be cleaned. Washers please meet me by 10:30. A BBQ, featuring all the hangar talk you could want, will get fired up around noon. I hope to see you there!

– Will

Congratulations to Joseph Unruh!!

Winds finally abated on Sunday, and as it turns out when it is not 20 gusting to 32 out there, Joseph Unruh is able to land an airplane. After a few touch and goes at oakland he was ready to go… sadly we kept having to avoid a cub towing a banner over the Coliseum – which as we all know by now is a harbinger of the dreaded Stadium TFR. So off to Livermore – for a few more touch and goes with 200 pounds of excess baggage.

Joseph did great with 3 touch and goes on 25 right and left over at LVK without those 200 pounds of hot air. On the third one his instructor got a bit worried – as the tower extended his downwind to just shy of the Altamont pass.

If you see him around the club, he deserves a pat on the back. Here’s a quick shot of Joseph after all the excitement.

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Congratulations Michael Cosentino!!

Congratulations Michael Cosentino on your first solo!

Michael had blue skies, but changing winds at KLVK today. After doing several great landings at KLVK on 25R, he dropped off the extra airplane weight (leaving his CFI behind), and taxied out to 25R, where they promply turned him around to taxi to 7L due to changing winds. He then did his first touch and go on 7L before getting switched over to 7R where he accomplished another solo touch and go before making a full stop on 7R, holding short of 7L, then taxiing back to pick up his instructor. All this was done with an extremely busy airport, including 2 flights of 4 doing formation flights, a flight of 2 P51 Mustangs, and numerous other pilots joining in the pattern with him!

Way to go Michael!

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Liz Sommers
CFII