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.


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!


Liz Sommers

Congratulations to Harry Sadler!!!

I’d like to be the first to congratulate Harry J Saddler, the club’s newest private pilot. Harry had to do a bit of horse trading when N6605D went down for maint earlier this week – Harry and I appreciate the consideration of the other club members in giving him access to another aircraft, and getting the log books in order on short notice.

Harry likes Gin.