First Solo: Mauro Poggio

On January 9th, after three successful landings on 28R and a nice compliment from the Tower Controller working his flight, Mauro Poggio achieved one of his lifelong dreams of flying an airplane by himself. Congratulations on your 1st solo, Mauro! 

CFI’s – Jeff Wright and Brandon Aaseby

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First Solo: Daniel Novak

Thur, Dec 3rd was a beautiful late fall afternoon and KOAK tower allowed touch&goes and Daniel Novak decided he could do this flying thing on his own. After dropping his instructor at Signature, three take offs and landings were executed flawlessly and the first “pilot in command” entry was proudly entered in the logbook.

Congratulations Daniel!

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.


Zsolt Katona CFII

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The Trifecta of Solos: Will Betts, Mark Lederer, and Erik Reed

There must have been something lucky in the air, or just plain old good CFI’s and student pilots, because on Friday, October 18th, we have 3! Pilots that soloed in 05D, one right after another!

Congratulations to:

Mark Lederer

Erik Reed

– Terence Wilson, CFII

and Will Betts, who did 4 touch and goes on 28R with a full stop on 33!

– Mike Eggen

Way to go!

Mark Lederer
Erik Reed

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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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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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