New Private Pilot: Zoltan Olah

On a toaster-oven-hot day at KMCC, after he first made sure all his self manufactured C172 checklists were properly attached to the carefully placed velcro tabs on the brow of the instrument panel on 9UL, Zoltan Olah took Richard Conté (DPE) up for a flight. After the usual air work and pattern shenanigans Richard deemed the performance worthy and issued Zoltan his temporary private pilot license.

Congratulations Zoltan!

Ronald Put, CFII

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New Private Pilot: Ted Waddelow

I’m happy to announce that Ted Waddelow passed his private pilot check ride today.

After a “really good” oral exam performance, Richard Conté (DPE) failed the GPS in 9UL and had them divert to KEDU for pattern and air work shenanigans before returning to KMCC.

Thanks Andrew for keeping the aircraft on the ground the day before this check ride, to make sure the 100 hour inspection requirement would not be an issue.

Congratulations Ted!
Ronald Put, CFII

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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 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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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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New Private Pilot: James Welch

There is nothing like the feeling of passing a Checkride!

HUGE Congratulations to James Welch, Alameda Aero Club’s newest Private Pilot! James called me up a little over a month ago to see if I could get him through his Checkride on the fast track. He leaves for Army basic training on October 8. I knew it would be tight but we got’er done! Also a big shout out to DPE Ken Cobb in Columbia. He gives a very thorough Checkride, and is always a pleasure to work with!

CFI Drew Kemp

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