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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New CFI: Clarence Binninger

Congratulations Clarence Binninger Alameda Aero Club’s newest CFI!!! It was just a little over two years ago that long time private pilot Clarence decided to take a break from his backwoods tailwheel flying and settle down into training for his instrument rating. Fast forward to today and Clarence has snatched the stone from his instructors hand and is ready to share his passion for flying with his very own students, Congratulations Clarence!

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New Commercial Pilot: Lucas Ranieri

I am very excited to announce that Lucas Ranieri is now accepting job offers as Alameda Aero Club’s newest commercial pilot! Lucas made the trip across a very hot Central Valley and into the California foothills for the opportunity to impress DPE Ken Cobb with his fine stick and rudder skills. Congratulations Lucas!

CFI Derek Goheen

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New Instrument Pilot: Roland Koch

Roland Koch passed his instrument checkride with Richard Conte based in McClellan on Tuesday, June 11.

“What do you mean you never flew a DME arc?” “Let me make one up for you now”…

First unusual attitude was …. straight and level 🙂

RNAV 33 into Lincoln, followed by ILS 15 … “Unable, ILS out of service” “It wasn’t NOTAMed…”

Oh well, switch to localizer 16, partial panel, or rather no panel, since the stickies kept falling off, so the examiner used his hands instead…. followed by one ILS 16 into KMCC, and there we are, newly instrumented pilot! Congrats!

Christian Goetze, CFII

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