New Instructor: Michael Scarito

Congratulations to club member Michael Scarito on passing is CFI and CFII checkrides in July in sunny Florida! Welcome to the slate of excellent instructors serving the Alameda Aero Club!

Liz Sommers, Chief Pilot

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New Instrument Instructor: Benjamin Shockley

After mastering IFR flying including approaches in the sim with 50+ winds, and lots of windshear, Benjamin Shockley aced his CFII checkride this morning in Lincoln on his first try.  CFII Shockley did “really great” according to DPE Ashley Snider – even though they wore facemasks in the heat.  So, congratulations to our newest Certificated Flight Instructor-Instrument!


Clarence Binninger, CFII, with help from Derek Goheen, CFII

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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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