Congratulations to Alameda Aero Club’s newest Instrument Pilot, Damian Cowell!! This has a project that Damian and I have been working on all summer, and after a delay last week due to the 100 inspection, DPE Ashley Snider was able to get Damian in for his Checkride up at Lincoln today! It was hot and bumpy, but Damian prevailed and is now certified by the FAA to endanger the general public in bad weather as well as good!
CFII Drew Kemp
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Congratulations Clarence Binninger, Alameda Aero Club’s newest instrument rated pilot! Clarence dragged his instructor out of bed at 6am today and together they flew to Lincoln airport where Clarence impressed his examiner with some very nice instrument flying! If you see Clarence around the club give him a pat on the back! Now go punch some holes in the clouds!
CFI Derek Goheen
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Congratulations to Maggie Borth on a successful Instrument checkride up at Columbia with DPE Ken Cobb! Special thanks also to Andrew Kilroy for doing a late night GPS update so the airplane was legal for the checkride. Also special thanks to Matthew Evjen for a quick cylinder swap on Tuesday so that both Maggie and James Burgess could get’er done! Two days, two successful checkrides.
Drew Kemp CFII
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Jake flew up to Calaveras Co. airport on Monday Jan 22 in IMC all the way and successfully completed his CFII check ride with DPE Rob Davids. After an Obstacle Departure, a DME Arc around Linden VOR, some Maneuvers like steep turns, and the GPS 31 approach he is a proud instrument instructor on his first try! Congratulations Jake!
Drew Kemp CFII
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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
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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.
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