New Instrument Pilot: Mihir Paradkar

Mihir Paradkar aced his instrument checkride today with DPE Ashley Snider in Lincoln. 2020 started cloudy for Mihir after his badge, logbook, and passport were stolen. But through masks, smoke, and heat, he went for his instrument rating anyway. He showed rare ability in the simulator phase, then nailed a perfect ILS 28R in IMC on his first training flight after! As a musician, we knew he was checkride-ready when he started humming in between scanning, briefing, and centering the needles. And now he can fly through the clouds all alone! Congratulations Mihir! Clarence Binninger CFII, with help from Derek Goheen

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New Private Pilot: Max Hergel

So proud of this lad. 17 year old Max Hergel passed the private pilot checkride this afternoon. In the picture left to right, examiner Rich Conte, Max, yours truly. Masks off just for the pic.
Terence Wilson (and Adam Webster) CFIs

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New CFI: Roland Koch

After grudgingly admitting defeat arguing about Bernoulli’s Law with physics PhD Roland Koch, examiner Richard Conte got his back by nitpicking on the power-off 180s. One week of practicing later, that hurdle fell and the club now has yet another CFI.


Christian Goetze, CFII

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New Instrument Pilot: Cullen Wong

Cullen Wong achieved a well-deserved instrument rating with DPE Ashley Snider in Lincoln today. Cullen has been an ideal learner throughout this process, starting with his large investment of time and effort in demanding simulator training. His can-do attitude throughout, overcame the additional challenges of smoke, heat, and masks. DPE spotted these traits encouraging him to press on to CFII. Onwards to Commercial and CFI!

Clarence Binninger CFII, with help from Derek Goheen and B.J. Shockley

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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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