First Solo: Alex Guo

Congratulations to Alex Guo on his first solo at KOAK today!

After a couple hours flying around our little race track AKA “left traffic 28L” a few days ago, today seemed almost a leisurely affair having 28R pretty much to ourselves. The traffic was light, the tower was friendly and efficient, the winds were good and even the clouds lifted a little. Alex took the controls and confirmed that 9UL really does climb better with just one person on board.

Ronald Put (CFII)

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First Solo: Christiaan Prins

Congratulations to Christiaan for his first SOLO FLIGHT in Byron. Oakland was so nice to change the ATIS to “no pattern work” after calling for taxi, just for us. So off to Byron. Christiaan made 2 perfect touch and go and one full stop landing on 30, dodging parachute jumping planes taking off against the traffic flow, gliders coming back home and other pilots entering the pattern on the left base.

Roland Koch, CFI

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First Solo: Mauro Poggio

On January 9th, after three successful landings on 28R and a nice compliment from the Tower Controller working his flight, Mauro Poggio achieved one of his lifelong dreams of flying an airplane by himself. Congratulations on your 1st solo, Mauro! 

CFI’s – Jeff Wright and Brandon Aaseby

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First Solo: Daniel Novak

Thur, Dec 3rd was a beautiful late fall afternoon and KOAK tower allowed touch&goes and Daniel Novak decided he could do this flying thing on his own. After dropping his instructor at Signature, three take offs and landings were executed flawlessly and the first “pilot in command” entry was proudly entered in the logbook.

Congratulations Daniel!

Ronald Put (CFII)

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First Solo: Kunal Laroia

No runway construction could stand in the way of Kunal’s goal of getting rid of his instructor. While Oakland was busy with incoming jets, Byron’s severely clear weather proved to be a perfect place for Kunal to make his first four landings without the extra weight and constant blabbering of his instructor.


Zsolt Katona CFII

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The Trifecta of Solos: Will Betts, Mark Lederer, and Erik Reed

There must have been something lucky in the air, or just plain old good CFI’s and student pilots, because on Friday, October 18th, we have 3! Pilots that soloed in 05D, one right after another!

Congratulations to:

Mark Lederer

Erik Reed

– Terence Wilson, CFII

and Will Betts, who did 4 touch and goes on 28R with a full stop on 33!

– Mike Eggen

Way to go!

Mark Lederer
Erik Reed

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