TJ Westall trained with Ponderosa for all of his fixed-wing ratings from his private pilot certificate to his multi-engine. Today, June 26th he completed his multi-engine rating in 9.7 hours including the check ride (with Jullian Pridmore-Brown), and in triple digit temporatures! TJ Westall wants our members to know, “Getting a multi-engine in less than 10 hours is possible…so go out and do it.”
And Go Vandals!
Matt Brigliadoro is an air traffic controller at Mountain Home Air Force Base and the BOI Tower must have known, because they had this student pilot do 4 360’s during at least 2 of his trips around the pattern, and asked him questions about a fire in the distance. Matt said to Ponderosa staff after landing, “I was kinda busy”. Congratulations on your first solo.
Cheryl’s schedule allowed for only midday flying when the heat, mechanical turbulence and thermals were at their worst. All of this was making it rather challenging to put the finishing polish on her landings. CFI David Moler suggested she try flying in the morning. So, on June 28 at 7:00 she did a couple landings and that’s all it took. David got out of the plane and Cheryl did her 3 touch & goes in KBOI. By the time she was done, the temp had increased to nearly 100 degrees and was still rising.
Brandon Jones is taking his CFI rating, recently earned at Ponderosa, and moving to Texas. He has accepted a gig instructing foreign students who eventually will be going back home to take up airline jobs. The job offers Brandon a clear path to the cockpit of a regional jet. Flying RJ’s will go a long way in helping Brandon achieve his long term goal of flying corporate jets. Congratulations Brandon everyone at PAC wishes you the best.
Steve boatman battled 95 degree weather to solo on June 8th. He reported that the engine sounded a little rough to him. Instructor Jon-Michael said it must have just been quieter in the cockpit finally. Good job guys.
Fred soloed during the calm before the storm in KBOI on June 5th. He was ready and his instructor Tyson Kepler saw an opportunity. Shortly after his flight the sunset storm came rolling in. Congratulations to both of you!
Matt Martinez soloed in KEUL on May 22. Matt resisted when David came at him with the scissors because he did not know that a student pilot gets his shirt back cut when he/she solos, and wore a brand new shirt that day.
Another CFI from the Ponderosa ranks. Adam adds some more acronyms to his ticket having earned his CFI and Advance Ground Instructor on May 29th. Arlyn Miller was his DPE. Adam did all his training with CFII/MEI David Moler.