Jason Dodds is a helicopter pilot rated in the US and Canada. In the US he holds a Commercial Rotocraft Certificate. In Canada his rating is called Transport Canada Commercial Rotocraft Certificate. Jason joined Ponderosa Aero Club to learn to fly fixed wing aircraft. On December 7, 2018 Jason earned his fixed wing private pilot add-on certificate with CFI Justin Perkins. Jason went immediately into training with CFII Justin Perkins to obtain his Instrument Airplane Rating. His goal is to fy for the airlines, even though he has plenty of experience flying helicopters for search & rescue, heli-skiing (Part 135), fire fighting, power lines, and the list goes on and on.
Dave Thomas earned his Instrument rating on Halloween! Should we be scared?? Just kidding. This is a huge acheivement for Dave and CFII Jamie Boesiger. Dave was Jamie’s first student to earn an IFR rating, so they both accomplished a “1st”. Congratulations! The DPE who signed Dave’s certificate was Julian Pridmore-Brown.
Sharki Kontra passed her Multi-Engine Instrument Commercial checkride on October 25th in the Club’s PA34-220T Seneca III. After an oral review, completing multiple maneuvers and simulated single engine approaches, DPE Julian Pridmore-Brown signed her logbook and provided her a new certificate. Her instructor was Rick Reierson.
Ready for start up, “Celar”, Andrea confidently announced in his native Italian language. After evaluating Andrea’s skills that evening, CFI Brett Boesiger was dropped off for Andrea’s first solo flight. Another solo student ready for new adventures! Great job Andrea!
Conrad Kennington did his first solo on Saturday, October 7th. After a few warm-up laps around the Boise Airport, his flight instructor Brett Boesiger exited the plane and Conrad was on his own to experience one of the most thrilling tasks of his life!
Joe began his commercial training exactly one year ago. After a year of training, practicing and five check ride cancellations because of weather, he passed his checkride February 20th. Business travel, aircraft not available when Joe was and winter weather all had a part in the long endeavor. But, Joe persevered always keeping the end goal in sight. Congratulations!
Ya’ll know Sharki has been working on an instrument rating. Well, to bring in the new year on Tuesday January 5th the checkride was taken. Rumor has it the only slip occurred while preflighting. She slid down the wing while disembarking the aircraft. Given the option to reschedule she said no way. The gash on the hand was tended to and the flight commenced. Examiner was Greg Herbert. Congrats!
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.