Dave Thomas Solos @ BOI

DThomasDave Thomas is training with CFI Tyson Kepler and completed his first solo at KBOI on Dec 22nd. Dave who has been around airplanes a fair bit in his life shows a sense of confidence while at the controls. He has wanted to be a pilot for a long time and decided to stop “waiting for the right time” and now he’s persuing his dream.

Nate McGuire Solos @ BOI

NMcguireNate McGuire turned 17 nine months ago and began flight training shortly after. He September 5th after 11.6 hours at the Boise Airport. That’s a record for his instructor Jon-Michael Brinkerhoff. Not only did Nate solo quickly but he also comes prepared with his homework for every lesson. Way to make us proud, Nate!

Sara Ballantyne Solos @KEUL

SaraBSoloThe Soda Complex fire was still sending billowing plumes of smoke in the air and the miserably hot weather was still hot but that didn’t stop Sara from soloing today Friday August 14th.  Congratulations Sara.

Tyler Morton Does It Alone @ BOI

TMortonAnother person discovers the plane really does perform better without that guy in the right seat!  Congratulations Tyler.  Next up – solo cross country’s.

Wade Douglass Solos July 8!!

wadeSoloWade Douglass soloed today!! The traffic was busy at KBOI, really busy so he and CFI David Moler went to Caldwell to solo. Wade’s take offs and landings were so impressive that a pilot standing by commented to David about his student’s pattern work. Wade on the other hand, was excited that he finally accomplished the first step of completing his life long dream of being a pilot, and is looking forward to finishing his certificate.

StaciLei Solos!!!

StaciSoloStaciLei Tyau barely began flight training in Hawaii before moving to Boise for college at BSU. Even though she has a full workload she’s been persistent and today, June 30th, she soloed in Boise with her CFI Rick Reierson watching and listening in the tarmac.

TJ Westall Adds a Multi Rating

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 Solos!

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 McCord Solos!

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.

Steve Boatman Solos @ BOI

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.