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!
Even though he lives in Seattle Cuyler finds himself back at BOI to tag on his Commercial rating. Always good to see you, just keep the slugs in Seattle!
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!
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.