Student Milestones

Wil Steiner solo
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Congratulations to Wilfred Steiner on his first solo at Norwood!
Ron Fraser solo
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Ron Fraser accomplished his first solo at PVD on Oct. 3.
Noam Lebovitz solo
Monday, October 02, 2017
Noam Lebovitz first solo took place at Norwood, Oct. 2, 2017
Istvan Bardi soloes
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Istvan (Steve) Bardi soloed at Norwood! Well done, Steve!
Drew Mahoney
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Congratulations, Drew Mahoney successful PPL at Norwood! Way to go, Drew!
Jonathan Zhang
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Great work, Jonathan Zhang! You have your PPL! Excellent!
Arian Radmand has his new IFR
Friday, September 01, 2017
Congratulations, Arian Radmand passed his IFR rating on Sept. 1 out of KOWD! Excellent!
Peter Bongiorno PPL!
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Congratulations to Peter Bongiorno for receiving his PPL! Great work, Peter!
Megan Soloes
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Megan Souza soloed August 20 at KPVD. Well done, Megan!
Jun soloes!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Jun Yan soloed at Norwood July 19. Great job, Jun!
Rob Miller solo!
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Rob Miller soloed at Norwood! Way to go, Rob!
Anga passes IFR at KOWD
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Anga Merlo passed his IFR at Norwood! Next step CPL!
Brian has soloed
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Brian Buckland soloed at KOWD! Well done!
Elijah soloed at Norwood 11June
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Elijah Perez soloed at Norwood on June 11! You did it, Elijah!
Levi soloes
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Levi Potter soloed at KOWD! Way to go, Levi!
Rylan has soloed!
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Rylan Richard soloed at KPVD! Awesome!
Isaac soloes!
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Isaac Zhong soloed at KPVD! Way to go, Isaac (and Riki!)
Ken Thomas solo!
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Ken Thomas soloed at KPVD! Great job, Ken!
Mike D. Solo Norwood!
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Mike Donovon soloed at Norwood! Well done, Mike!
Gerhard, newest PPL
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
COngratulations to Gerhard Koenig on his successful PPL at Norwood!
Leandro new IFR rating!
Monday, April 10, 2017
Congrulations Leandro on a sucessful IFR checkride at Norwood!
Garret, our newest PPL!
Friday, March 17, 2017
Garret Bonney passed his PPL checkride at KOWD! Great job, Garret!
Doug is now a PPL
Monday, February 27, 2017
Doug has passed his PPL at PVD, on a checkride with Doug! Way to go!
Nicholas has his PPL
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Nicholas passed his PPL at Providence!
Samantha is a pilot!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Samantha received her PPL at Norwood! Great job, Samantha!
Jared soloes at KOWD
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Jared Ledoux soloed at KOWD Feb. 17. Great work, Jared!
RJ has his IFR
Friday, February 17, 2017
RJ has big plans! He passed his IFR at PVD, and is now on to his CPL and flying parachute jumpers this spring!
Nyron is a Private Pilot
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Big shout out to Nyron Labeach for passin his PPL at KPVD! Exciting!
Steve has his IFR
Monday, January 30, 2017
Congratulations to Steve Kauffman, who passed his IFR. Next stop Alaska!
Elliott soloes!
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Elliott soloed at Norwood! Well done!
Jon soloes
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Jon soloed at PVD in style!
Solo for Alex
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Alex soloed at Norwood! Well done!
New IFR rating
Friday, January 20, 2017
David passed his IFR checkride at KOWD! Great work, David!
Peter solo at KOWD
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Peter Bongiorno soloed at Norwood!
Curtis has his PPL
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Curtis received his PPL at PVD! Well done!
John Connor soloes at OWD
Thursday, December 08, 2016
Congratulations, John! SOLO at KOWD! Great job!
Shaun Hogan IFR
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Congratulations to Shaun on obtaining his Instrument Rating!! Nicely done - as always!!
Harrison is a CFI
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Congratulations to Harrison for passing his CFI checkride today in Providence! Welcome to the Horizon Aviation team!
Bryan soloed at PVD
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Congratulations to Bryan Pickell who soloed at Providence!
Joe Bukis solo at PVD
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Congratulations to Joe Bukis for completing his first solo! Well done!
Garret solos at KOWD!!
Friday, September 09, 2016
Garret soloed at Norwood. He is Justin Misiaszek's student. Way to go, Garret!
New PPL at PVD
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Congratulations to Alicia Evans. It was a big day at PVD as she and Dan Charbonneau both passed their Private Pilot checkrides!
PPL at PVD
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Congratulations to Dan Charboneau! It was a busy morning at PVD as he and Alicia Evans both passed their Private Pilot checkrides!
Solo!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Today Tim Ayres, Scott's student, soloed at North Central! Good work, Tim!
New IFR for Alex
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Another Instrument Pilot today at Norwood! Congratulations goes out to Alex Soldatov for passing his Instrument Check Ride! Alex is now finishing up his commercial license with Zoie. We look forward to then working with Alex on his Instructor certificate. He will be another great pilot and instructor.
Brian passes PPL
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Brian, you did it!!!! Brian took his skills to the limit yesterday and performed his maneuvers with precision. The result: Brian passed his Private Pilot Practical Test at Providence!!! Congratulations to Brian from ALL of us at Horizon Aviation. You are a star! Best of luck to you as you make your three day journey (or if you are lucky - a one day flight) to North Dakota!!!
Wayne passed his IFR
Monday, August 15, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS to Wayne for passing his instrument check ride today at Norwood!! He flew the approaches perfectly and left the examiner with little to say, except "nicely done!"
Kayle Placido PPL!
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Congratulations to Kayla Placido!! She earned her Private Pilot's license yesterday flying out of TF Green Airport. She is on her way to college and has a great jump start to her career in aviation. Kayla started flying with Horizon Aviation last October and flew when she could during her Senior year in High School. Have fun exploring the skies with your family and friends!!
New IFR pilot
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Vince receives his IFR at KOWD
Solo for Samantha
Monday, July 25, 2016
Samantha soloed at KOWD, CFI Justin Misiaszek!
Zoie our new CFI!
Friday, July 15, 2016
Congratulations goes out to Zoie Lape who passed her CFI check ride yesterday out of our Norwood location. She had one of the best performances and knocked the Eights-on-Pylons out of the park!! She is going to be a terrific instructor!!
Future in the air!
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Anish is here for the summer and is flying everyday that he can to complete as much of his pilot training as he can before returning to India in August. "I'm really flying!" he said with a smile after years of flying flight sim on his computer...
Yishu does 10 day flight camp
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Yishu did a 10-day "flying camp" and almost soloed! Hope to see her back next year!
New CFI
Monday, June 06, 2016
Mike passed his CFI check and his next stop is C130J school for RIANG! Thanks for your service, Mike!
Private Pilot for Jingyun
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Congratulations to Jingyun Cui on getting his Pilot's LIcense! Justin worked hard with Jingyun these past few weeks to get the private pilot training complete in time before summer. Jingyun passed his practical with flying colors!! We hope to see you up and flying soon!
Oscar US solo!
Friday, May 27, 2016
Oscar Liot began his US PPL training, and has soloed at KOWD!
Theresa passes her IPC
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Congratulations to Theresa! She completed her IPC at Horizon yesterday after making a three hour commute from Long Island! "It was worth the drive!" smiled Theresa as she completed the ILS 5 into Providence. Thank you for making the drive up to Rhode Island -
Teresa soloes!
Monday, May 23, 2016
Another solo this month!! Congratulations Teresa!! Nicely done. Teresa is working on completing her Private license before returning to China! Good luck!
Dan Skrip new CFI
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Congratulations to Dan Skrip! He passed his Initial Flight Instructor Check Ride this week! All that hard work has paid off. Please congratulate Dan and welcome him as part of the Horizon Aviation team the next time you see him 
Heather is a new CFI!
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Wait for it..... Here she is!!! Congratulations Heather! Heather is our new CFI at PVD!
SOLO!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Congratulations to Kayla Placido on her solo yesterday in N4900H!! We are so excited for you! What an accomplishment!
 Watch the milestones: soon to be PPL!
New PPL at Norwood
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Arian Radmand and his instructor, David, stand in celebration of his Private Pilot License. Arian received his plastic certificate in the mail yesterday!! Congratulations to Arian on this accomplishment. Now it's time to introduce Diane to the wonderful world of aviation!! Have fun! — with Arian Radmand.

New Private Pilot
Friday, February 12, 2016
Congratulations to Jeff Heil!! Jeff earned his Private Pilot's license in the midst of all the challenging weather we had in February!! When Jeff was little, he thought it would be fun to fly. His wife purchased an introductory flight at Horizon Aviation and from that day, he was hooked. Jeff flew when he could get away from work - which he found to be a great distraction from the office. His last words after his check ride were: "I cant wait for my first trip to the vineyard this summer!!"
A new PPL
Saturday, February 06, 2016
Congratulations to both Peter McGlynn and Tom Fornier for passing their check ride last week! Both earned their Private Pilot's license with Bill Burke in Providence!! Peter is looking forward to transition into the Cessna 172 and enjoy his license! Nice job to all of you!
A New Private Pilot License!
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Steve received his PPL at OWD!
Steve gets his PPL
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Congratulations to Steve Sheng who flew through the moderate turbulence to the smooth air above and earned his Private Pilot's License today! Steve has worked hard over the last few months and did a fantastic job on his practical exam. He knew his material and impressed the examiner with his aircraft control. We wish Steve the best in his aviation pursuits!
Jingyun soloes
Monday, January 18, 2016
Congratulations to Jingyun Cui on his first solo flight at Norwood Airport yesterday!! There is nothing like the feeling of that first takeoff by yourself. Nice job! It's time to move on to new adventures! Have fun on the cross-country flight planning 
Solo for Cullen
Friday, January 15, 2016
Congratulations to Cullen Mansfield! He completed his first solo today at our Norwood location as his instructor, David, watched from the tower. Nice job!! Next - on to cross country and night flights!!

Norwood has a new CFI
Friday, December 04, 2015
Congratulations to Justin! He passed his CFI check ride with flying colors!! We welcome Justin as our newest flight instructor at our Norwood location.
New Private Pilot
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Congratulations to Eric Kau!! He earned his Private Pilot's License on Tuesday of this week! Eric is a quick learner and decided to try flying to see if he liked it. Well, I guess he liked it because he is now our newest pilot!!

New Private Pilot
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Congratulations to Mike Mayer on passing his Private Pilot check ride today! And next??? Airplane ownership??

New CFI!
Friday, November 20, 2015
Congratulations Seth! Seth passed his CFI Check Ride today. It was a long wait for this day due to weather and schedules. Seth knocked it out of the park with his passion for aviation. We are excited about Seth joining the Horizon team of instructors.

Solo
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Congratulations Kyle! Kyle Sjoberg solo-ed for the first time at North Central in N67995! He felt the sweet accomplishment of leaving his instructor, Bill, on the ground watching him soar into the air unassisted and fly back to the ground with grace.
Reggie passed his PPL
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Another Private Pilot License yesterday! Congratulations Reggie!! Reggie started the morning looking at a layer 800 overcast over Norwood - his destination for his PPL check ride from Providence. The clouds dissipated for his arrival into KOWD, after which it was smooth sailing (or flying) for Reggie. Not minutes upon his return to Providence, Reggie is making plans to complete his instrument rating. His goal is to become an airline pilot.

First Solo
Monday, January 12, 2015
Congratulations to Mike Mulligan on his first solo at North Central Airport!
Multi Engine
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Congratulations to Lance Calvert on receiving his Multi Engine Rating in Providence! Lance will soon begin working on his CFI training.
Private Pilot
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Zach earned his Private Pilot Certificate in Norwood! His hard-work and perseverance showed when he dominated the sky over Boston. Congrats Zach!
First Solo
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Congratulations to Alvin Tin on his First Solo in Providence!
Instrument Rating
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Dan Skrip is now an Instrument Rated pilot under the instruction of Kyle in Norwood! He is now starting his work on his Commercial Pilots Licence!
First Solo
Monday, December 01, 2014
Natalie Chin took to the skies for her first solo in Norwood!
First Solo
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Congratulations to Omair Ghoury on his first solo in Providence! Also to Kyle his instructor!
Private Pilot
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Congratulations to Vincent Potts on becoming a Private Pilot in Norwood!
Private Pilot
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Congratulations to Julian Natale on passing his Private Pilot check ride in Providence! Julian is jumping right into his Instrument training this week!
First Solo
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Congratulations to Yasameen Nassiri on her First Solo in Norwood!
Instrument Rating
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Congratulations to Jim Grace on earning his Instrument Rating in Providence!
First Solo
Friday, November 14, 2014
Yevgen came to Horizon all the way from Ukraine! He took several loops in the traffic pattern in Norwood during his first solo! Good job and keep up the good work!
Private Pilot
Saturday, November 08, 2014
David Santamaria has earned the right to call himself a pilot! Congratulation's from Horizon Aviation and your instructor Eddy!
First Solo
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Brian Hinthorne dominated the sky of Norwood yesterday during his first solo! Congratulations!
First Solo
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Wei-Chi Liu (Wayne) came to Horizon all the way from Taiwan to become a pilot. He accomplished the most memorable feat of his aviation career, the first solo. Congratulations Wayne!!
Private Pilot
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Congratulations to Matt Mousseau on becoming Horizon Aviation's newest Private Pilot in Providence! Matt also plans to pursue his instrument rating soon! Great job Matt!
First Solo
Monday, October 20, 2014
Congratulations to Chris Adams on his first solo at North Central Airport!
First Solo
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Matthew Grosshandler proved that perseverance and hard work pays in the end. He completed his first solo in Norwood! Congrats Matt!!!
Private Pilot
Monday, October 13, 2014
Bill Butler dominated the Boston sky during his Private pilot checkride! Congratulations Bill!
Private Pilot
Monday, October 06, 2014
Ryan Andrade started flying with Horizon Aviation when he was 16 years old. A quick learner, he spent his summers flying as much as he could. We congratulate Ryan who has become our newest Private Pilot on October 6, 2014! 
Commercial Pilot
Friday, September 12, 2014
Jhari Gaio is our newest Commercial Pilot. Jhari was one of our first New England Tech students and he is a terrific pilot! He has made it through the Commercial program and will be working on completing his Multi-Engine rating next.

We wish him luck as he returns home to Grand Cayman!!
Private Pilot
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Congratulations to Elisabeth Peters on passing the Private Pilot checkride in Norwood and becoming Horizon Aviation's newest pilot!
Instrument Rating
Friday, August 29, 2014
Congratulations to Christopher Snell on passing his instrument rating checkride at TF Green!
CFI
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Congratulations to John Marchetti on becoming Horizon Aviation's newest Certified Flight Instructor! John will begin work on his CFI-I!
First Solo
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Great job Sean Gillan on your first solo in Norwood this week!
First Solo
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Congratulations to Eric Russo on his first solo in Providence!
Private Pilot
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Congratulations to Horizon Aviation's newest Private Pilot Remy Koelemij who passed his checkride in Norwood!
Commercial Pilot
Friday, August 15, 2014
Congratulations to Lance Calvert on becoming a commercial pilot!
Private Pilot
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Congratulations to Dan Skrip on passing his Private Pilot checkride! Dan is ready to jump right into his instrument training and continue on his career path. Congrats Dan!
First Solo
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Congratulations to Evan Courtemanche on his First Solo in Nowood!
Commercial Pilot
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Congratulations to David Ohlson on becoming a commercial pilot!
First Solo
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Congratulations to Michael Hanna on his first solo in Norwood!
Certified Flight Instructor
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Congratulations to Bill Burke on passing his Certified Flight Instructor check ride in Providence!
First Solo
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Congratulations to Liang Yu on his first solo in Norwood!
CFI
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Congratulations to Clark Binley on passing his CFI checkride!
First Solo
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Congratulations to Elisabeth Peters on her first solo at North Central State Airport!
First Solo
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Congratulations to Dan Skrip on his First Solo in Norwood! Great job Dan!
Private Pilot License
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Congratulations to Trevor Soucy on passing his private pilot check ride in Norwood! Great job Trevor!
Private Pilot License
Friday, May 30, 2014
Congratulations to Ben Bushnell on earning his private pilot license!
First Solo
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Congratulations to Patrick Carberry on his first solo in Providence. Great job Patrick!
First Solo
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Congratulations to Leandro Amorim on his first Solo in Norwood! Great job Leandro!
Instrument Rating
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
After completing his Private Pilot's License in 2010 with Horizon Aviation, Collin returned for more training to receive his Instrument rating. Collin was so happy he then picked up his instructor in celebration! Congratulations Collin!
CFII
Friday, May 02, 2014
Congratulations to Tristan Haqqani for passing his CFII in Norwood!
Private Pilot License
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Congratulations to Eann Liska for passing his Private Pilot checkride in PVD!
Instrument Rating
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Congratulations to Steven Smirnoudis on passing his Instrument check ride in Norwood!
First Solo
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Congratulations to Atlas Wegman for his first Solo at KPVD!
First Solo
Monday, April 07, 2014
Congratulations to Danielle Rossier on her first Solo in Providence!
First Solo
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Congratulations to Michael Pires on his first solo! Michael soloed at KEWB and did a great job. Even the Air Traffic Controller was impressed. Good job Mike!
First Solo
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Congratulations to David Santamaria on his first Solo in Providence!
First Solo
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Congratulations to Vincent Potts on his first Solo Flight in Norwood!
First Solo
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Congratulations to Evens Francois on his first Solo Flight!
Certified Flight Instructor
Friday, February 28, 2014
Congratulations to Tristan Haqqani for passing his Certified Flight Instructor check ride!
Private Pilot License
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Congratulations to our newest Private Pilot Leigh Meunier who passed her check ride Sunday in Norwood! Leigh has been prepared to be a pilot for several months now, but weather forced her to cancel 7 scheduled check rides.
First Solo
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Congrats to Dean Piersiak on his first Solo up in Norwood!
Intrument Rating
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Stephan is our newest instrument rated pilot! Training in the Cirrus is more challenging with the advanced technology and all its possible failure modes, but with persistence and hard work, he has passed his checkride and will be looking forward to flying circles (or racetracks) in the clouds!

Commercial Pilot
Monday, December 30, 2013
Congratulations to Clark Binley who became a Commercial Pilot! Clark took a break while pursuing his CPL but realized he couldn't leave aviation behind. He is currently working on becoming a Certified Flight Instructor!
Private Pilot
Friday, December 13, 2013
Congratulations Paul Burke on passing your Private Pilot check ride. The conditions were not easy at best. Paul has been working on his PPL so he can enjoy flying for fun. He plans on renting aircraft in the New England region and also in Florida. Paul it has been an absolute privilege to work with you and I can't wait to hear it when you have your instrument. Awesome job today!
Private Pilot
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Congratulations to Dylan Greene on passing your Private Pilot. Dylan looks forward to flying around New England with his family!
Private Pilot
Friday, November 08, 2013
Heather passed her private pilot check ride. She has been working hard on her license while going to New England Tech and is now moving right onto her instrument and commercial training. Heather is a great pilot and will have no problem earning her next rating or license. Congrats Heather!
Private Pilot
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Congratulations to Jason Bowman! Jason is a medical student at Brown university. A busy course load and difficult exams were not a big enough challenge, so Jason decided to take on learning to fly an airplane at the same time. Jason plans to use his pilot certificate for travel and pleasure. Over the summer when his course load is a little lighter he plans to begin work on an instrument rating.
Private Pilot
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Look out New England, we have a newly certified Private Pilot in Walter Conklin from our Providence location. Walter passed his check ride with absolute perfection on a day that was quite challenging. Walter began training a few months ago. Walter is looking forward to using this for work and travel, especially to go skiing this winter. Congrats Walter and it was a pleasure working with you and I can't wait to start your instrument next week!
Private Pilot
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Horizon aviation is proud to congratulate Nikhil Amalean on becoming a private pilot. A great accomplishment, well-deserved by a passionate and hard-working young man. We all at Horizon Aviation wish Nikhil the best of luck as his career is taking him to London, where he plans to continue flying and take on the sites of England from above!
Private Pilot
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Congratulations to Jeff Fisher the newest private pilot at Horizon Aviation. Jeff broke his leg midway through training and despite a new knee decided he wants to be a pilot. With hard work and determination he flew through the test of training. Jeff plans to begin working in his instrument rating shortly while enjoying his new privileges with his family.
Instrument Rating
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Congratulations to Louis Izzo on passing your IFR checkride! Louis is currently a freshman in College outside of Boston and plans on graduating prior to returning for his Commercial certificate. Louis worked extremely hard on his IFR and earned it! Congrats Louis!!
Commercial Pilot
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Congratulations to Bill Burke on passing his commercial check ride in 5099V. Bill is looking to possibly change careers soon and has started working towards his Flight Instructor Certificate. Congrats Bill and we look forward to having you around.
Instrument Rating
Friday, November 18, 2011
Congratulations to Eddie Norberg who received his Instrument Rating today! Eddie is one of our New England Tech career pilot program students. Today was fairly windy, but Eddie has worked hard and handled it well. Great job!
Private Pilot
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Edmir Duarte showed Mother Nature who is boss today by passing his Private Pilot checkride in challenging weather conditions. The wind was howling across every runway at PVD this morning. We were slightly surprised when Edmir elected to continue the checkride. A short while later, Edmir landed back at PVD, parked the airplane perfectly in its spot, and sported the smile that only shows up when you pass your ride. 

 

Congrats Edmir! 

Solo
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Allen Turnbull flew his first solo flight on Tuesday, September 13th! After landing back at TF Green airport, Allen reported that he was not nervous at all. He had been looking forward to it for so long that he was ready to go! Allen brings a youthful enthusiasm to his flight training that is contagious. Pilots can get caught up in the minutiae of flying. Sometimes you just have to sit back and relish in the fact that all this flying stuff, at the end of the day is really cool.

 Allen, keep that enthusiasm with you at all times! Congrats!   

Private Pilot
Friday, September 02, 2011

Louisa Chafee is the nation’s newest Private Pilot! Louisa flew with us between keeping hectic college, and work schedules. She came to us at the beginning of the summer declaring that she was not finishing this summer without her license in hand. Well, she made good on her word this morning. Wildlife paramedic, accomplished sailor, and now a licensed pilot. Not bad at all, Louisa!

 

Congratulations!

Private Pilot
Friday, August 19, 2011
Tal Shoham is a licensed Private Pilot as of this past Friday! Tal began flight training when she was just sixteen, taking a keen interest in it after her father shared his love for flying with her-taking her on many a ride through the skies over New England. Tal is a driven student who has put a great deal of effort into her training. I've seen her preparing for solo flights and checkrides with excitement and a steadfast determination to get every detail just right. It's been a privilege to fly with her and I'm sure her aviation journey is just beginning. I look forward to seeing where her talent and motivation carry her next!
Congratulations Tal!
Solo
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Nick McCooey is 16 years old. He does not yet possess a driver's license. Today, Nick flew an airplane...by himself. Can't drive a car...can fly an airplane.

I won't forget Nick's first lesson. After he left, his instructor came up to me with a strange look on his face. It was the same look he has after a difficult flight. I assumed that it was a tough lesson and offered to talk it through. Joe R...oy, Nick's instructor, said "No, it was easy. Too easy." Nick took to flying as much as any person can. His first solo came within his first 20 hours of flight training. CFI Joe Roy predicts that Nick will be ready to get his license on his 17th birthday, first day he will be legally eligible for a Pilot's License. Keep up the good work, Nick!
Solo
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Luis's dad first introduced him to flying, and his entire family has been involved with aviation--his father was a captain for Avianca
Airlines and two grandfathers were pilots.  Luis likes everything about flying, especially the flexibility to be able to go anywhere at anytime. After the PPL, Luis wants to get his IFR, multi, complex and G1000 transition.

Congratulations, Luis!

Sameet Patel
Private Pilot
Sunday, July 24, 2011

Rusty Hall:  Private Pilot Extraordinaire!  Rusty passed his checkride this morning despite some rain showers and less than perfect conditions. 

 

Rusty, like many of our New England Tech students, has become a fixture at the airport.  He has spent many hours here studying, helping out, and even changing the tires on our golf cart. If his work ethic thus far is any indication of what is to come we can expect big things from Mr. Hall.  Whatever he decides he wants to fly, I am sure that he will be able to if he keeps working as hard as he has.  We are all thrilled that he has his PPL and look forward to his continued success. 

 

 

Private Pilot
Saturday, July 16, 2011

Theresa Cuevas said she was “buggin’ out!” during her first solo.  She handled her Private Pilot like a champ on Saturday and is now a licensed pilot! 

Theresa makes no attempt at hiding her passion for flight.  She once came to the airport late in the day when she wasn’t scheduled to fly.  When I asked her why she was here she replied “I just watched ‘One Six Right’ and I started to cry so I had to come to the airport.”  I mention this not to poke fun at Theresa but to highlight how much she loves flying.  I guarantee that she is not the only person to tear up at the sight of an airplane. 

Today she can hold her head high and say the she IS a pilot.  The only thing separating her from flying the big jets is a little bit of time and energy.  No one at Horizon Aviation doubts that Theresa will have a long and successful career as a pilot.  Congratulations Theresa!  (you can bug out now.)  

Private Pilot
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Graeme Smith realized a life long dream of becoming a pilot on Thursday, July 5, 2011.  His passion for flight stretches back to his roots in Scotland where he developed an affinity for the Supermarine Spitfire.  While he has yet to get a ride in a Spit’ he is free to fly any airplane he chooses…so long as it has a single engine (at least for now.) 

Everyone always knew when Graeme was in the building.  There would be a fresh serving of muffins and donuts on the front counter for anyone that was in need.  The “Smith Breakfast” will be seen again soon as he aims to complete his Instrument training and tailwheel rating. 

Three cheers for you, Graeme.  We all enjoyed having you here and look forward to flying with you again. 

Commercial Pilot
Sunday, June 26, 2011

Denis Nduati came all the way from Kenya to complete his professional pilot training.  We are proud to announce that Denis became a Commercial Pilot on June 26th.  Denis plans on returning home immediately following his successful checkride.  He hopes to pursue a career with the airlines in Kenya. 

 

Denis is a shining example of one of the best aspects of aviation.  Denis was bit by the aviation bug on the opposite side of the globe from us.  He shared the same passion as we do.  We enjoyed hearing stories about flying in Kenya, and about life in his hometown.  We wish him all the best of luck in his career.

 

Congratulations Denis!  

Multi-Engine Commercial
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stefan Arnason is now a US multi-engine, commercial pilot with instrument privileges.  Already licensed in his home of Iceland, Stefan needed to obtain his US licenses for career advancement.  He will embark on a new career within the next month! 

Stefan had the misfortune of arriving in Rhode Island just as the weather took an unexpected and unprecedented turn for the worse.  We, along with all of Southern New England had to wait two weeks for the fog to clear.  Stefan stuck with us and made incredible use of his time.  There were no wasted hours.  He had clarity of purpose and got the job done. 

We wish Stefan all the best of luck in his new career.  Congratulations Stefan!   

Multi-Engine
Sunday, June 19, 2011

Simon Green is a private pilot, tailwheel qualified, G1000 qualified, and now he is licensed to fly multi engine aircraft as well! 

Simon made the long trek to us from Manhattan to complete his multi engine flying in our Twin Comanche.  Simon had been flying with us at our Norwood location before work took him to the Big Apple.  Despite being in the concrete jungle, Simon maintained his passion for flying and commuted to our Rhode Island location over the course of several weeks to fly.  We are thrilled to see Simon earn his multi engine license and look forward to flying with him again! 

Solo
Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday the 13th:  A day cloaked in superstition; where the expectation of misfortune and calamity run amok.  Or, it can be a great day to fly an airplane by yourself for the first time.  Ernie Dinino did just that on a calm Friday evening.  Ernie shoehorns his tall frame into the Cessna 152 for each lesson, debunking the myth that the smallest of the Cessnas are reserved for the smallest people.  Ernie’s progress is tremendous and we can’t wait to see him complete his training!  Congrats Ernie!     

Instrument Pilot
Monday, May 09, 2011
Dave Zinsner is quite possibly one of the busiest guys I know. In addition to running a company, and working on his Instrument rating in the evenings, Dave was also training for the Boston Marathon, which he successfully completed just last month. Yet despite his hectic schedule he's still brought an extraordinary level of dedication, attention to detail, and enthusiasm to every flight.
Dave is officially an instrument rated pilot after completing his checkride this past week!
He is planning to keep flying to build time towards his commercial license. He also has plans for another marathon in the not too distant future.
No breaks on the horizon for Dave, and I'm sure he'll continue to impress on the track and in the air.
Congratulations Dave!
Solo
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Kendal Bain traded the warm tropical weather in the Bahamas for a shot at being a professional pilot. Kendal joined our New England Tech program recently and has already made his first solo. His CFI Joe Roy expects him to cruise through the rest of the PPL and more. Congratulations Kendal!
Solo
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Edmir Duarte became the latest of our New England Tech students to make his first solo flight. Edmir is a cool character. He works quiet but hard. His successful first solo is a testament to his work ethic. All of us at Horizon are looking forward to seeing Edmir progress. Congratulations Edmir!
Solo
Monday, April 25, 2011
Joe Varin decided it was time to get his Private Pilot license. He first approached us months ago and he told me then that he was going to fly in the spring. .Sure enough, Joe showed up and got to work. He made pretty quick work of the first stage of his training. Joe made his first solo flight and we couldn’t be happier for him. Congratulations Joe!
Private Pilot
Friday, April 15, 2011

Steve Antoni passed his Private Pilot checkride this morning in style!

Do not be fooled by Steve’s easy going demeanor. Steve attacked his training as aggressive as any student we have seen. He is dedicated to his flight training, and his studies at New England Institute of Technology. We are thrilled to see him pass PPL and cannot wait to see a repeat performance as he goes through our Instrument, and Commercial courses.

Congratulations Steve!

Instrument Pilot
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Seth Griffin successfully completed his instrument training with Horizon Aviation today.  Seth has been flying with us for some time and many of you may remember him as a former ramp agent a few summers back.  Seth is wrapping up his college degree in New Hampshire, and his flight training with us here in RI.  Seth will be back this spring to finish up his commercial and CFI training.  We look forward to having him back! 

 

Congrats Mr. Griffin!  
Solo
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Matt is currently a high school senior who plans to enter college in the fall pursuing a degree in engineering. Despite being busy with his AP classes in school as well as work, Matt makes the time to study towards his PPL. I was very happy to solo Matt, who has been ready for quite some time despite this tough winter.  Congratulations Matt!  ~ Joe Roy
Instrument Pilot
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
     Andrew Novikov is the newest Instrument Rated Private Pilot!  As of today, March 8th, Andrew can now fly IFR to his destinations through the clouds and not have to worry about those VFR cloud clearances.  With his instrument rating, Andrew can fly to places where maybe a VFR pilot couldn't go.  Andrew is a great student who always comes prepared to fly with the best attitude that a pilot can have.  He is always trying to get better and that can be seen from his training in a Cessna or a Decathlon, where he has been learning how to fly a tail-dragger.  
    Andrew is one of the few students that I can remember who achieved his Private Pilot License and Instrument Rating in under 1 year!  Andrew began flying with Horizon back at the end of March 2010.  Here we are at the beginning of March 2011 and Andrew is now instrument rated!  Congrats Andrew!

-John Kozak
Private Pilot
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I love Fred's laugh.  You would hear on the days he had a great flight.  You would hear on days where the flight was challenging.  You would even hear it on days when the weather was bad and there was no flight.  If Fred was in the building, there was laughter.  We are thrilled to announce that Fred has completed his training and is now a licenses Private Pilot.  When Fred retired a few years ago he set out to do all those things that he had always wanted to do.  Congratulations to Fred for a job well done and we look forward to seeing him again once the ski season is over. 
Private Pilot
Friday, February 11, 2011

Nick Larkin is a Private Pilot! He passed his checkride just this past Friday.Though he spends much of his time aloft, traveling for business, I'm sure he would tell you there is no comparison to the view from the cockpit! He recently had the opportunity to share that view with his sister Ellen, who had originally purchased Nick's intro flight. 

 

As he travels quite often for work, Nick has had the experience of flying into many international and domestic airports and occasionally talking with many pilots in the field. He can easily rattle off numerous details and procedures at many airports. He can also tell you the best places to stay and where the best food is at. Throughout his training, his attention to detail, planning skills, and appreciation for new culture and adventure have proved him a consummate pilot. It’s been a pleasure to get to know him and learn from him as we’ve flown together.

Congratulations Nick!   

~Paul Jacob
Solo
Friday, January 28, 2011
Theresa had a great reaction to soloing for the first time.  I was outside when Theresa and Joe Roy arrived back at PVD.  I asked her how it went.  With the biggest smile you have ever seen she says "I was BUGGIN' OUT!"  Despite buggin' out, Theresa successfully completed her first solo with us on January 28th.  Theresa attends New England Tech and is, pun intended, flying through the program.  Her goal is to be the captain of a 747 someday flying international routes.  A Cessna 152 is the first step Theresa!  Keep it up!     
Private Pilot
Monday, January 10, 2011

Ben Koevary flew an intro flight with Horizon in the Summer of 2008. He had been contemplating a career in aviation, or at the very least learning to fly for fun, but he wanted to try it out just be sure. After his first flight, Ben decided the world of aviation was definitely something he wanted to be a part of. He began flying whenever he could find time in his busy college schedule, and started training consistently in the fall of last year.

Ben earned his Private Pilot license today! He’s put in extraordinary effort, especially over the past couple weeks. He’s flown many a lengthy training flight, and studied late into many nights in order to prepare himself for tests he recently passed with flying colors! He finished just in time to continue his college classes abroad, and is looking forward to flying wherever and whenever he can.

Congratulations Ben!
Private Pilot
Thursday, December 30, 2010
John Doris wanted to be an astronaut when he was younger and remembers watching jets takeoff out of then Otis Air Force Base. He says that’s where his desire to learn how to fly first began. John took his first intro flight at age 13. He remembers being nervous before that first flight, but once he got in the air he only remembers a rush of excitement and an immense feeling of freedom.
John became a licensed Private Pilot today at the ripe old age of 17! He’s still aiming to become a fighter pilot and perhaps one day work for NASA.
His next goal is to begin instrument training while learning to fly aerobatic aircraft.
After his checkride, John remarked that he felt an amazing feeling of accomplishment. He also remarked that his parents were “wicked happy” for him as well.
Congratulations John! Keep shooting for the stars!
Solo
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Rusty Hall became the first of our newest New England Tech group to solo. Rusty has distinguished himself as a hard working, dedicated student driven to succeed. He spends much of his free time here at the school studying and helping out as much as he can. We enjoy having him at the airport and wish him continued success!

Private Pilot
Monday, December 06, 2010

On our home page, it says that some students learn to fly to get places, others because they enjoy the feeling of moving through the air, and still others want to make it their full-time career. Fernando Portillo fits all three! Fernando has been training with us since early this year, after moving here from Venezuela. As of this past Monday, Fernando is a licensed Private Pilot!

Fernando is an extraordinarily enthusiastic and determined student-riding his bike in to the flight school, on many a cold blustery New England afternoon from the train station. He always strides into the office with a confident smile on his face anxious to get up in the sky.

Fernando will soon be working towards a degree in aviation administration, while pursuing his Instrument rating as well. He has many business ideas and dreams, not the least of which is a jet charter of his own some day.

Congratulations Fernando!
Instrument Pilot
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Juan Castillo had quite a big grin on his face this Thursday morning after stepping out of the cockpit of the Cessna 172SP he had flown on his checkride. Juan is now an Instrument Rated Private Pilot! He has been pursuing an Instrument rating ever since earning his Private Pilot’s License earlier this year.

He says the Instrument Pilot is the "complete pilot," and he is looking forward to filing instrument flight plans to his destinations in the future. Juan appreciates the added level of confidence he has now near inclement weather and the reassuring feeling of an entire team of air traffic controllers supporting his flights from start to finish.

He is planning to move on to bigger and better aircraft in the future, while still flying weekly to maintain his proficiency.

Solo
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Matthew Ulmer made his first solo flight in a Cessna 172 today. Matt is a Coast Guard cadet living here in Boston. Originally from Colorado, Matt came to Horizon just a few months ago in the hopes of achieving a Private Pilot's License. In just under 15 hours, Matthew soloed on a sunny Decemeber afternoon. After getting his Private, Matthew hopes to continue his aviation career in the Coast Guard and fly family and friends all over.

Congrats Matt!
Solo
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ben Koevary has always had in interest in aviation. He remarked that he was always happy up in the sky flying to various destinations when he was younger. He received an intro flight as a gift at Horizon and fell in love with the experience of flying.

Today, Ben flew his first solo flight! Ben made three landings and taxied the plane back in-noting it was quite a bit lighter and more responsive without an instructor on board. Ben is looking forward to night flights, the next part of his training, and earning his Private Pilot’s license down the road. In particular, He’s looking forward to using his license to fly in Australia during his student exchange trip there next year.

Congratulations Ben!

Private Pilot
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Derrek Aaron is the newest Private Pilot in the world of aviation.

Derrek came to Horizon Aviation in the middle of August having done some previous training in the midwest. That training came over two years ago and at a smaller airport in Quincy, Illinois. Derrek had to refresh his pilot skills and learn the radios at a busy airport in the Northeast. He could only schedule his lessons on the weekends because his job required him to travel during the week. Even with the limited time available, he successfully passed his private pilot checkride in three months. Derrek said that a friend in college got him into the world of aviation. Now, he can fly his friends and family all over. I look forward to flying again someday with Derrek. Congratulations Derrek!

Private Pilot
Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thorsten Becker started flying with us in July of this year. He flew his first solo a month after his first flight, and after 4 months of training, Thorsten is now a Licensed Private Pilot! He passed his checkride just this afternoon.

Before flying airplanes Thorsten flew model radio-controlled helicopters, but he remarks they do NOT compare to "the real thing." Thorsten is looking forward to taking his family flying with him, taking on challenges like the Hudson River corridor through New York’s busy airspace, and eventually moving on to his Instrument training. His daughter is still eager to join him in the cockpit, despite being mildly disappointed when informed there might not be food and drinks like on the big planes.

Thorsten is a dedicated student, an able pilot, and I am looking forward to sharing the skies with him.

Congratulations Thorsten!

Private Pilot
Saturday, November 13, 2010

Karen Motz is a Private Pilot! Karen has been intently working toward her first license since early April of this year. Karen’s dedication, meticulous attention to detail, and infectious laugh make her an absolute pleasure to teach and fly with.

Karen is looking forward to flying to meet friends and family with her new license. Among her favorite training flights is her solo long cross-country flight-flying high over the hills of New Hampshire and seeing countless little white buildings against the vibrant backdrop of New England’s peak Fall season.

Karen has already carried her trademark eagerness and intensity into the first part of her Instrument training and shows no signs of slowing down!

Congratulations Karen!

Certified Flight Instructor
Friday, November 05, 2010

When he was younger, Brian Campbell would often fly along with his Mom-a flight attendant for United Airlines-on many a 757 flight to Chicago. Somewhere among those many flights is where Brian speculates the idea to pursue a career in aviation first developed in his mind. Brian flew his first intro flight during his junior year in high school and got to “takeoff” and “land” the airplane (with an instructor at the controls beside him). He officially began flight training in college while working toward a 4-year degree in the field at the same time. He remarks he was surprised he began flight training on just the second day of his first semester, but found he enjoyed the challenge.
Brian earned his Certified Flight Instructor certificate just this past Wednesday after completing his checkride with the FAA. His enthusiasm and dedication to learning have been readily apparent during his training here at Horizon, and he is always a pleasure to fly with.
Congratulations Brian!

Commercial Pilot
Monday, October 18, 2010

Drew Beltis earned his Commercial Pilot license today! As a child, Drew remembers annual flights to Arizona to visit his grandparents that first piqued his interest in Aviation. He began a 4-year degree program in aviation after high school. Now after completing the final requirement-his commercial license-Drew will be able to claim his diploma and move on to even greater challenges.

Like many pilots, Drew remembers his first solo as one of the greatest moments in his pilot career. He also remarked that the precision and level of awareness he’s developed during his flight training have had a positive effect on other parts of his life as well.

Congratulations Drew!

CFI
Friday, October 08, 2010

Congratulations are in order for Cate Bugsch.  Cate passed her Certified Flight Instructor checkride this morning with the FAA.  She came to us after earning her Bachelors Degree and pilot ratings at a four-year college.  She worked closely with our Chief Instructor Victoria Kuo towards her CFI certificate and now she has it!  She looks forward to starting her career as a CFI, inspiring the next generation of pilots!  Congrats Cate!

CFII
Friday, October 08, 2010

You may remember Andy from past web updates such as “Andy gets his IFR” and “Oshkosh 2009”.  Today we add yet another chapter to the Andy Pierce story with the completion of his Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument certificate.  There aren’t many licenses left for Andy to snatch up with only the multi engine courses left.  Andy is always a joy to have around the school and we may need to develop more training courses to keep him here!  Commercial hot air balloon?   

Private Pilot
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Krystopher  Alexander passed his Private Pilot checkride today! Krys’s grandparents first inspired him to pursue a career in aviation-one with model radio controlled aircraft, another who was actually a full fledged airline captain. Kry says flying is just “really awesome!” It’s not something many people can say they get to do every day.”

His favorite memory of flying was during a solo cross-country flight over the ocean. He says he remembered looking down at the water and being amazed by the colors of the water reflecting the sky. Krys is looking forward to taking his family flying with him and moving on to his instrument training-hoping to eventually earn a living flying airplanes every day.

Congratulations Krys!

Solo
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thorsten Becker wanted to pursue flying as a career when he was younger, but eventually chose a different career path. As an adult, he took a few flying lessons at various locations. However, only after moving back into the Boston area, and constantly seeing airplanes flying over his hometown, did his desire to fly become a reality. Thorsten started in August of this year, and after a short 11 hours of training, completed his first solo flight this afternoon!

Thorsten is a truly dedicated student and has been great to fly with. He is already looking ahead to his instrument training and preparing for what he says will be an even bigger challenge-convincing his wife to come flying with him! Of flying, he remarks that he truly enjoys the challenge and the idea of learning a skill that will always keep him learning.

Congratulations Thorsten!

Solo
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Paolo Bernardi fell in love with flying as a young boy when he used to visit a little grass strip near his house with his family.  He watched planes take off and land, and gliders being towed and returning back to the Earth safely and effortlessly.  He knew that one day he wanted to learn how to fly and experience the joys for being aloft.  On September 14, Paolo accomplished a major milestone on his journey.  The weather was beautiful and the winds were favorable, and the time had come for him to take flight by himself.  Paolo executed three great landings, and had a great big smile when he returned.  He admitted that he was a little nervous, but very excited and knew he had nothing to worry about since he was well prepared.  He is truly on his way to accomplish his dream.

Congratulations Paolo! 

Private P{ilot
Saturday, September 11, 2010

Darryn Mackenzie has had a lifelong fascination with flying-reading books about planes his parents would buy him when he was younger and eventually working in the charter jet business. Darryn recently began pursuing a license of his own, and today earned his Private Pilot Certificate! He admits that training turned out to be more challenging than he originally anticipated, but he was motivated by the thought of one day being able to enjoy the freedom of taking an airplane to a destination of his choice. He also remarked that the thrill of flying, and his passion for it, only grew the more he flew.

Looking back on his training, Darryn's favorite memory was the preparation and effort he put into his first solo cross-country flight. He says the combination of pressure and excitment-taking an airplane out of the local airport environment on his own for the first time-was not only exhilarating, but also took his concentration to a whole new level. Darryn already has many friends and family who are looking forward to riding along with him, and he is looking forward to putting his license to good use!

Congratulations Darryn!

Private Pilot
Friday, September 10, 2010
Andrew Novikov became the newest Private Pilot on September 10th, 2010 after taking his first flight lesson less than six months ago.  He soloed for the first time about three months into training and then passed his checkride less than 3 months after that experience.  It is no surprise to his instructor that he passed his Knowledge and Practical Tests with flying colors.  Andrew always came to lessons prepared and enjoyed every takeoff and flight that followed.  Having come from the Ukraine, Andrew has traveled very far on the airlines, but now he can be the Pilot in Command and take his friends and family flying.  Andrew is diving right into instrument training, having already begun to become a more proficient pilot flying by the instruments. 

Congratulations Andrew!
Solo
Monday, September 06, 2010
Olena came to Horizon Aviation from far away.  Originally from the Ukraine, Olena first started her flight training down in Kansas where she trained out of a small uncontrolled airport.  When she moved to the Boston area, she came to Horizon Aviation to continue her passion for flying.  Only being able to schedule maybe two or three lessons a month, Olena was dedicated to her studies of aviation and came prepared for each lesson.  With her lessons few and far between, Olena had to deal with the New England weather and other scheduling changes that limited her flying.  But on a cool Labor Day morning with calm winds out of the west, Olena took to the skies in a Cessna 172.  I don't think I have seen a bigger smile on a student's face after soloing for the first time.  She is looking forward to continuing her training towards her Private Pilot.  Congratulations Olena!

John Kozak

Solo
Thursday, September 02, 2010

Hurricane Earl would not intimidate the mighty Alisdair Smith!  While half of Rhode Island was running to the store to stock up on milk and bread Alisdair was taking off from Quonset Point on his first solo flight.  Three hops around the pattern solidified his place in the world as a bonafied pilot. 

 

Alisdair would like to thank his Dad for giving him the opportunity to travel to the states and spend his summer at an airport learning “the family business.”  He may be the first student we have had that is gung-ho about getting his hot air balloon rating!  We will be sad to see both Alisdair and Euan head back home next week.  Blue skies fellas! 

Solo
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Collin O'Neill came to Horizon Aviation for an intoductory flight at the beginning of April.  Being able to fly only a couple of times per week after work, Collin successfully soloed an airplane less than five months later.  The sun was bright and hot, but the winds were light and right down the runway as Collin completed three landings to finish off his first solo.  Now, Collin is ready to continue his training towards that goal of obtaining his Private Pilot License.  Congrats Collin!   -John K
Private Pilot
Monday, August 30, 2010
Judging from the photo, Riccardo is quite relieved he successfully passed his Checkride today! Riccardo Frasca has been pursuing a career in aviation ever since he graduated from high school. Today he realized one of the many accomplishments along that path-earning his Private Pilot certificate.

Riccardo describes flying as a truly unique experience that “always puts me in a good mood.” He also commented that he most enjoyed the solo cross-country portions of his flight training to airports he had never been to, and the extraordinary feeling of adventure that went along with those flights. For Riccardo, there’s nothing quite like piloting a machine as amazing as an aircraft to unfamiliar regions.

Riccardo plans on celebrating for a while, moving on to his Instrument rating and perhaps eventually a career in the Marine Corps.

Congratulations Riccardo!

Solo
Saturday, August 21, 2010

Euan Smith is the newest member of the Smith family to take to the air solo!  Euan and his brother Alisdair traveled across “the pond” from Dubai to fly with us this summer.  Any person in New England will know that the weather this summer has been challenging.  Both brothers are on the home stretch now and should be wrapping up their training in the next few weeks. 

 

Congrats Euan! 

Private Pilot
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Maksim Okhrimenko’s journey to becoming a Private Pilot covered thousands of miles.  Traveling all the way from Moscow to fly with us, Maksim reached his goal this morning after passing his checkride! 

 

Asked if it was worth it, Maksim replied that it was a lot of work and took some planning, above and beyond what the local student may have to consider.  He had to consider living expenses, traveling, and immigration paperwork in addition to his flight studies and lessons.  That being said, the first time he took off from T.F. Green and headed out on his first solo cross country flight made everything worthwhile.  It was a dream come true.  Even if he never got his license, being able to make that flight and relax in the air without an instructor on board was worth everything. 

 

Hopefully we will see Maksim again soon as he plans to obtain his instrument license as well.  Congratulations Maksim!   

Solo
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Fernando Portillo thought flying would be pretty amazing ever since he was a kid. He jumped at the opportunity to start his training here in Boston and made the long trek here from his home in Venezuela.  He began his training in the spring of this year and completed his first solo flight yesterday afternoon! Though quite possibly more nervous for him than even Fernando himself, his mother and grandparents excitedly cheered him on from the ground.

Fernando says that in the skies “you see things totally differently,” and once he started flying, he simply couldn’t get enough.  He’s aiming for a career with a major airline, and is looking forward to travelling all over the world, meeting new people, and exploring new cultures.

Congratulations Fernando!

Solo
Sunday, August 08, 2010

Move over Bear Grylls!  Louisa Chafee is putting together an adventurers resume that would make any outdoorsman stand back in awe.  Her latest goal?  Private Pilot License 

 

Louisa started flying with us last summer but her crazy schedule kept her busy most of the time.  This year she has pushed aside all her other activities and is focusing on getting her flight training wrapped out.  She soloed this afternoon with her CFI Rooks Turner watching from the ground.  Congratulations Louisa!

Solo
Friday, August 06, 2010
Karen Motz knew exactly what she was looking for when she called Horizon. She had been looking for a challenge, and learning to fly was just that and more. Karen began her training in June and completed her first solo flight just this afternoon!

Karen commented that she was not nervous at all during the flight, but felt more so on the ground after-realizing “I just did that!”  Beaming with the thrill of accomplishment, Karen quite literally skipped into the terminal after her flight.  She’s looking forward to enjoying the freedom of travelling the skies and being able to fly to see her friends and family.

Congratulations Karen!

Private Pilot
Thursday, July 29, 2010
William Jenkins came to Horizon Aviation at the end of April 2010.  His goal?  Get a Private Pilot License by August 1st.  One of the most committed and enthusiastic students around, Bill was extremely organized and determined to do everything it took to become a Private Pilot before he went down to Virginia for school in August.  Thanks to cooperative weather and Bill's excellent studying and dedication, he passed his Private Pilot checkride with only a few days to spare on July 29th, 2010.  Congratulations Bill!
Private Pilot
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Collin Murray has joined the class of Private Pilots after a successful checkride just 4 months after starting training.  After rescheduling due to heavy rain and thunderstorms twice, only strong winds stood in Collin's way.  He was up for the challenge and walked away from the airplane with a new pilot's license.  Now, he can't wait to take up friends and family as the newest Private Pilot.  Congratulations Collin!
Solo
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Frank Shannon completed his first solo in a Cessna 172R only a few months after taking his introductory flight.  Always enthusiastic and ready to learn anything he can about aviation, Frank is well on his way to earning his Private Pilot License.  Frank someday hopes to purchase his own airplane and fly himself all over the skies.  The jets are calling his name and after soloing today, Frank is on the right track to continue his aviation experience.
Congratulations Frank!
Solo
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Mike Marshall wanted to be a pilot ever since his first flight to Florida in the fifth grade. In high school he realized this was actually a possibility and set his sights on a career in aviation. When he first started, Mike says he found flying to be everything he thought it would be and more.

As his family and friends intently watched and listened, Mike flew an airplane for the first time this past Sunday morning! Mike made three awesome landings and proudly pumped his fist in the air as he rolled the airplane back into its parking spot.

Mike hopes to complete his training before the end of the summer, and he eventually hopes to fly commercial jets or perhaps begin pursuing a career in the Air Force.

Congratulations Mike!

Private Pilot
Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jhari Gaio traveled all the way from the Cayman Islands to attend our Career Pilot Training Program run in conjunction with New England Tech.  Jhari successfully completed his Private Pilot checkride this past Sunday! 

 

Jhari ultimately wants to return home to the Cayman’s and fly for the airlines based there.  He is completely decked out with everything you possibly need for the full flight simulation experience.  He probably has more time spent in the 737 online than he does in our 172’s!  In a few years, he will make the jump to the real thing, flying passengers to and from the Cayman’s.  Congratulations Jhari! 

Solo
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Andrew just completed his first solo in a Cessna 172R just a few months after walking into Horizon and enjoying our introductory Airman's Flight. From the Ukraine, Andrew is a very determined and enthusiastic student when it comes to aviation.  He comes in early before work and sometimes comes in the same day in the late evening just to get back in the air.  Up in the Norwood Air Traffic Control Tower, I watched him solo alongside his supportive wife as the controllers congratulated him after 3 great landings.  Andrew looks forward to continuing his training towards his goal of becoming a Private Pilot.
Solo
Friday, July 09, 2010
Nick Larkin spends much of his time soaring through the skies at 35,000 feet-travelling in the back seat of many a commercial airline to keep up with his job. Nick finally got a chance to try the front seat after his sister and brother-in-law purchased an intro package for him as a Christmas gift. He’s been hooked ever since.

Nick completed his first solo flight this past Friday! He said his first landing was the best in his series of three, and that surprisingly he wasn’t nervous at all.  Nick also mentioned he was bummed he still has to take the ferry to Nantucket instead of being able to fly there, and he’s eagerly anticipating beginning his cross-country training.

Congrats Nick!

Private Pilot
Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Chip Malt had a pretty aggressive goal:  Get his PPL training done before he had to move to New York…in a week. 

 

Chip had been flying while in college but never finished the training.  Upon graduation he decided he had to get the training done before he started his new job.  Chip was here everyday flying and studying with CFI Vicky Kuo in preparation for his checkride.  This morning, despite the soaring temperatures, Chip passed his PPL checkride!  He is heading straight home to pack up before making the official move to his new home, but not before celebrating his new achievement.  Congrats Chip! 

Private Pilot
Friday, July 02, 2010
Though he’s always loved the idea of flying, Tom Buckley was inspired by his son-an avid fan of all things flying-to begin pursuing a pilot’s license. Tom initially started just to prove to his son that a person can do anything they set their mind to. Along the way he proved that to himself as well. Tom became a licensed Private Pilot this past Friday!

Among all the many undertakings life gets all too busy to allow us complete, Tom says he was floored by the positive feeling of accomplishment he felt after earning his certificate. He is looking forward to flying all different types of aircraft, from multi-engines to helicopters, and learning from the many pilot friends he’ll meet along the way. Tom has a great sense of humor and is always able to make even the long tough flights a fun ride!

Congratulations Tom!

~ Paul Jacob

Solo
Thursday, July 01, 2010
This summer is going to treat Sean Evans pretty well.  He began July by making his first solo flight in a Cessna 172 out at New Bedford airport with his instructor Greg Hamelin watching from the ground.  Sean is a very go-with-the-flow type of guy but his excitement over his first solo was palpable.  He will be right back in the air after the fourth of July weekend.  At this pace, Sean will probably have his PPL in hand by the end of the summer.  Only a senior in high school and already a licensed pilot?  Not bad Mr. Evans. 

Congratulations!
Solo
Monday, June 21, 2010
Bill came to Horizon Aviation in the middle of May 2010 with the goal of getting his Private Pilot License by the end of the summer before he left New England for school down in Virginia.  With his committment and desire to learn, Bill has just completed his first solo just over one month from the day he started flying.  There is no doubt in my mind that Bill will continue to demonstrate the same committment for the rest of his training towards the License.  With the help of the weather in New England, I am certain that Bill will be the newest Private Pilot by the end of the summer.


Commercial Pilot
Monday, June 21, 2010

Jarad Saunders earned his Commercial Pilot Certificate just this past Monday! Jarad says he wanted to learn how to fly ever since his first flight on a commercial airline when he was 5 years old. He started training with Horizon approximately 2 months ago–working toward completing the last few requirements of his commercial license, learning our complex trainer, and perfecting commercial maneuvers. He says he can’t quite explain why he enjoys flying so much, but thinks it has to do with the feeling of being above the clouds. He fantasizes about being able to jump onto a cloud and ride it around, but speculates this would not play out in reality as well as it does in his imagination.

Jarad will soon be starting his CFI training and is looking forward to eventually starting an air carrier operation of his own one day. He’s driven and ambitious, and it’s been great to fly with him and get to know him.

Congratulations Jarad! Good luck with your CFI!

Solo
Monday, June 21, 2010

Eddie Norberg made his first solo flight yesterday at New Bedford Airport.  He doesn’t know when it happened, but at some point Eddie fell in love with business jets.  You can have your fighters and airliners, Eddie will take a Gulfstream any day of the week.  This first solo flight is sure to be the first of many as Eddie strives towards taking the captain’s seat of a bizjet in the future.  Congratulations Eddie!  

Multi Commercial
Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mel Harick is passionate about flying.  There really isn’t any aspect of aviation that doesn’t interest him on some level.  If it has wings, he wants to fly it.  Now, after todays checkride he can add multi engine aircraft to the list of flying machines he is qualified to fly.  Mel passed his multi engine commercial checkride with Ray Collins in our Twin Comanche.  Mel started his twin training, took some time away from it to get his tailwheel endorsement, and then wrapped up the twin training.  Now Mel wants to get back in the Decathlon for some aerobatic flying! 

Solo
Friday, June 18, 2010

Tal Shoham’s dad is a former Israeli Air Force pilot and would often take her flying with him on flights around New England in his own airplane. Tal enjoyed these flights so much that when given the opportunity to learn to fly, she eagerly began training. After numerous checks of the aircraft and settings, she successfully flew three laps in the traffic pattern by herself today-just one month after her 16th birthday! After landing she was promptly doused with a pitcher of water carrying on in the unique pilot tradition her dad completed his first solo with.

Tal is always up for a challenge, and she says steep turns and stall recoveries have been the best part of her training so far. She would also like to mention a special thank you to her dad for “all the help along the way.” One day, when she has children of her own, Tal is looking forward to being able to share the experience of flying with them the way her dad was able to with her.

Congratulations Tal!

Private Pilot
Friday, June 18, 2010

A Private Pilot’s license has been a goal Sean O’Donnell has been pursuing since he sat in the back seat of an airplane and watched his father take lessons. Sean eventually began taking lessons also whenever life allowed, and along the way got to fly some truly unique and extraordinary aircraft including a B-17 Flying Fortress, an Ercoupe, a PT-17 Stearman, AND a Model 10 Electra.

Sean began pursuing his license in ernest during October of last year and became a licensed Private Pilot this past Thursday. Among his favorite memories of training is a short cross-country flight to a grass strip on Martha’s Vineyard island for breakfast on a hazy summer day. Sean is looking forward to putting his license to work and continuing to fly a wide array of aircraft. One of his personal traditions is to take his dad flying in a new and different type of aircraft every year. As a now licensed pilot-the sky is truly the limit!

Congratulations Sean!

Private Pilot
Friday, June 11, 2010

Steve Tilley is the newest Private Pilot in the country!  A successful checkride with Ray Collins is cause for celebration at PVD this afternoon.  We were convinced that Steve knew Mother Nature personally and had somehow managed to really make her angry.  Steve had the amazing misfortune of schedule all his flights on the worst weather days.  If in a month there were 31 days, and Steve had scheduled 4 flights, somehow those 4 days would be the only rainy days all month.  It was really amazing.  To his credit Steve rolled with the weather and laughed it off each time.  He is already looking ahead to see what credentials he can add to his new certificate.  Congratulations Steve.  The license is well deserved.  

Solo
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Maksim Okhrimenkho came all the way from Russia to fly with us here at Horizon. Flying the 152 has been a change for Maksim, who has spent lots of hours flying geological survey aboard a wide variety of American and Russian aircraft. Working towards his Private Pilot license is his first step towards moving from the ...cabin of the aircraft he has been in to the front seat. Congratulations Maksim!
Solo
Monday, June 07, 2010
Hernane Chaves took to the skies today all by himself for the first time.  With his CFI Greg Hamelin, Hernane flew out to Plymouth State Airport in Massachusetts for the event.  Hernane has been ready to get this landmark achievement under his belt and has been counting down the days.  We are thrilled to announce today was that day!  Hernane's now plans on overflying Plymouth in a few years when he is flying a Southwest 737 and remember that first solo flight.  Congratulations Hernane!
Solo
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Collin arrived at Horizon Aviation for an introductory flight at the end of March this year.  Less than two months later, he was flying an airplane solo.  Collin is a very dedicated student and he is always ready for learning.  He has developed a great and unique way of studying for his lessons.  He records his flights on a portable camera that sits right in the cockpit with us and he listens to radio communications so he can develop his piloting and communication skills.  Collin is on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a Private Pilot.   ~ John
Solo
Saturday, May 22, 2010

Russell Hanner always thought it would be cool to fly an airplane and, after moving into the Boston area, decided to start lessons here at Norwood Airport in January of this past year. Russell completed his first solo flight just this past Saturday! He says he enjoys flying because it is “such a different experience from anything you do normally.” After he gets his license, Russell is looking forward to flights along the coast, weekend trips to the mountains, and flying back home to Allentown, PA.  ~ Paul

Private Pilot
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Michael Jessen wanted to learn to fly ever since he was 5 years old. He started training in August of last year and has been flying at a steady pace of 1 lesson per week. His hard work in studying for each lesson and extraordinary attention to detail payed off as he earned his Private Pilot License, this past Saturday, after the minimum hours required for training! Michael says he particularly enjoys cross-country flying where the workload slows down a bit and “you can savor the fact that you’re actually flying an airplane!” He is looking forward to flying to visit his family in Pennsylvania and perhaps even taking them flying with him.
Congratulations Michael!    ~ Paul
Solo
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

JP Gabriel has been flying with us since early this year. After a few weather delays, his flying schedule has been moving ahead at a rapid pace for several weeks now.  Oddly enough, JP was one of the few that regretted ever telling anyone he was even taking lessons due to the bumpy weather and initial uneasiness he experienced during his first flight. However, he decided to stick with it just to avoid the embarrassment of telling his friends he was giving it up. Now, he loves it and can’t get enough!

JP flew his first solo flight today. He came back and said that the landings he made were among the best he’s ever had. He also mentioned that his first solo was by far thee most exciting experience in his training thus far. He is planning on completing his Private Pilot training and perhaps purchasing an aircraft of his own in the future.

Congratulations JP!     ~Paul Jacob

Solo
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Thomas Fearon soloed this past weekend after months of training and patience. Tom came to Horizon in Norwood last fall and has dedicated himself to reaching the goal of becoming a Private Pilot.  Although his schedule only allowed him a couple lessons per week, Tom endured the New England winter and then changing weather in the spring to finally put together a good string of lessons that built up his confidence in soloing the Cessna 172.  Tom has recently been accepted to join the Air Force in a maintenance capacity where he will be able to continue learning about aviation through many more opportunities.
Private Pilot
Monday, April 12, 2010
On April 12th, Allen Hernon joined the company of Private Pilots by successfully passing his checkride.  He is one of the most enthusiastic and fun students that I have ever met, Allen has been waiting for the day where he can rent an airplane and share the fun of flying with his family and friends.  Allen is currently working on his instrument rating and plans to continue on working towards his commercial license.
Solo
Thursday, April 08, 2010

Matt Henry has redefined “airplane-geek.”  He knows more about airliners than I could ever hope to know.  How can you tell the difference between the 777-200ER and a 777-300?  How about the ERJ-135 and the ERJ-140?  I haven’t a clue but Matt will be able to give you a detailed…incredibly detailed and accurate answer.  His goal is to fly the ERJ and maybe the 777 eventually.  Today was a giant step for Matt as he soloed an airplane for the first time.  Congratulations Matt!

Private Pilot
Friday, April 02, 2010
I'm not sure Aaron quite believed that he actually became a Private Pilot today.  He had one of the best reactions I've seen after a successful checkride.  Shock, amazement, pure joy, disbelief...it was all there.  Yes, you did it!  You are now a licensed Private Pilot!  In fairly short order Aaron has realized a dream that he has held for years.  He can now proudly call himself a pilot.  Congratulations Aaron!
Commercial Pilot
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Rafael Olarte has completed his last license with us this morning, becoming a full fledged commercial pilot.  We joked that he is finishing up just as the weather is starting to evolve back to spring.  He said he wanted to experience what a cold winter is like, having never seen one back home in Colombia.  After a winter full of snow and cold wind, Rafael is happy to be on his way back to Colombia where a cold day is 60 degrees.  There he will begin the process of obtaining pilot licenses from the Colombian government.  He has his eyes set on a position flying for the Colombian airline and exploring the skies over South America.  It was a pleasure have Rafael here with us for the past two years and we wish him all the best of luck and tailwinds in all his future flights.  Congratulations Rafael!
Private Pilot
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Ian shay became a licensed Private Pilot this morning.  Ian trained during his senior year in high school with CFI Doug Auclair.  Ian is headed off to basic training as he becomes a member in the 143rd Rhode Island Air National Gaurd group stationed at Quonest Point.  As an avionics technician with a Private Pilot Certificate in his wallet, Ian should have a sucessful career in whatever facet of aviation he ultimately pursues.  Congratulations Ian!
CFI
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Joe Roy had a successful checkride with the Boston FAA office this morning, becoming the newest Certified Flight Instructor.  Each CFI applicant has to visit the FAA office for their CFI test and it has a history of inducing fear amongst the applicants.  Joe studied hard; came to each lesson prepared and approached the checkride with confidence.  He is going to make a stellar CFI that any student would be lucky to have.  This is the fourth license that Joe has trained for, and obtained with Horizon.  We are proud to call Joe a member of our family.  Congratulations Joe!
IFR
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Steve Wilkinson has been pursuing an Instrument rating ever since he was forced to make a 25 hour ground trek to the Oshkosh Airventure Airshow in a car while his fellow pilots flew IFR in just over 3 hours. He began training over the end of last Summer and passed his Instrument check ride this past week! Although his training was challenging at first, his skills in the aircraft improved rapidly. He remarked the best part of his training was the feeling of being perfectly lined up on an instrument approach through the clouds. Steve puts a great deal of effort into planning, preparation, and care for his aircraft. He is consistently coming up with new and creative ways of making sure he is prepared for the unexpected on each flight. A quality that will serve him well as the New England area's newest Instrument Pilot. Congratulations Steve!     ~Paul Jacob, CFI
Private Pilot
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Akshay Navaladi earned his Private Pilot License this past week after successfully completing his check ride! Akshay came to us all the way from India. He was originally fascinated by the idea of being able to do something humans were not built to do like swim or run. Akshay is extremely passionate about flying and is an absolute pleasure to fly with. He remarks that once he started flying, he was captivated by the feeling of being “one with the birds,” and further commented it became far more than just a hobby for him. The most memorable part of his training for him was a trip up over the clouds on a rainy day.
From here, he plans on trying out several different types of aircraft and perhaps eventually moving on to his Instrument training. Akshay dreams of making the thrill of flight more accessible to the masses-integrating aviation into every day life. Congratulations Akshay!
Solo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
The first thing I can say about Robert is that he is possibly one of the nicest guys I have ever met.  Always smiling and laughing, and committed as anything to flying.  You can just see his love of flying as he shares stories of what he's read, playing flight simulator, and other friends' experiences flying.  After hearing all the flying stories from friends and reading everything he could about aviation, he said that was it.  He had to start his flight training.  He's a former US Marine and right now he's on the PPL track, hoping for the instrument rating as well afterwards.  He is pursuing the dream to one day own his own aircraft and fly his family and friends.  Congratulations Robert!   ~John Kozak
Instrument
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Most people get chocolate or a card for Valentine's Day.  Rafael got an Instrument license instead.  Having finished his Private Pilot training in October Rafael worked exceptionally hard on his instrument license.  He is now on the verge of completing his Commercial training as soon as his completes his training in our complex Cessna 172RG.  He hopes to return home to Columbia as soon as possible so that he can start working for the state airline there.  Congratulations Rafael!
Private Pilot
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Dave has been flying with us since August of last year. His fiancée got him a gift certificate for an intro flight, and apparently he really enjoyed the whole flying thing! He is mostly looking to fly just for fun with his friends and family-particularly to the Cape. He may even move on to his instrument training soon!  Congratulations Dave! 
Private Pilot
Friday, February 05, 2010

Matt Hurley passed his Private Pilot check ride today on his 17th Birthday! Matt has been flying since he was 8 years old-avidly following an obsession with aviation that goes back as far as he can remember. Flying has offered Matt the opportunity to explore new things, while constantly improving and challenging himself as a pilot. Cross-Country flights are among the favorite parts of his training, and he also states that he has “come to enjoy unusual attitude training.” He is looking forward to long day trips in the skies, and eventually an instrument rating, as he pursues a career in Aviation. Congratulations Matt!

Solo
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Steve Tilley has made his first solo flight today!  With CFI Rooks Turner watching from the ground, Steve made his first three laps around the pattern.  We are thrilled to get this milestone accomplished.  Recently Steve developed a talent that he doesn't really enjoy having.  Steve has been ready to solo for awhile now but he is able to schedule himself on the worst weather days possible.  We could have a week of good weather and Steve will somehow manage to find the one hour in that week where the winds are gusting a bit or the clouds have rolled in.  Thankfully the weather held off long enough for Steve to get his long overdue first solo flight in.  Congratulations Steve!  We'll do our best anti-rain dance to make sure that we have more days like today!
Private PIlot
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Simon Bailey passed his Private Pilot checkride this afternoon after training for only 3 months.  Hailing from the United Kingdom, we set Simon up with Tim Healey, our Aussie flight instructor thinking that they would work together well.  It became clear to us that the pairing was perfect as they would come back from flights and start discussing the latest rugby and cricket news after their lesson was over.  Simon has already started working on his commercial work and should be starting the instrument training shortly thereafter.  We'll have to get him to practice announcing "Speedbird" soon enough.   Congratulations Mr. Bailey!
Private Pilot
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Herland Campos became the first of our newest New England Tech class to obtain his Private Pilot certificate.  The winds were a little gusty but Herland flew a picture perfect checkride with examiner Ray Collins.  His commercial and instrument training will start as soon as possible and we look forward to continued success with Herland.  Congrats Herland!
Private Pilot
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The entire staff at Horizon Aviation would like to send a big congratulations to Erika Benkova on becoming the latest Private Pilot in the country.  Erika persevered through her training and will be moving on to her advanved licenses.  She has her eyes set on being a professional pilot and today is one big move towards that dream.  Congrats Erika!
Commercial Pilot
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Noah Vince Cruz wanted to move back home to San Diego.  Before he moved though, he wanted to complete his Commercial Pilot License.  Noah flew with us for his entire training; from Private Pilot all the way through to his Commercial.  It is a bittersweet moment for us that Noah has passed his checkride.  While we are thrilled to see him succeed but we are sad to bid him tailwinds as he relocates back to his hometown of San Diego, CA.  He told us that he really just hates winter here in New England but we all know the truth.  He is a giant San Diego Chargers fan.  (Yes that is a Chargers hat that he is wearing in his photo.  Please don't hold that against him.) 

Congrats Noah!
Solo
Friday, January 15, 2010
How's this for a sign?  Nate's goal is to fly helicopters for the U.S. Coast Gaurd.  He flew an airplane by himself for the first time today and while doing so saw and heard a USCG helicopter flying just outside the traffic pattern at Newport State Airport.  Coincidence? 

Nate is one of our latest and greatest students in the New England Tech program and he is making great progress.  The Private Pilot checkride shouldn't be too far off in the distance for him.  Soon enough the USCG is going to have to make a flightsuit with "Robenheymer" printed on the name tag.
Private Pilot
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Juan came down to TF Green to complete his written test a little while ago.  We were talking about what he wants to do after his Private Pilot and he mentioned that he would love to fly a Piper Cub.  Now that Juan is a licensed Private Pilot I am waiting for him to show up on our ramp in a bright yellow little airplane to give me a ride!  Congratulations Juan!
Private Pilot
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Jason Kiser obtained his Private Pilot Certificate today after a successful checkride with examiner Ray Collins.  Working with Vicky Kuo as his CFI, Jason flew on the weekends and finished all the training in less than a year.  He plans on continuing on for the instrument license and we can't wait for him to start.  Well done Jason!
Commercial Pilot
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Joe Roy is obsessed with flying.  When he isn't flying our airplanes he is pumping jet fuel into Learjets and even the random F-18 that shows up.  Full of funny flying stories and overflowing with an honest passion for this stuff, we are thrilled to see Joe pass his commercial checkride.  Next up, Joe should be ascending to the rank of Certified Flight Instructor.  Congratulations Joe!
Private Pilot
Monday, December 14, 2009
I once flew into Monterey, CA and was struck but how beautiful it was out there.  The approach to the airport was through a small valley that seemed to lead you straight to the runway.  I fell in love with that airport. 

Fast forward a few years:  I get an email from Brian Guest.  He had recently enrolled at Brown University and wanted to complete his Private Pilot training out here.  We got talking about his past flying experiences and lo and behold, he had been learning out of Monterey!  It just goes to show you how small the aviation world is. 

During his first semester at Brown, Brian was able to complete his Private Pilot training with CFI Greg Hamelin.  He headed home to California shortly after his checkride but we look forward to having him back flying with us when he returns!  Congratulations Brian!
Solo
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Brendan LaPietra is going to fly a Boeing 757.  End of story.  No negotiating on this one.  It is going to happen.  If you spend 5 minutes talking to him you'll see what I'm talking about.  Brendan is just like me in that he caught the flying bug early on.  He has reached a level of obsession that is really remarkable.  In other words...he fits right in!  Well done Brendan on your first solo!
Private Pilot
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Bryant Hassett is one of those rare individuals that soloed an airplane for the first time on his 16th birthday.  Now, he can proudly say that he is a Private Pilot as well!  Bryant is looking forward to collegiate options to continue his flight training so that he may be a pro-pilot cruising around at 37,000 feet.   Congrats Bryant!
Solo
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Jhari became the second of the newest New England Tech students to make his first solo flight today.  Hailing all the way from the Cayman Islands, Jhari has his eyes set on flying professionally back home.  After seeing some of the photos he brought in it is hard to argue with him.  Congratulations Jhari!
Solo
Monday, November 09, 2009
Fred Harrison is the type of person that just makes you happy to be around. Always smiling, always cheerful; he lights up a room. Fred would tell you its all because he is retired and loving every second of it. What better way to spend some time than learning how to fly? Well, in between golfing, taking vacation trips, and riding around on a motorcycle, Fred has managed to do just that! Congrats Fred!
Private Pilot
Friday, October 30, 2009
Eric Gartman became the world's newest Private Pilot today after a successful checkride with examiner Ray Collins. Eric was able to schedule a significant amount of training despite working long and sporadic hours. Taking his first flight with us in June of this year, Eric completed all of his training within only a handful of months. Congratulations Eric!
Solo
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Herland Campos became the first of the latest New England Tech students to solo an airplane. We first met Herland quite some time ago when a friend of his family took him for a ride in one of our airplanes. He told us at that point that he was going to be a professional pilot. Today marks one of the biggest steps towards that goal. Flying 4 or 5 times per week, Herland is making fantastic progress through his training.

Congrats Herland!
Private Pilot License
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Ian Shippee has a Cessna 152 Aerobat in the family. Granted it is sitting dissassembled in the family garage but now he has a big incentive to get it put back together! Ian Shippee is now a fully licensed Private Pilot...the latest in his family. Ian worked hard throughout his training. He came in under budget in both hours and money spent. Well done Ian!
Private Pilot License
Monday, October 26, 2009
Mike Crane came to us a few months ago with a problem. His flight training with another flight school had essentially stalled. It seemed like his training wasn't going anywhere, and what is worse, his CFI was not encouraging.

Mike started flying with Vicky Kuo and within fairly short order he was ready for his Private Pilot Checkride. We are happy to report that Mike passed his ride and is now a licensed pilot! Mike intends on making flying his career and today represents a giant step towards that goal. Well done Mike!

Solo
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Erika Benkova took a GIANT step towards earning her Private Pilot license today by making her first solo flight in one of our Cessna 152's. Determined to travel the world as a high flying airline captain, Erika has been balancing her collegiate studies with her flight training and has been making some solid progress. Each and every flight she takes gets her one step closer to the cockpit of one of the "big jets" and we couldn't be happier for her.
Solo
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Murat Yesilsirt grew up looking at a picture of his grandfather standing next to an old bi-plane. This is what first put the thought of flying airplanes in his mind. Today, Murat soloed for the first time today. He said that his first solo flight was definitely the highlight of his training. He is looking forward to completing the rest of his training and taking his family flying with him soon.
Congratulations Murat!
IFR
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
n addition to having more consecutive consonants in his last name than anyone else in the world, he can add the following letters to his pilot certificate: IFR. Dan passed his instrument checkride this morning with examiner Ray Collins. Admittedly, we all joke around with Dan quite a bit. To his credit, he can throw it right back at us. All joking aside, Dan is here working hard each day and we enjoy having him. One of our New England Tech students, Dan has made some impressive progress with us so far and we look forward to seeing him finish his commercial soon.
Private Pilot
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Maria Kayser decided that she wanted to journey to the US from Poland to get her Private Pilot License. She found Horizon Aviation through the internet and started emailing us about training. She had no idea when she signed up that our Chief Pilot was also from Poland and writes for the Polish Pilot Magazine. Imagine her surprise?

Maria found a sublet apartment in the area close to the airport. Each day, rain or shine, Maria would ride her bicycle to the airport and stay here all day. She worked hard each day and rode along in the backseat with as many other students as possible. She wore a smile throughout her training that never went away and only seemed to get bigger and brighter with each lesson.

We are thrilled to announce that Maria has become the newest Private Pilot in the country this morning. She heads back to Poland in a few days and we are all sad to see her go. Already a mini-celebrity back in Poland, we look forward to keeping in touch with Maria and hopefully flying with her again soon.

Congratulations Maria!
Solo
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Rajesh Srungarapu came all the way from India to fly with us. He has already wanted to fly since he was young and has been encouraged by his family back home to pursue his dream of being an airline captain. Today, Rajesh soloed N49185 off of runway 33 at North Central State Airport. A gigantic step towards "flying the big jets."

Congrats Rajesh!

Private Pilot License
Monday, September 14, 2009
Jamie Grenon became the nations newest Private Pilot today after a successful checkride in N4900H. Jamie has completed all of his training on budget and on time which is fantastic! What is even better though is that he did it all without his family knowing. His goal all along has been to bring them out to the airport one and day and surprise them all by taking them out to lunch on Martha's Vineyard. Everyone here can't wait to see the looks on their faces.

Congrats Jamie!

Solo
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Riccardo Frasca has been obsessed with flying airplanes ever since he was young, but only after hearing a friend brag about recently having earned a Private Pilot’s Certificate did he realize it was such an immediate possibility. On the evening of August 22nd, Riccardo completed his first solo flight in the traffic pattern at Norwood airport. After stepping out of the aircraft he asked his father what the exact time was; remarking that he wanted to remember that moment for the next 100 years. His mother Hemalata, father Richard, and sister Sophia, proudly watched and all wish to congratulate Riccardo on a major step forward to a career as a professional pilot. Riccardo has his eye on the cockpit of an Airbus A320.
Solo
Monday, August 10, 2009
Maria Kayser came all the way from Poland to fly with us. After only a few weeks of flying, Maria made her first solo this evening! Everybody is excited about their first solo, but Maria was bouncing off the walls of the office. And, to her parents back in Poland, yes, she really did fly an airplane all by herself! She is doing great!
Private Pilot License
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Edwin Palmer hails from a family of self-proclaimed aviation "nerds." Today he became the first in his family to receive a Private Pilot License after flying with examiner Gene Bielecki. After his second day of training, he had decided it was worth going all the way and completed his training in 3 months and 10 days of training and just over 40 hours of flight time.

"Ned" describes aviation as "one of the most rewarding experiences on the planet." Looking back on his training he remembers being terrified on his first solo but landing "infinitely better" each time around. He also recalls an early flight over the clouds that had him unexplainably "grinning like an idiot," and he looks forward to moving on to his instrument training at a continued "rapid fire pace."

Congratulations Ned!

Private Pilot License
Sunday, May 17, 2009
When Khaled Hagar first stepped into the cockpit of a Cessna 172-R, he was puzzled by the absence of the gas pedal, brake pedal, and gearshift he was accustomed to having in his car. As he started flying, Khaled enjoyed not only the unique freedom flying has to offer, but also the process of learning new skills in the aircraft, and the challenges of solo flights and cross-country flying. Just this past Sunday, Khaled passed his Private Pilot check ride with “flying” colors; even earning a compliment from examiner Ray Collins on an unusually soft soft field landing. He plans to move on to his instrument rating, commercial license, and eventually the cockpit of an Egypt Air 777.

Congratulations Khaled!

Private Pilot License
Monday, April 27, 2009
Angel Jimenez is one of our students progressing through the Professional Pilot program being run in conjunction with the New England Institute of Technology. Angel works hard at his studies and his flying and that hard work has paid off. Angel passed his PPL checkride early this morning with Gene Bielecki along for the test.

Congrats Angel!

Commercial
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Although he realized that along with any career choice there would be an inevitable amount of unpleasant tasks to put up with, David could never picture himself working in an office from 9 to 5. Flying airplanes seemed like the only thing he could see himself doing. He figured he could put up with just about anything for the view.

Today, after 3 years of flight training while working towards his bachelor’s degree, David earned his Commercial Pilot’s license after successfully completing his check ride with examiner Ray Collins.

Some of his favorite memories of flight training include long cross country flights followed by hamburgers that felt like they had been “earned.”

He looks forward to moving on to his Certified Flight Instructor’s license and being able to leave his students with the kind of experiences and impact that not even the 747 captains or F-18 pilots forget. He hopes to light that same “spark” that brought him where he is today.

Congratulations David!

Solo
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Todd Eikinas soloed today after 14 hours of instruction. His flight instructor Tim said, "Todd's enthusiasm and dedication makes him a great student." Todd hopes to finish up his training and buy an aircraft soon.
Solo
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Ned Palmer has been a self professed "flying nerd" all his life, studying
military aircraft and fascinated with all things aviation. Tired of just reading about it he jumped into flight training with both feet and soloed today, March 31st, 2009, after only 13 hours of training with his instructor Paul. Ned would like to surprise his parents by taking them on a flight when they come to visit (they don't know he's flying).

Regarding his training, Ned says, "This is the most satisfying thing I've done in recent history. Learning to fly from first principles with no preconceptions or preparation is both a challenge and reward."

He says he is Horizon Aviation's "biggest fan" and plans on peppering his friends and family with gift certificates this year.

Ned, the feeling is mutual. Thanks for being what this business is all about, passion for aviation and the joy of achieving your dreams of flight.

Instrument Pilot
Thursday, February 26, 2009
When we started flying with Andy he was missing two things: a Pilot's License, and a beard. Now, he is sporting a Private Pilot license with his Instrument rating, as well as a thick beard. While we would like to take credit for his successes, the beard was entirely his doing.

Andy is a great student and we can only say that we are proud of his accomplishments, happy to have him with us, and look forward to helping him earn his Commercial License.

Congrats Andy!

Private Pilot License
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Each and every pilot has a story to tell. For most, the stories consist of the time they were out in a Cessna and flew to a neat airstrip and had breakfast or lunch. Airline pilots have their stories of flying through storms or arguing with the tower at La Guardia. Tim Prouty is the only person I know that has Space Shuttle stories. Early on in his career, Tim was involved with the then-in-development Space Shuttle as an engineer helping to design certain fittings. Now, a few years later, Tim is the proud holder of a Private Pilot certificate. So, if you are doing a little "hangar flying" and someone starts a story with "there was a time on the shuttle..." it might be our newest Private Pilot!

Congrats Tim!

CFII
Monday, February 16, 2009
Not only is Brian Falvey the only person I know with time in a P-51, a seaplane rating, and a tailwheel endorsement, but he also became the latest pilot to get his third instructor license, the Instrument Flight Instructor. Brian has been flying with Horizon for as long as I can remember. He has joined us on almost every trip the school has taken including Oshkosh, and Sun N' Fun. Now that he has achieved all of the instructor's licenses, there is only one more license to get. Next up, the ATP?

Congrats Mr. Falvey

Solo
Friday, February 06, 2009
Matt Hurley soloed just a day after his 16th birthday. He has been featured in an issue of the AOPA Aviation eBrief as the spotlight pilot. 

Soloing an airplane at the ripe old age of 16 is something few us have done and it stands out as a true accomplishment. Congratulations Matt! Now if we can just hurry up and get to your 17th birthday we can get your license!

Private Pilot License
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Daniel Lyszczak became the newest Private Pilot in the country today after a checkride with Gene Bielecki. Hailing from New Jersey, Dan is enrolled in the Career Pilot Program with New England Tech and is one of our first students to obtain their license in the program. Already working towards his instrument rating, Dan is quickly working his way towards a career at 35,000 feet.

Way to go Dan!
Solo
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

As a child, like so many of us, Khaled loved to watch the planes take off at his local airport. One time as a boy he poked his head in the cockpit of an airplane to have a look and the pilot let him sit up front, showing him around and explaining how the airplane flew. Now that was a thrill but not one that can compare to today's. Today Khaled's instructor Paul decided this was the day, gave him a couple words of wisdom then left the plane in the capable hands of his student. Khaled taxied and took off and flew the pattern three times. His most memorable emotion was one of surprise.
Surprise that after only starting lessons in November he was now flying a plane by himself!

Great job Khaled! Congratulations!
Instrument
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Paul Smith traveled across the country to come fly with us. Already a Private Pilot, Paul is going full steam ahead towards a career as either a pilot or an air traffic controller. Using his VA funds, Paul breezed through his IFR training and has already finished many of his commercial cross country flights. Congrats Paul!
PPL
Thursday, July 24, 2008
A few months ago, I received an email from Alex James wondering if it would be possible to accomplish his Private Pilot training within a 5 week window. Naturally, I said "sure." I estimated it would take about 55 hours to get the license and as long as the weather cooperated, we would be all set. I am thrilled to report that Alex left for home today with his Private License in hand, having flown 54.9 hours, including the checkride.
Solo
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The other day a car pulled up out front with a radio BLASTING something extremely bass heavy. I went to the window expecting to see a young kid but no. There was John Deaton in his classic convertible. Top Down. Cigar equipped. And wearing a business suit. Only John.

Flying with Steve, John made his first solo today. Now, just remember, take your finger off the mic button when you celebrate a good landing...

PPL
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Coming soon to an airfield near you, Jeff Demarey: Private Pilot and necktie connoisseur. I cant say enough good things about Jeff and am truly thrilled that he is now a licensed pilot. Congrats Jeff! He also sent us a before and after photo of himself with Penny, look at how much she has grown!
Commercial
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Justin Grant. What can we say about Justin. He is now a commercial pilot. And he is one of my favorite students, not at all because he drops off the occassional freshly brewed Starbucks tea. Okay, maybe a little biased because of the Starbucks, but Justin stands out as one the most driven students around. He has gone about his training efficiently, and obviously effectively having easily passed his checkride. Justin is now going to work on his CFI license and start showing everyone else how its done. Congrats Justin.
Solo
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Greg Filonow is one of those guys that can tell you the difference between a 737-700 and a 737-800 (I cant, obviously.) A verified airplane nut, Greg recently quit his job so that he could pursue flying full time. We would like to congratulate Greg on his first solo today under the watchful eye of Doug Auclair. Keep it up Greg!
Private Pilot
Monday, July 14, 2008
Guy Couture spends most of his time on the water. Somehow, he decided that getting up the air was something he needed to do. Working around his work schedule, Guy did all the flying and studying needed to pass his PPL checkride with Gene Bielecki. He has been eyeballing the Diamond 40 for some time now, so we are expecting that will be the next project he tackles. Congrats Guy!
Commercial
Monday, July 14, 2008
You may remember one of our students taking a 172 all the way out to the Grand Canyon. That was Kristen Brennan and we are proud to announce that Ms. Brennan has successfully passed her commercial pilot checkride with the legendary Gene Bielecki. Kristen's cross country flight is sure to be something she can boast about for years to come, as well she should. Good job Kristen!
PPL
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Noah Vince-Cruz received his Private Pilot license today. After the checkride, Gene Bielecki commented that it was some of the best air work he has seen! That is a huge compliment coming from someone that has seen just about every pilot in this state fly! Congrats Noah! Now for that Instrument and Commercial license...
IFR
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Jacek Mucha is our first student from Poland. He has been flying in Poland for some time but needed to obtain his American Commercial and Instrument licenses. This week was a huge week for Jacek. Not only did he become a licensed Commercial Pilot with Instrument privileges, Jacek also became a father! Congrats to Jacek and his family!
Solo
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Tim Healey came to us a short time ago because he needed to fly. He comes to us all the way from Australia where he had done some flight training and become a bonafide airplane nut. In a very short amount of time, Tim made his first solo on American soil with Steve Wesolowski instructing. Congrats Tim!
Private Pilot License
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Ahab Dincer became a Private Pilot today with Gene Bielecki as the examiner. Ahab has done a great job of managing his busy schedule and maintaining steady progress throughout his training. Ahab already works for an airline but is hoping to make the jump into the front seat of the jets. He is already working towards his commercial ticket and we are thrilled to be flying with him. Congrats Ahab!
Solo
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Jeff DeMarey might be the happiest person I've met. I've never seen him without a smile, and never heard him without a laugh somewhere in the conversation. Both the smile and the laugh were in abundance today as Jeff made his first solo! He was nice enough to bring his camera in for us to use for his photo, we were nice enough to lend him a dog for his photo. Congrats Jeff!
Solo
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Ben Gaetani had his first solo today. Ben started at the end of October. He is an avid fisherman working on his PPL so he can fly around to all the good fishing spots. Eventful solo with a change in runway from 35 to 28 because of the winds. Katie finished the exciting day for Ben with her wonderful artwork on the back of his Bass T- shirt- recording the day’s events.
CFI
Thursday, January 24, 2008
A few months ago we realized that we had a group of students that were on the verge of obtaining their Flight Instructor License. We decided to attack the rating as a group. Doug is the second from the group to get his CFI license and we couldn't be happier. Congrats Doug and welcome aboard!
Solo
Monday, January 21, 2008
With myself, Katie, Tim, Kristen and Zeke present, Brendon Ashe soloed up at Norwood this past Saturday morning. Despite temperatures that would make even the most hardened New Englander wince, Brendon was out there in the pattern for his three takeoffs and landings. Brendon is a student at Bridgewater State University that only started flying with Katie this past October. He ultimately hopes to fly for FedEx. Of course, it all starts in a Cessna 172. Congrats Brendon!
Comm ASEL
Friday, January 18, 2008
To say that Vikki's progress through her flight training has been anything less than meteoric would be an understatement. Her first lesson with us was on October 26, 2006. In the course of just over a year she went from zero experience to a Commercial Pilot certificate and is merely weeks ago from obtaining her Certified Flight Instructor's license. All of us here are very proud of her accomplishments and look forward to seeing her on the other side of the desk teaching a whole new crowd of folks the art of flying.
Comm ASEL
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Rooks Turner flew with Gene Bielecki today and obtained his Commercial Pilot certificate. Rooks is following in his father's footsteps as a commercial pilot and hopes to be flying "the big jets" sometime in the near future. Up next for Rooks...either Multi Engine training or CFI. Keep posted for updates!
CFI
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Ben Emerick has a collection of nicknames around the school. Bemerick, Benji, Glass...whichever one we decide to use on a given day we have to follow it with CFI. Ben has been a career student with Horizon from the get go and has worked diligently towards his CFI for a few months now. He will be joining the staff here at Horizon immediately and we couldn't be happier.
Private Pilot License
Thursday, December 27, 2007
John McCullough took his first flight with us back in July as an Airman's Flight. Now, 5 months later, John is a fully licensed Private Pilot having logged less than 50 hours in obtaining his license. He will be enjoying his license for now but is already looking towards the instrument rating in the future. Congratulations John!
Private Pilot License
Monday, December 24, 2007
Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and...James Muto? It's Christmas Eve and yet the ever determined James Muto is here with with ever festive Gene Bielecki after passing his Private Pilot checkride. I doubt very highly that anyone got a better holiday gift than a Private Pilot license, and we could not be happier. Congratulations Jim!
Private Pilot License
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
If you were to look up the words perseverance or dedication in the dictionary, there is a very good chance that you would find a picture of Rachel. Rachel had a number of obstacles that popped up during her training, not the least of which was her hour commute each way to fly with us. She stuck with it every step of the way and is now a Private Pilot. All of us here at Horizon Aviation could not be more proud of her. Congratulations Rachel!
PPL
Friday, November 09, 2007
Michael Botelho flew with Mr. Gene Bielecki this afternoon and was awarded his Private Pilot Certificate. Mike is going to enjoy his PPL for awhile before beginning work on his IFR rating. Mike's photo is probably my favorite student accomplishment photo I've taken thus far. Not only does it highlight Mike's excitement, but it showcases a Gene Bielecki trademark jelly donut. Congrats Mike!
PPL
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Tim Barrett came to us a few months ago...slightly frustrated. He had been flying but his training was cut short when his instructor left to go fly for the airlines. In just a few weeks Tim was able to finish up his PPL with us. He plans on enjoying his PPl a bit before beginning work on his instrument flying.
Solo
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Justin Dias became our first career student to solo out of Norwood on Thursday. Justin was bit by the flying bug pretty hard, flying with us multiple times per week and working for the local FBO at Norwood. He is cruising through the training and should have his PPL shortly. Congrats Justin.
Solo
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Chase Denhoff is our ramp agent on the weekends. Long before he was a member of the Horizon team, Chase was obsessed with aviation as much as anyone can be. He has gone on several trips with us, including our Dulles NASM and Oshkosh trips. After the Oshkosh trip, the pilot he flew with paid him a great compliment, saying that all his radio communication and navigation was spot on. Now that he has soloed, he is one step closer to using all that experience for himself. At only 17 years of age, he is well on his way to his dreams of being a professional pilot.
Instrument
Sunday, August 26, 2007
What can we say about Mel... He is nuts about airplanes, a great student, and has the best laugh we have ever heard. Mel joined us this year on our Oshkosh trip and it was a pleasure having him along. As you can see, he was quite happy to have his IFR license in hand.
Private Pilot License
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Seth Griffin came to us after his Freshman year of college. Enrolled in the aviation program at the school, Seth was not completely pleased with the flight training they were providing. He wanted to finish up his license before the new semester started and he wanted to finish it at Horizon. After only a few weeks and a handful of hours in the air, Seth is now a licensed Private Pilot.
Certified Flight Instructor
Friday, August 10, 2007
Damian Almada is America's latest CFI. With aspirations to be an Air Force pilot, Damian can now teach to the primary, and commercial level. Hoping to expand his instruction certifications to include his CFII, and MEI, Damian is almost done with his professional training. Congratulations Damian!
Solo
Friday, August 10, 2007
The second of our Fantastic Four was Michael Botelho's first solo! I met Michael at the airshow this year. He mentioned that he had wanted to fly for the longest time, had saved up enough money for it and was ready to go. We had him flying a few weeks later, flying four times each week. Having also put in less than 20 hours, Michael is well on his way to the PPL. Congratulations!
Commercial Pilot
Saturday, August 04, 2007
What can be said about Doug Auclair? We can now say that Doug is a Commercial Pilot. In the time that Doug has been flying with us he has consistently impressed us with his motivation and ability. A fixture around the school, Doug is always happy to talk with potential students about learning to fly. His goal: own a plane with Sharktooth artwork on it ala the Flying Tigers...even if it is a Cessna 150. Congratulations Doug!
Solo
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Ross Cibella soloed today! Ross came in to Horizon on June 1st...the day we opened our Norwood location. We are proud to announce that Ross marks the first Horizon Norwood student to solo! The Private Pilot License should be just around the corner for Ross. Stay tuned for more updates!
Solo
Monday, July 16, 2007
Conal Crawley soloed today, despite it being Friday the 13th. Conal has been driving down from the Boston area just to fly with us and we have love having him around. He is always telling us stories about old WWII warbirds buried in lakes and under wheat fields back in Ireland. Now if we can just find one and rebuild it.... Congrats Conal!
IFR
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Vicky LeBlanc is a familiar face around Horizon. Since October she has already logged close to 200 hours of flying. We are pleased to announce that she obtained her Instrument License today. Not stopping to rest, she is jumping straight into her Commercial training and will probably wrap that up just as quick!
Mulit Engine
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Andrew Hochhaus received his Multi Engine license today. Andrew's training was done solely on the weekends and only took a few months to complete. He was also able to use his VA Benefits to help pay for his training. Congratulations Andrew!
Private Pilot License
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Ken Mateo became the first person to receive a license flying with Horizon Aviation at our Norwood location. Congratulations Ken!
Multi Engine Instructor
Monday, June 18, 2007
Brian Falvey has been to Oshkosh with us. He has been to the Air and Space Museum, Sun 'N Fun, and just about every other trip that we have ever been on. He used his VA Benefits to help fund his training. He is an active participant in the Civil Air Patrol. He even has some P-51 time in his logbook. In short, Brian is as big an airplane geek as I am. We are all excited to see him get his MEI and hope to see him around the school more as he starts working on next license
Solo
Monday, June 18, 2007
Greg Germanowski soloed today. The first day Greg came into the school, it was instantly clear to me that I had another airplane junkie on my hands. I know that Greg will remember this day just as clearly as I remember mine. Congrats Greg...almost there!
IFR
Monday, June 11, 2007
Justin Grant received his IFR license today. Justin has been flying with us since his first hour and is taking advantage of our affiliation with CCRI to receive college credit for his flying. He will be starting his Commercial Pilot training next week!
Solo
Saturday, June 02, 2007
The United States Coast Guard students all completed their soloes today. The students were given three weeks to solo within only 15 hours worth of flying time. We are happy to report that all four cadets completed their objectives and are now eligible for Navy pilot training. Congrats cadets!
Instrument Multi
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Ryan Leveille came to us a few months ago in search of an instrument rating. With his VA Benefits available to him, Ryan opted to do all of his IFR training in our Twin Comanche to give his multi hours a boost. Traveling all the way from Bethel, ME, Ryan was checked out today and looks forward to pursuing his Commercial Multi Engine license shortly!
Solo
Friday, May 11, 2007
Christoph Gibel soloed today for the first time off of ry23 up at SFZ. Christoph is here for a few months all the way from Austria to get his Private Pilot's License. Congratulations Christoph and keep up the good work!
Private Pilot License
Friday, May 04, 2007
John Santos - Private Pilot!!! John has been working with us since last July to get his Private Pilot's License. An accomplished scuba diver, John can now go down or up depending on what he feels like doing. Congratulations John!
Commercial Single Engine Land
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Jacob Hoffman - Commercial Airplane Single Engine Land. Next up? Certified Flight Instructor!