Congratulations to Joe Holmberg who passed his Sport Pilot practical test on Apr. 22, 2017. Joe had been working hard to get ready for his test with FAA Designated Pilot Examiner Jim Hinson. After some IACRA issues and a few days of bad weather, Joe was finally able to take his test. After Joe got through with the oral portion of the test, it was time for a flight with the examiner in Joe’s Flight Design CT, N89WD. Joe was asked to perform several of the flight maneuvers prescribed in the Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards and after successfully completing them, was awarded his Sport Pilot License by Examiner Jim Hinson. Joe will be basing his plane at Livermore airport. Great job Joe! Fly Safe and Fly 4 Fun!
New Sport Pilot Jimmy O’Neal (right) is standing next to FAA Designated Flight Examiner Bob Comperini. They are standing in front of Jimmy’s Quicksilver Sport II. They took off on September 10th, 2016 from Lodi Airport (1O3) for Jimmy’s practical flight test. When they returned, Jimmy had earned his Sport Pilot License. Congratulations Jimmy! Fly Safe and Fly 4 Fun.
Congratulations to Russ Gayda who passed his Light Sport practical test on May 16th, 2016. Russ met with F.A.A. Designated Pilot Examiner Jim Hinson at the Flying 4 Fun hangar at Lodi Airport, (1O3). He completed the oral portion of his test and was then faced with some turbulent wind conditions. Russ said he struggled with the winds but Jim was very forgiving. When he landed back at Lodi, he was awarded his temporary Sport Pilot License and will soon be tearing up the skies in a brand new CX4 experimental sport plane which he built himself. Congratulations Russ! Fly Safe and Fly 4 Fun!
Congratulations to Scott Trotter who passed his practical test and became a licensed sport pilot on March 26, 2016. Scott met with Designated Flight Examiner Jim Hinson at about 9 am and began the oral portion of his test. Scott and Jim then took off at about 11:30 in the Evektor Sportstar for the flight portion of the test. About two hours later, N806EV was on final approach to Lodi Airport and after landing they taxied back to the Flying 4 Fun hangar. When the engine was shut down and canopy was opened, I heard Jim tell Scott congratulations, he had passed. Great Job Scott! Fly safe and Fly 4 Fun.
Congratulations to new sport pilot Bob Andosca. Bob was signed off to take his practical test and an appointment was made with Designated Flight Examiner Jim Hinson. On Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, Bob met with Examiner Hinson and began the oral portion of his test. Bob passed the oral portion but when it came time for the flight test, the wind had come up and was blowing very hard. The decision was made to delay the flight until better conditions existed. On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, it was a foggy morning but when the fog cleared, it was time for Bob to take his flight test. We all watched as Bob and Jim took off into the wild blue yonder. After Sportstar N806EV landed and taxied back to the hangar, we had a new sport pilot in our midst. Congratulations Bob! Fly Safe and Fly 4 Fun.
P.S. Bob says autographed photo’s are $5
Congratulations to Bob Andosca who flew solo in the Sportstar on July 24th, 2015 at Kingdon Airport O20. It was a beautiful day and Bob had flown a couple times in the pattern, then had to clear the area for a business jet that was landing. A little extra bonus of solo time and Bob did a great job. Bob will now be preparing to take his practical test to get his Sport Pilot License. Good Luck Bob, Fly safe and Fly 4 Fun!
Congratulations to Scott Trotter who flew solo in the Evektor Sportstar on May 30, 2015 at Franklin Airport (F72). It was a beautiful day with no other traffic around and Scott did a couple of landings with me in the plane. I asked if he was ready, no hesitation, he said he was. As soon as Scott got ready to take off, about 3 other planes arrived in the area. Scott did a great job and flew the pattern 4 times on his own before picking me up to go back to Lodi. Scott will now be working to get ready for his check-ride. Great Job Scott! Fly safe and Fly For Fun!
Congratulations to Russ Gayda who flew solo in the Sportstar on Jan.8, 2015. Russ has been flying ultralights for a few years and has built his own single seat sport plane which is waiting to be flown. Russ is working hard to complete his sport pilot training so he can obtain his sport pilot license and be able to fly his new plane. We were doing some flight training at Rancho Murieta airport (KRIU) when Russ kicked me out of the plane and flew the pattern solo. Great job Russ! Fly safe and Fly 4 Fun!
On August 9th, 2014, Student Pilot Rusty Sims flew solo in the Sportstar. We were doing some training at Rancho Murieta Airport (KRIU). The time had come for me to get out and send Rusty out to the pattern. Rusty flew the pattern and did some very nice take offs and landings. Congratulations Rusty! Rusty will now be completing a few additional requirements of flight time to prepare for his practical test.
Flying 4 Fun has a new horse in the barn. 2006 Evektor Sportstar N806EV. Sportstar was purchased in Maple Lake, Minn. and flown to Lodi. We had 30 Kt. headwinds most of the way and it took a little over 20 hours of flying time and 3 days to get her home. Come out and give her a try, she flies great.