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David Klein, July 17, 2009

Congratulations to Mr. David Klein who performed his first solo in an airplane on July 17, 2009. This is a great accomplishment, but we have to remember, David is already a highly experienced hang glider pilot, so he already has a great feeling for flight. We are told that David got the usual "Post-Solo bath!" Congratulations David!

Cher Elven, July 17, 2009

Congratulations to Ms. Cher Elven who passed her Private Pilot Checkride on July 17. Cher worked very hard for this rating and her CFI, Steve Philipson, is extremely pleased with her performance. Well done Cher!

Ed Tejnil, April 24, 2009

Congratulations go out to Mr. Ed Tejnil who earned his Commercial Pilots License on April 24. Ed worked with Libor Kovarik.

Jan Johnson, March 19, 2009

Congratulations to Jan Johnson who accomplished her First Solo on March 19, 2009. As you can see she was extremely happy. Her flight training started Feb. 9, and she dedicated a lot of time to learning. She flew on average 3 times a week. Her CFI, Paul Kutler, is very pleased with Jan's dedication! Great work Jan!

Dave Horne, December 24, 2008

Congratulations to Dave Horne who was hired on December 24 at Great Lakes Airlines as a Beech 1900 First Officer. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the economy will continue to recover and Dave will have a long and prosperous career as an airline pilot.

Trey Ford, November 21, 2008

Congratulations to Trey Ford who accomplished his First Solo on November 21. Trey's CFI, Paul Kutler, is very pleased and commented that he is sure that Trey will be an excellent pilot! 11 hours to solo! WOW! Keep up the great work Trey.

Elizabeth Kidney, October 14, 2008

Congratulations to Elizabeth Kidney who passed her CFII (Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument Airplane) ride on October 14, 2008! Her CFI, Dan Jacobson, couldn't be happier to hear the great news and of course, I never had any doubts! Liz has blown through her Commercial, CFI and CFII in the last two years. Great work Liz!

David Schie, October 7, 2008

Congratulations to David Schie who passed his Private Pilot Checkride on October 7, 2008! David's CFI, Paul Kutler, was pleased to point out that David passed with flying colors on his first attempt! Great work David.

Raunak Rayamajhi, August 27, 2008

Congratulations to Raunak Rayamajhi who successfully accomplished his First Solo on August 27, 2008! His CFI, Dave Horne, told me that there seems to be a perma-grin on Raunak's face ever since his accomplishment! Great work Raunak!

Julie Bellerose, August 6, 2008

Congratulations go to Ms. Julie Bellerose who successfully completed her First Solo on August 6! Her CFI, Paul Kutler, is ecstatic! Keep up the great work Julie!

Kevin Lohner, August 6, 2008

Congratulations go out to Mr. Kevin Lohner who successfully completed his First Solo today, August 6. His CFI, Paul Kutler, was a busy man today and is doubly proud of Kevin's great work!

Uri Tzarnotzky, August 5, 2008

Congratulations to Uri Tzarnotzky! Uri passed his instrument checkride on Tuesday, August 5. As you can see in the picture below, his CFII, Steve Philipson is greatly impressed by Uri's performance! Keep up the great work Uri!

Arik Baratz and James Meeks, July 7 and 8

Congrats, so long, bon voyage, farewell!

On July 7 and 8 two of our members passed their private pilot checkrides with their backs against a wall of hard deadlines due to extended travel commitments. Arik Baratz passed his private pilot checkride on the 7th and that night departed for Australia for the start of a one year stay. James Meeks passed his checkride on the 8th and departed the same afternoon on the first leg of a trip to Peru and then on to a six month assignment in Spain. Both pilots endured days of high winds, extremely poor visibility due to fires (no visible horizon) and examiner unavailability due to illness that put them in a do-or-die situation -- pass the checkride or face a very long time before they could make another attempt.

Congrats to them and their instructor Steve Philipson for toughing it out under adverse conditions and extreme time pressure. Please join us in sending them best wishes on their extended travel assignments.

Jason Kim, First Solo, July 12, 2008

Jason Kim perfomred his First Solo on Saturday, July 12, 2008. His CFI, Paul Kutler, was extremely pleased with Jason's performance. Keep up the great work Jason!

David Schie, First Solo, June 18, 2008

David Schie performed his First Solo on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at San Jose International Airport. His CFI is Paul Kutler. Congratulations David! Great job!

Chris Straughn, First Solo, May 26, 2008

Chris performed his first Solo on Monday, May 26, 2008. His CFI, Pete Brooks stated, "I am very proud of him. He is doing so well. Thanks." Congratulations Chris! Keep up the great work.

Elizabeth Kidney, Certified Flight Instructor, May 9, 2008

Liz passed her CFI checkride today! After six months of working with her CFI, Dan Jacobson, Liz decided she had heard enough from Dan and insisted upon taking her checkride. Sherry Diamond was assigned by the San Jose FSDO to give the checkride. It went fantastically! CFII next Liz! Congratulations!

David Horne, First Officer, Piedmont Airlines, April 10, 2008

David Horne was just hired as a First Officer at Piedmont Airlines. Congratulations Dave! That is fantastic. David is currently working as an intern at Delta Airlines, where he played a pivotal role in the now publicly announced merger between Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines. CEO Richard Anderson was recently quoted as saying "Without Dave's invaluable knowledge and assistance, this merger would have been DOA. We can now move forward to take our rightful place as the largest airline in the free world (by passenger volume). We are sorry to lose Dave to the commuters, but a man has got to do what he's got to do."

Evan Karlik, Private Pilot Checkride, March 17, 2008

Evan Karlik passed his Private Pilot Checkride today, March 17. Splendid work Evan! Here is a great picture of Evan with his CFI, Paul Kutler. Ironically, Evan pointed out that he passed his Private Pilot Checkride on St. Patty's Day! Good on ya lad! Keep up the good work.

David Lee, Private Pilot Checkride, March 5, 2008

David Lee completed his Private Pilot Checkride today. Congratulations Dave! David was instructed by a combination tag team of CFIs. He started with CFI JR Warmkessel and finished with CFI David Risher. No rest for the weary, David L. is starting his Instrument training immediately! Well done David!

Steve Heyman, Instrument Rating Checkride, February 14, 2008

Steve Heyman passed his Instrument Rating Checkride today! Ironically, today, Valentines Day 2008, is one of the most gorgeous Chamber of Commerce days that I can remember. Well done Steve! Libor Kovarcik is Steve's CFII. Job well done gentlemen!

Tom Boyer, Private Pilot Checkride, February 12, 2008

Tom Boyer passed his Private Pilot Checkride today. He was flying N4138J, our Cherokee 140. Bill Hightower was Tom's flight instructor and as you see here, Sherry Diamond was the Designated Examiner. Everyone is smiling, so it must have gone really well! Congratulations Tom!

Grant Daiss, Instrument Rating Checkride, February 11, 2008

Grant Daiss passed his Instrument Rating checkride today. Well done Grant! Libor Kovarcik is his CFII. Keep up the good work!

Kevin Gorey, Commercial Checkride, December 13, 2007

Kevin Gorey passed his Commercial Checkride on December 13. He flew the Mooney 201 and passed with flying colors. Great work Kevin! Here is a picture of Kevin and his favorite copilot. Kevin's Flight Instructor, Libor Kovicik, was very pleased with the outcome! Congratulations!

Uri Tzarnotsky, First Solo, December 1, 2007

Uri Tzarnotsky performed his First Solo today, December 1, 2007. He was flying N6253G. Congratulations Uri! Great work.

Peter Kuykendall, Instrument Rating, November 2007

Peter Kuykendall passed his Instrument Rating Checkride in November. That is a great accomplishment! Peter's instructor, Libor Kovarcik, is very pleased with Peter's accomplishment.

Peter made the following statement. "I'm really excited to have achieved my Instrument rating. My flying skills have definitely benefited from the training. I feel I am a better and safer pilot and I look forward to enjoying some of the advantages of having an instrument rating. Thanks Libor and thanks Shoreline Flying Club for helping make it possible."

Hamid Moshtaghi, Instrument Rating, November, 2007

Hamid Moshtaghi completed his instrument rating last month. What a fantastic accomplishment Hamid! Libor Kovarcik is his Flight Instructor and is very pleased.

Evan Karlik, First Solo, November 12, 2007

Evan Karlik performed his first solo today! Fantastic work Evan! It only gets better from here doesn't it?

An interesting note, November 12 just happens to be Evan's birthday too! What a great present! Paul Kutler is Evan's Flight Instructor.

David Lee, First Solo, October 31, 2007

David Lee performed his first solo today, October 31, 2007! What a spooky accomlishment on Halloween!

J.R. Warmkessel is his CFI. CONGRATULATIONS David!

Libor Kovarcik, Gold Seal Instructor, October 17, 2007

Libor just qualified and received his Gold Seal Instructor Certificate! That is an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations Libor! We are VERY proud of you. Here is a great picture of Libor and his son.

CJ Lion, Instrument Rating Checkride, August 20, 2007

CJ passed his Instrument Rating Checkride on Monday, August 20! Way to go CJ! We can't wait for the hard IFR this winter too! Libor Kovarik was CJ's instructor. CONGRATULATIONS!

CFI Keith Stason, AIRLINE PILOT, July 20, 2007

Keith Stason was offered a position with Express Jet Airlines as a First Officer on the Embraer-145 737-Killer!

We couldn't be happier for Keith! It has been his long time ambition to become a Part 121 pilot and he has succeeded!

We're so proud of you Keith. We're a bit ferklempt! Gordon has shpeelkiss in his genektagazoink!

Justin Hensley, Private Pilot Checkride, July 6, 2007

Justin passed his Private Pilot Checkride on July 6th!

Justin stated, "Sophia is a great instructor. She is always relaxed int he cockpit, explains topics thoroughly and is quite adept at knowing when I was ready to move on to more difficult maneuvers. I would whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone thinking of getting their pilots license.

Congratulations Justin!

Libor Kovarcik and Sophia Ng, July 1, 2007

Libor and Sophia gave birth to a beautiful happy and healthy baby boy today! His name is Dylan! CONGRATULATIONS!

Charlie Jackson, Seaplane Rating, June 30, 2007

Charlie earned his Seaplane rating at the end of June! How cool! He trained at "Alaska Float Ratings" which is located about 100 miles south of Anchorage. He had a great opportunity to do some real bush and mountain flying!

Charlie was wondering when we are getting a float plane in the club. Well Charlie, when are we getting a float plane?


CFI Fred Azarinfar, AIRLINE PILOT, June, 2007

Fred was offered a position with Skywest Airlines as a First Officer on the Embraer 120 Brasilia! He just successfully completed his IOE (Initial Operating Experience) and is now a fully qualified First Officer.

We couldn't be happier for Fred! It has been his long time ambition to become an airline pilot and he has succeeded!

Another success story from Shoreline Flying Club!

Wayne Fu, Private Pilot Checkride, June 19, 2007

Wayne completed his Private Pilot Checkride today! Excellent work Wayne! What a nice gift for your CFI, Steve Philipson's birthday!

Andres Ocampo, Private Pilot Checkride, June 2007

Andres completed his Private Pilot Checkride at the end of June. Congratulations, Andres! Great work!

Fraser Thomson, First Solo, February 7, 2007

Fraser accomplished his first solo on Febrary 7. His flight instructor Sophia Ng was very pleased with his performance.

Fraser commented, "I thought I might be nervous when Sophia got out of the plane at the instructor's bench, but to my surprise I found myself calmly talking to the tower, and following my checklists routinely. I was as excited and stoked as ever setting up for the landings (I love landings). Thanks to Sophia for helping me to reach this milestone!"

CFI Steve Philipson, Gold Seal Instructor, January 2007

The FAA has a program to recognize instructors who have a high pass rate and a high level of activity. An instructor who has at least 8 out of 10 students pass their flight tests on their first attempts, with at least 10 flight tests within 24 months is awarded a Gold Seal permanently attached to his or her flight instructor certificate. Less than 3% of instructors have a Gold Seal certificate. Steve Philipson reached this goal in December and was awarded the instructor Gold Seal Certificate in January.

Congratulations Steve! We are honored to have a CFI with this prestigious accomplishment on his resume! Keep up the GREAT work.

NEW CATEGORY - Most interesting tie down knot!, January 19, 2007

Announcing a new category for Congratulatory Accomplishments. This "knot???" was found attached to one of our airplanes on January 19.

If we have any former Boy Scouts or Navy Seamen in the club who know just what this is called, please let me know! As Borat would say, Wa Wa Wee Wa!

Steve Heyman, First Solo, January 19, 2007

Steve Heyman performed his first solo on the morning of January 19, 2007! Uwe Lemke, his flight instructor was mighty pleased with Steve's performance!

Excellent work Steve! Ten days from start to solo! Not bad! You should have your ATP by March at this rate! Congratulations!

Justin Hensley, First Solo, January 7, 2007

Justin Hensley performed his first solo on the afternoon of January 7, 2007! His CFI, Sophia Ng, observed his stellar performance from the bench alongside runway 31 at Palo Alto Airport.

Justin commented, "I was nervous before taking-off for the first time on my solo, but after leaving the runway, Sophia's training kicked in and everything was fine. Actually, I was a little sad when I had to stop after only three landings."

Great work Justin! We look forward to great accomplishments from you in the near future!

Dave Lipps, First Solo, January 5, 2007

Dave Lipps performed his first solo on the morning of January 5, 2007! His CFI, Dave Horne commented that Dave did an extraordinary job considering that the winds started picking up during his solo work! Way to go Dave! Keep up the great work.

Paul Park, Private Pilot Checkride, January 4, 2007

Paul Park passed his Private Pilot Checkride today! His Flight Instructor was Sophia Ng.

Paul commented, "I am very thankful for Sophia, Gordon, and Shoreline for making this happen."

Sophia said, " was blessed to have Paul as my student. Paul, you've done a great job!!!!!

Good job Paul!

Ramon Rick, Instrument Checkride, November 22, 2006

Ramon Rick passed his Instrument Checkride today. Looks like he did it just in time!

The weather is looking mighty overcast! Put it to good use.

Good job Ramon!

Ramon's CFI, Libor Kovarcik, poetically commented, "He skillfully navigated the Victor Airways to Victory!

Mike Fiore, First Solo, October 19, 2006

Mike Fiore completed his First Solo today! When asked

about his accomplishment, he stated, "Sophia is an excellent Flight Instructor!

God knows that she was so patient with me!!!!"

Sophia responded, "You've made your instructor proud."

Congratulations Mike! Keep up the good work!

Jose Valencia, First Solo, September 26, 2006

Jose Valencia successfully accomplished his first solo today!

He was quoted afterwards to say, "I got really sweaty! I was very nervous..."

Not to be outdone on quotes, his CFI, Libor stated, "After a little bit of

bouncing on the first one, airline captain-like greasers followed!"

Congratulations Jose!

Keith Stason, First Real Job, September 22, 2006

It is with bitersweet joy that we proudly announce that

our CFI extraordinaire, Keith Stason, was plucked up by

box delivery service Ameriflight. He will be flying the Piper

Cheiftain for them. He may still honor us with his presence

on weekends, when he's not flying heavy iron.

CONGRATULATIONS KEITH!! You make us proud.

Coby Sena, First Solo, September 13, 2006

Coby successfully accomplished her first solo today!

Her CFI, Keith Stason is mighty proud.

Excellent job Coby! Keep up the good work!

Paul Park, First Solo, September 7, 2006

Paul just accomplished his First Solo today! Sophia Ng is his flight instructor

Sophia says that Paul is an excellent student.

Paul adds, "I'm really grateful to Sophia and Shoreline for making this possible. It was a great day to solo."

Ryan Tai, Private Pilot, August 28, 2006

Ryan just passed his Private Pilot Checkride today. His CFI, Dave Horne, commented,

"I was really impressed with his performance. I want to thank everyone that helped him get

to his goal after I left to return to UND." Well done Ryan!

Eric So, Private Pilot, August 25, 2006

Eric passed his private pilot checkride on Friday, August 25! His Flight Instructor

was Pearse Connolly. Eric's selfless comment at the time of this great accomlishment was

the following, "Shoreline has been great for organization for me in the past 2 months offering great prices for planes. Thank you!

Eric, THANK YOU! And keep up the great work!

San Gunawardana, First Solo, August 23, 2006

San successfully accomplished his First Solo on August 23!

Congratulations San and Keith Stason, San's CFI is proud as a peacock!

Boaz Efroni-Rotman, Private Pilot, August 21, 2006

Boaz passed his private pilot checkride today with examiner Mike Shiflett.

When asked about his accomplishment, Boaz had this to say....

"I would like to commend Pearse Connolly, my CFI, for pushing me very hard and making me a better pilot.

I would like to say to all "The Sky is not a limit any more for me""

Katie Given, Commercial Pilots License, August 15, 2006

Katie overcame the lack of her training airplane and passed her Commercial Pilot Checkride

Congratulations Katie! Steve Philipson, CFI, is proud!

Elizabeth Kidney, Commercial Pilots License, August 14, 2006

Liz passed her Commercial Pilots Checkride today. According to Sherry Diamond, her examiner, she

did a fantastic job. Her CFI, Dan Jacobson, couldn't agree more! For those of you who are wondering

where the Cardinal RG is, click here and here to see the incredible job Liz did in bringing in the

stricken aircraft. I know who I want to fly with in the event of an emergency! Great job Liz!

Eric So, First Solo, July 27, 2006

Eric braved the unbelieveable heat today and accomplished his First Solo!

Good job Eric! Pearse Connolly, CFI.

Aaron Zweigle, Private Pilot, July 20, 2006

Aaron passed his Private Pilot Checkride with flying colors.

Aaron's CFI, Dave Horne, said that his performance was "Awesome"!

Thanks also to Eric Moore who helped prepare Aaron.

Click here to see pictures from Aaron's Congratulatory party at The Oasis

Anil Menon, CFI Rating, June 30, 2006

Anil skilfully passed his Certified Flight Instructor checkride on June 30. Just in time too, as he started his medical residency the next day!

We are hoping that he will be providing flight instruction at Shoreline Flying Club very soon.

Congratulations Anil!

Sophia Ng, CFII Rating, June 28, 2006

Sophia passed her Instrument Flight Instructor rating checkride on June 28. She is quickly adding to her credentials as a professional aviator.

We are proud to have her working with us at Shoreline Flying Club.

Her Instructor Libor Kovarcik is even more proud.

Wayne Fu, First Solo, June 16, 2006

Wayne did his first solo in N738LF! What great landings!

Boaz Efroni Rotman, First Solo, May 20, 2006

Boaz is flying with CFI Pearse Connoly who commented that Boaz did a fantastic job!

Cher Elven, First Solo, May 4, 2006

Cheri did her first solo in N837SP in some exciting crosswinds. Her instructor, Steve Philipson, said she did great!

Sophia Ng and Libor Kovarcik, Engagement

Shoreline Flying Club's first matrimonial accomplishment. Sophia and Libor are both Shoreline CFIs.

Ryan Tai, First Solo, April 19 2006

Ryan resumed training that he bagan in Canada but didn't finish prior to arriving in Mountain View to work for Google!

Anil Menon, Commercial Pilots License, April 19, 2006

Anil passed his Commercial Pilots License checkride on April 19.

Congratulations Anil!

Dan Cervelli, Private Pilot, April 18, 2006

Dan got his PP-ASEL certificate. Steve Philipson was his instructor.

Aaron Zweigle, First Solo, February 21, 2006

Aaron resumed his training that he started 20 years ago. He did an excellent job, so says his CFI Eric Moore!