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A gaggle of aviation enthusiasts take to the sky for airplane camping!
AeroDynamic family members departed Reid-Hillview airport on a partly cloudy Saturday for a night of camping, grilling, and stargazing on the grass runway at Columbia Airport (O22). This AeroDynamic tradition started a few years ago with a bunch of adventurous pilots who wanted to fly for more than just the $100 hamburger.
On this trip, 4 taildraggers and 3 Cessna 172s flew in to the grass and paved runways at this 2120′ MSL elevation airport at the base of the Sierra Mountains.
A few of us later hopped in the taildraggers for some showing off…ahem, landing practice…on the grass runway.
With everyone contributing a little something, we grilled chicken, cooked broccoli-cheese rice, and shared wine, beer, cheese, crackers, and chocolate (thanks, Mary). Totally stuffed, we sat around the campfire telling tall pilot tales and heckling each other. Once dark settled in, we walked out to the now-quiet grass runway 29-11 and laid down to stargaze (ok, maybe we did some plane spotting, too).
Instructors, students, and friends woke to the loud squawking of roosters and loud roar of low-flying aircraft – one of which you would expect when your tent is pitched a few hundred feet from a runway. Breakfast and coffee happened, then a few of us climbed in our planes for aerobatics, grass landing practice, or sightseeing. After packing up camp, some of us flew out while others walked into the quaint town of Columbia, where you can pan for gold, get a horse-drawn carriage ride, or see a play in this historic town.
Please join us on our next airplane camping adventure (to be announced soon). All are welcome – your plane or ours, with an instructor or solo – and bring family, kids, pets and friends!
Congratulations to Keith Anderson on soloing the Aeronca Champ! He’s enjoying flying the Champ but will soon be switching to the Citabria 7ECAs to finish up his Private Pilot requirements.
Thank you to CFI Blake H. and CFI Jason Brown for all of your great instruction!
Congratulation to Jeff Fortner on soloing 712MF! Jeff is now only a few short steps away from finishing up his Sport Pilot training and earning his license!
Thank you to CFI David Waksberg for all of your hard work and instruction getting Jeff ready for this once in a lifetime moment!
Congratulations to SG on soloing 9091L! He waited out the gloomy low fog to solo on this fine day. Another tailwheel pilot is born!
Thank you to CFI David Pease and CFI Jason Brown for all of your awesome instruction and support!
Congratulations to Nicholas Murphy on soloing N98485! With the support of his wife and CFI Coby Sena, he’s accomplished this impressive milestone!
Congratulations to the Bayards on soloing! The father & son duo started flight training together and the pair have done well. Next step is cross country adventures and night flying!
Thank you to CFI Tom Morley and CFI Jason Brown for your great instruction!
Congratulations to Shenghao on soloing 990WY on this overcast morning! He may have been restricted to KRHV today, but he’ll soon be enjoying cross countries around California on clear, beautiful days.
Thank you to CFI David Pease for all of your hard work instructing our next generation of tailwheel pilots!
Congratulations to Bruno Sotelo for soloing N1806G at South County! While our Reid-Hillview airport was too windy, E16 provided awesome conditions for this tailwheel student to go solo.
Another tailwheel pilot is born!
Thank you to CFI David Pease for all of your hard work, dedication, and 7am flights!
We are proud to announce four passed checkrides in the last 24 hours!
We had 2 Private Pilot checkrides and a Sport pilot checkride today. Congratulations to Derek Eukel, Marton Kun-Szabo, and Carlo Chung! Congrats again to Matt Bragen on passing his CFI checkride.
Thank you to all of the AeroDynamic Aviation instructors and the DPEs who made this all happen!
Congratulations to Matt Bragen on becoming a Certified Flight Instructor! This is an amazing accomplishment and we are proud to see him pass his checkride and join us in training more pilots! A special thank you to CFII Dick Chang for getting Matt prepared for this complex checkride!