While a lot of planes at KJYO were weighted down with ice and sitting on their tails, Friday was an exciting and productive day at Nova Pilots.
Starting off the day our "IT Wizard", Krish Krithivasan, added the title of "Instrument Wizard" to his resume earning a "fist bump" and a "big smile" from DPE, John Somiak after he skillfully completed a demanding, Instrument Flight Check in his favorite SR20, the "Green Machine". Krish, is looking forward to a new and exciting way to travel with his family
At the same time as Krish was flying non-published holds and approaches, Mark Johnson, completed his 1st solo in his new Cirrus SR22 G3. Mark just started flying a couple of months ago and decided early on that the best way to learn to fly was to purchase his own plane, which he did after his 2nd lesson. His lake house in Jamestown, NY is now a one hour flight vs. a six hour drive.
Please join us in congratulating both Krish and Mark.
Bob Garity, CFI
Ethan Grambow - "Too Excited to Sleep Tonight"
Ethan has always wanted to learn to fly and took his 1st flight lesson two months ago. On his 1st two flights he was very apprehensive, got very ill, and wasn't sure he would be able to continue flying.
Not one to give up or quit, he continued his lessons and felt better and better with each flight. Eventually his apprehension turned to excitement and enthusiasm, and he couldn't wait for his next flight.
This afternoon he completed his 1st Solo in a Cirrus SR20 and you couldn't wipe the smile off his face. He was so happy and excited to complete his 1st solo that he said there was "no way he would be able to sleep tonight".
Congratulations Ethan!! Your perseverance and "can do attitude" are an inspiration to all of us.
Faisal Sultan - "The Flying Frisky Geek"
Congratulations to Faisal Sultan for earning his Private Pilot certificate yesterday with DPE, John Somiak at KJYO.
Faisal is a software developer who enjoys Photography, Design, Cycling, and Cooking. Once he was introduced to "The Gift of Flight", it became his "New Passion". Our Cirrus SR20 Green Machine has become his home away from home.
Faisal plans to exercise his new wings traveling with family and friends and then move quickly into securing his Instrument rating.
Please join us in congratulating Faisal and welcoming him into the growing Pilot community at Leesburg.
Bob Garity - CFI
Michael Kielb -" Once in a Lifetime" Event
Once of the most memorable and exciting events in the life of a pilot is their 1st Solo.
Today under blue skies, calm winds, and a traffic pattern full of planes, Michael Kielb took the big leap out of the nest to complete his 1st Solo in his favorite Cirrus SR20, the "Green Machine".
In spite of all the traffic he was calm, cool and collected, completed three picture perfect landings, and never broke a sweat.
Congratulations Michael, you may fly for the rest of your life, but you will never forget this moment.
Terry Crochetiere, CFI (his first, 1st solo) Nice Work!!
Yasser Choudhary - Major Celebration!!
When a task is accomplished easily and quickly, you often take it for granted and don't get as much satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment as you do when it takes a long time to complete and you really have to work on it.
On June 20th 2012 Yasser Choudhary took his 1st flight in a Cirrus SR20, N136RW, His goal was to complete his Private Pilot rating before the end of the year.
With work, family, travel and other priorities, flight training time was hard to find, but he never lost sight of his goal. Last year he purchased an SR22 G3, which provided the the additional stimulus and motivation to complete his goal.
On Saturday 8-8-20, Yasser flew his SR22 with pride and great precision finally achieving his dream, by earning his Private Pilot certificate from DPE, John Somiak.
You have never seen anyone so excited and happy to have achieved this goal. Please join us in congratulating Yasser. A Major Celebration is being planned!!
Bob Garity, CFI
Scott Young - Bulding his "Dream Machine"
Congratulations to Scott Young for the successful completion of his Instrument rating with DPE, John Somiak, last week at KJYO.
Two years ago Scott's love for flying led to the purchase of a "new to him" 2006 Cirrus SR-22. Upgrading it with dual Garmin 650's and a DFC 90 auto pilot it became his "Dream Machine".
Now that his "Instrument Dream" has become a reality, he can make that regular flight with his family to their vacation home at Smith Mountain Lake without having to worry about a few low clouds.
His flying horizons have now been infinitely increased and we hope that his new Instrument rating and Dream Machine help to make all his travel and flying dreams come true.
Bob Garity, CFI
Justin White - Ist Solo in Style
Justin and Natalie White decided to learn to fly as a couple in early March. They would fly together on every flight, learning from each other, and switching seats from front to back at an airport along the way, so that both had an opportunity to fly.
The Corona issue caused a break in their flight training, but they were back flying their beautiful Cirrus SR20 G6 as soon as as the flight training restrictions were lifted at the end of May.
Last Tuesday Justin made the 1st leap out of the Lovebirds nest, completing his 1st Solo at KMRB, with Natalie recording his accomplishment from the ground. It just happened to be their wedding anniversary.
Natalie is exercising her wings and plans to follow Justin out of the nest very soon. The couple that flies together, stays together.
Congratulations Justin for leading the way!!
Bob Garity, CFI
When your Daughter is your 1st Solo!
New CFI's often struggle on deciding when to "send off" their very first 1st Solo. There's always a concern that something could go wrong and they would be responsible. Imagine if your very first, 1st Solo was you own 16 year old daughter. This can cause even more apprehension for the new CFI. This past week Probir Goyal "bit the bullet" and his daughter, Darika, successfully completed her 1st Solo in his Cirrus SR22. It was a big relief for Probir, and a created a memory of a lifetime for Darika. Please join us in congratulating this excited father daughter team.
Announcing our Website - Welcome to NOVAPilots.com
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new and exciting website for NovaPilots at KJYO. This website contains useful information on available aircraft, instructors, pilot success stories, local aviation news, and links to a vast list of aviation resources for your use. We would like to thank Krish Krithivasan, our "Web Site Wizard", for the energy and enthusiasm he has displayed in creating this exciting and very functional site. We invite you to visit NovaPilots.com and see for yourself. We think you will find it to be a useful addition to your aviation resource list.
Our newest CFII
Congratulations to Probir Goyal for earning his CFII certificate yesterday at KJYO. His check ride with DPE, John Somiak, was the 1st Flight check given at Leesburg since the Corona virus pandemic hit us in mid-March. Probir scored an unprecedented 100% on his CFII written, and perfected his instrument instruction techniques, using his 16 year old daughter as his simulated student, in order to comply with the Corona protection guidelines. In just three years, Probir has earned his Instrument, Commercial, CFI, and now CFII ratings, setting new standards along the way. He thoroughly enjoys instructing, and loves introducing new pilots to the world of flying and talking about the dynamics of flight. Please join us in congratulating Probir and feel free to schedule him and tap into his wealth of knowledge and flying skills, which he is anxious to share. Bob Garity, CSIP
SR20 G6 - N902TV - New Airplane
We are excited to announce the arrival of a brand new 2020 SR-20 G6 to our stable of Cirrus aircraft at Nova Pilots.N902TV was just picked up at the factory in Knoxville on Monday and will be available for training and rental effective March 1, 2020.This is a fully loaded G6 model with the new Lycoming 215 HP engine and Perspective+ Avionics. It has great feature like 150k flaps, air conditioning, the new easy-close doors, and more power for additional speed. This new plane will require the completion of the Perspective+ Avionics and Powerplant differences course and a checkout for anyone who desires to rent it for solo use. The hourly rate will be $260 an hour wet (including fuel). We look forward to introducing you to our newest arrival.
Dr. Jim Koch is an FAA-Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) and will be conducting flight physicals out of our office at Suite 5 (KJYO). He is a former Air Force Flight Surgeon and a CFI. Dr. Koch flies his own Beechcraft Baron and T6-Texan aircrafts. His contact information is located on the "Resource Tab" on our website. Please reach out to him to setup an appointment with him.
SR20 - N139K - New Airplane
We are very happy to announce that a new plane has joined our fleet. N139K is 2016 Cirrus SR20GTS (really fully loaded) and with less then a 100 total hours. She looks gorgeous. Fun fact: This is the last produced SR20-G3. It is located in A3 tie down (just outside the main terminal).
Office Location - Nova Pilots
We are moving to our brand new office space in Suite #5 (Upper Floor) in the main terminal. Come see us!
Welcome to Nova Pilots
Welcome to an exciting beginning of an exciting New Year and a new decade. We began flight operations at KJYO in April 2019, with the objective of providing a more customer orientated flying experience with newest and best maintained aircraft available for rental or flight training at reasonable and affordable rates. NOVA Pilots provides the most competent and capable instructors available. Starting up without office space was challenging, but we managed to build a good clientele of pilots who owned their own aircraft, and pilots who wanted to fly our 2018 SR22 G6. We also did a significant amount of training in the SF50 Cirrus Vision Jet. Recently we were able to secure office space in the main terminal, which will be a nice benefit to our customers, and also help us grow and improve our operations. Starting today we will be operating out of Suite 5 in the main terminal. All of our customers will have access to this office which is equipped with briefing tables and WiFi, along with computer and printer services for your use. The aircraft dispatch books will be moved this office today and the combination lock code will be provided to all of our customers. We would sincerely like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding during our start up period and as we move forward in growing and improving our flight operations. On behalf of our small but dedicated team, we thank you for your business and wish you a happy and healthy New Year and many hours of safe and enjoyable flying in the year ahead.