Tom Geyer - IFR Mission Accomplished

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Tom Geyer is an enthusiastic pilot who enjoys flying his plane to interesting and exotic places with his wife Denise. He has accumulated nearly 500 hours, but never had the time to pursue his Instrument rating due to family and work obligations.

He realized the additional flexibility and safety an instrument ticket would add, and this year he made a resolution to get it done. Once he got started he was like a "kid in a candy store", and wondered why he hadn't done this sooner.

On Saturday Tom demonstrated his newly acquired skills and knowledge to DPE, John Somiak, and proudly added his new rating.

Please join us in congratulation John as he and his wife depart for many new and exciting destinations without having to worry about a few clouds moving in.

Bob Garity, CFII

Darika Goyal Bisht - "Wonder Woman"!!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

At 17 years old the world is moving "fast' for Darika. Trying to finish up high school and working on the College Admission process would be a full time job for most young ladies.

However, taking time off this summer wasn't in her blood, as she made the time to complete her Instrument rating in a Cirrus SR22 at KJYO last week.

Now that she is qualified to fly around in the clouds, she is looking forward to being old enough to get her driver's license. Amazing!!

Please join us in congratulating Darika and her proud father, Probir Goyal, who was also her dedicated flight instructor.

Mark Johnson - Celebrating with a "Scotch"

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Mark took his 1st flight lesson less than a year ago and there was no looking back. After his 2nd flight, he made the decision to purchase his very own Cirrus SR-22 G3 and he fell in love with his Imperial Red and White flying machine.

There is no mistaking our resident Scotsman when he talks on the radio with his "proper and distinctive" Scottish accent.

This past Friday Mark completed his initial goal by earning his Private Pilot certificate from DPE, John Somiak, at KJYO. He excelled in large part due to his great support team, Krish Krithivasan, Probir Goyal, and Yasser Choudhary.

He and his wife will now be able to make weekend flights to their cabin by the lake in Johnstown, NY in just over an hour, vs. their previous six hour drive.

Please join us in a celebration toast of his favorite Scotch. Bottoms up. Congratulations Mark!!

Bob Garity, CFI

Ethan Grambow - "The Energizer Bunny"

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Nobody gets more excited about flying than Ethan. He took his 1st training flight on 8-26-20 and scheduled at least once a week until he achieved his goal. He never got cold because he was always on the move. He wore short sleeves in the winter, while his instructors wore coats.

Yesterday Ethan was awarded his Private Pilot certificate from DPE, John Somiak, his excitement reached a new peak, with a smile from ear to ear that may last for weeks

Ethan had a great support team throughout his training. Thanks to Charlie Bobish, Scott Young,Terry Crochetiere, and his wife Cheryl who all encouraged and assisted him along the way.

Please join us in congratulation Ethan, who plans to exercise his new wings a bit, and then move right on with his Instrument rating.

Bob Garity and Terry Crochetiere, CFI's

Doug Smith - Two Examiners on One Checkride ??

Sunday, May 23, 2021

What a nice surprise, when the DPE tells you the day before your Instrument Flight check that an FAA Inspector will be riding along in the back seat to evaluate him, while he evaluates you.

No pressure, just a little addition of 230 lbs for the W&B and off you go. Actually it was a little more complicated than that, but Doug was well prepared and proficient. He has flown consistently every week for the past several months and completed his Instrument training in less than 7 months.

This past Friday, Doug overcame all obstacles with his precision instrument flying and earned his Instrument rating in a Cirrus SR20 Perspective from DPE, John Somiak.

Doug plans to use his new IFR wings to travel back and forth to his 2nd home in New Hampshire in his newly acquired G5 SR22T. Congratulations Doug!! You handled the pressure like the "Professional" that you are.

Imran and Hassan - "Success Squared"

Thursday, April 15, 2021

It was a "Double Header" at Nova Pilots today with two winning performances. This morning Imran Akram demonstrated his carefully crafted Pylon Eights and precision Power Out 180 landing skills to DPE, John Somiak, and was awarded his well deserved Commercial Pilot Certificate.

This afternoon Hassan Babar took over the controls of their jointly owner Cirrus SR22 topping off his Instrument Flight check with a precisely executed, partial panel, hand flown, WAAS failed, LNAV approach at KJYO.

This is a great example of a successful aircraft partnership where the pilots help and challenge each other for their mutual success.

In celebration they are planning an extended flight to California with a stop at Air Venture in Oshkosh along the way. What a great adventure this will be.

Please join us in congratulating Imran and Hassan on their joint success.

Bob Garity, CFI

Justin White - Beating the Pandemic

Friday, March 12, 2021

On March 17, 2020, Justin and his wife Natalie took their 1st flight lesson with a goal of fulfilling their long time desire of learning to fly. They fell in love with the excitement, challenge, and thrill of flying and were excited to move forward to getting their Private Pilot licenses.

About that time the whole world changed with the breakout of the Corona Virus Pandemic and flight training came to a virtual halt.

However, they never lost their enthusiasm or their dream and enrolled in a Sporty's on-line course and purchased a Noble Cirrus flight simulator for their home.

When flight training gradually oped up a few months later Justin got on the schedule at every opportunity to continue his pursuit. Today we are happy to announce that Justin was awarded his Private Pilot certificate by DPE, John Somiak,in a Cirrus SR20 Perspective at KJYO.

Please join us in congratulating Justin for his success and his perseverance, and for proving that good things can happen even in tough times.

Bob Garity, CFI

Official Instrument Guru

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Congratulations to Nova Pilots Instructor, Terry Crochetiere, for adding Instrument Instructor to his CFI rating.

Friday was a long but rewarding day for Terry. After completing a four hour oral exam, he had the opportunity to demonstrate his non-published holding, and partial panel approach teaching skills in N902TV to DPE, John Somiak.

Anyone who successfully survives this long and intense level of testing on Instrument knowledge and flight instruction skills should should surely earn the title of "Instrument Guru".

Terry is checked out in all our aircraft and is now available and excited to share his vast instrument knowledge and teaching skills with anyone working on their Instrument rating or needing an IPC.

Nice work Terry!!

1st Anniversary Update

Monday, February 15, 2021

Nova Pilots is proud to celebrate its 1st anniversary this month, and we are thrilled that you have come on board to fly with us. Thank you for being part of our family and for helping us to make Nova Pilots a great success.

We had some great news yesterday. Our SR20 G6, N902TV is now back in service and itching to get back in the air. This will alleviate the SR20 availability issues we have experienced recently as our “Green Machine”, N139K, has been ridden hard for the past couple of months.

On the administrative side, we just renewed our aircraft insurance for another year. All our aircraft are insured for their full hull value, plus one million dollars of liability coverage. Aircraft insurance price Increases have been the biggest concern in the aviation industry for the past couple of years and this had a direct on our insurance as well, which increased by 25% over last year. As much as we do not like to do it, Nova pilots will need to increase rental prices slightly to help defer some of this increased cost. Please contact us for our updated pricing effective March 1, 2021.

These new rental rates are still well below any other prices in the market, and our CFI rates will remain at $75 per hour.

Nova Pilots provides a very customer focused flight operation that is always striving to provide the best flight instruction, with meticulously maintained aircraft at reasonable and competitive prices for both our rental aircraft and instructors.
Additionally, we want to maintain Nova Pilots as the friendliest, most customer orientated, and most enjoyable place to fly. We hope you understand our need for these slight pricing adjustments. We will post the new insurance rental pilot requirements in the front of the dispatch books and look forward to continuing to meet and exceed your flight training expectations.

Hope you enjoyed Valentine’s day with your loved ones and always remember that “The couple that flies together stays together.”

Best regards,

Your Nova Pilots Support Team

Exciting Day at Nova Pilots - Krish and Mark

Sunday, December 20, 2020

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"

Monday, November 30, 2020

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"

Saturday, November 7, 2020

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

Saturday, November 7, 2020

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!!

Monday, August 10, 2020

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"

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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!

Monday, June 15, 2020

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

Saturday, June 6, 2020

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 and see for yourself. We think you will find it to be a useful addition to your aviation resource list.

Our newest CFII

Friday, May 29, 2020

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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.

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