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.
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).
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.
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.