Recent Achievements

Xin Rong, First solo February 11, 2014

On Feb 11, 2014, Xin Rong did his First Solo in 333UM! Xin is a UM graduate student, working towards a doctoral degree in Information Science. He comes from a northeastern city in China, where many Chinese military pilots receive their preliminary training. He admired these young pilots very much, and now he gets to fly a plane on his own. Kathryn is his instructor. Congratulations Xin!

Ruiqi Chen, First solo January 3, 2014

Congratulations to Ruiqi Chen on his first solo! He braved some cold temperatures for the club's first student solo flight of the new year!

Mike O'Donnell, First solo December 16, 2013

Mike has always wanted to fly since he was a young boy watching planes land at Midway in Chicago. Family and professional duties were always his first priorities. Now "semi-retired", Mike is finally on his way to achieving his dream. Mike's CFI is Kathryn. Congratulations Mike!!

Bill Smith, Light sport pilot December 16, 2013

Bill finished his Light Sport Pilot license today in a Cessna 162. Congratulations, Bill! Tenacity!! Bill’s CFI is Jayne.

Bill is Professor and Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Michigan, (ask him to tell you how aspirin really works!) Bill is an AAAS Fellow (Medical Sciences) and won the State of Michigan Scientist of the Year Award.

Ben Herrick, Private Pilot November 24, 2013

Congratulations to our newest private pilot, Ben Herrick! Ben just turned 17 and is one of our youngest members. He received his private pilot's certificate on November 24. Ben is Joe's student. Great work!

David Brown, First Solo November 20, 2013

David Brown moved here 2 years ago from the east coast and is working as an Engineer for GM at their Milford proving grounds. He has been unlucky with weather while waiting to solo. The fall weather finally cooperated and he flew without his instructor, Kathryn, for the first time on November 20, 2013. Congratulations David!!!

Pascal Meyer, Private Pilot November 13, 2013

Pascal Meyer became a private pilot on November 13, 2013! Pascal, from Germany, is in his 3rd year as a PhD candidate at UM studying Aerospace Engineering. He started flying gliders at the age of 14 in Germany and he plans to get his US glider certificate next summer. Kathryn is Pascal's instructor. Congratulations Pascal!!!

Syd Chapman, First Solo October 30, 2013

Syd Chapman has been flying radio-controlled airplanes for some time and he owns close to a dozen of them. Flying from the ground just wasn't enough for Syd, though, and he recently started flying the full-sized version from inside the plane. On October 30, 2013, he flew without his instructor, Kathryn, for the first time. Congratulations Syd!

Jianxin Li, Private Pilot October 8, 2013

Jianxin Li became a private pilot on October 8, 2014! Jianxin, who hales from Singapore, also recently completed her studies at U of M in Aerospace Engineering. She hopes to get her instrument rating eventually--perhaps before returning to Singapore. Jianxin flew with Jayne and Kathryn. Congratulations Jianxin!

Laura Starkey, First Solo September 25, 2013

It has been an exciting year for Laura Starkey (now Beatty). She got married, bought a house, and soloed an airplane for the first time on 9/25/13! Laura works for Akebono Brake Corporation as a chemical engineer. She is Kathryn's student. Congratulations, Laura!

Yuntao Chen, Private Pilot September 15, 2013

On September 15th, 2013, Yuntao Chen became a private pilot. Yuntao (who often goes by Chen) comes from a small town in northeast China and is here working on his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at U of M. He plans to get an instrument rating so he can fly in the clouds. Kathryn is Chen's instructor. Congratulations Chen!!!

Sandro Salgueiro, First solo September 7, 2013

Congratulations to Sandro Salgueiro, who soloed for the first time on Saturday, September 7th, 2013. Sandro, from Brazil, is in his 3rd year as an undergraduate student at UM studying Aerospace and Electrical Engineering. He is interested in aerodynamics and control theory, and would like to work on the optimization of aircraft performance. He always brings his GoPro camera with him in his flights, and his videos can be viewed on YouTube. Sandro is Kathryn's student.

Juergen Mall, Private Pilot September 5, 2013

On September 5, Juergen Mall became a private pilot. It was a beautiful day with blue skies and no wind. Best wishes and tailwinds, Juergen!

Josef Sipek, Private Pilot September 5, 2013

On September 5th, 2013 days before his wedding and a honeymoon in Europe, Josef 'Jeff' Sipek became a private pilot. Congrats, Jeff! Jeff flew with Anthony Sumner and Joe Morabito.

Johnhenri Richardson, Private Pilot August 30, 2013

Johnhenri Richardson is a Private Pilot, SEL, today, August 30, in 222UM with Kerry Brown. Johnhenri (PhD, Physics) is off to Buenos Aires and other Argentinian cities to visit friends, relatives and take a break before starting his consulting job in Washington, DC. Congratulations on a successful summer of flying!! You are now ready to check out in the Civil Air Patrol aircraft! No more rear pax seat for you!! Big wishes, big congrats! Jayne

Jennifer Illes, First solo August 11, 2013

Congratulations to Jennifer Illes on soloing in 222UM! Jennifer has been flying since June with the Michigan Flyers, choosing us over Solo Aviation! What an accomplishment, studying non-stop, accomplishing great feats in just two months! Congrats! Jenny is Strategy and Operations Manager in Advertising Sales at Google; our Colorado person is in musicals (Encore Theater in Dexter); she has run marathons, played Lacrosse, teaches spinning, any wonder she teaches work/life balance and is learning how to fly!?

Johnhenri Richardson, First solo July 9, 2013

Congratulations to Johnhenri Richardson on soloing in 222UM! Johnhenri just recently finished his PhD in Applied Physics, having been here at UM for 5 years in various endeavors. Now his pilot's license!? Sounds like an overachiever to me!! Johnhenri flies with Jayne at the Michigan Flyers.

Vivek Merchant, First solo July 1, 2013

Vivek Merchant flew without his instructor, Kathryn, for the first time on July 1st, 2013. Vivek is here from India to study mechanical engineering at U of M. He completed his first solo just in time before returning home for the summer on July 3rd. Congratulations Vivek!

K. Scott Tripp, Private Pilot June 9, 2013

Congratulations new Private pilot!! Scott and Darcy will be enjoying the National Parks on their way to Scott's new electrical engineer position at Jet Propulsion Laboratories! (Ok at JPL: microwave remote sensing, control electronic frequency 'ap' to do science, help! I'm lost already!) Scott's recent CFIs were Kathryn and Jayne.

Joshua Raymond, Private Pilot June 6, 2013

On June 6th, 2013 Joshua Raymond became a private pilot. Congrats, Joshua! Joshua flew with Joe Morabito.

Mark Norsworthy, Private Pilot May 29, 2013

Mark Norsworthy earned his private pilot license on May 29, 2013 finishing around sunset, (a first)! Mark will move this fall about a tenth of a mile from KARB so he can fly at the Flyers at dawn and dusk, before & after University nuclear engineering commitments (PhD). Mark's research is on nuclear nonproliferation, radiation detection, and applications of superconducting cyclotron particle accelerators. He is spending the summer in Hampton, NH, at a small start-up company to work on a prototype accelerator. He hopes to get checked out in a 172 at 7B3, Hampton's short grass strip, and maybe a Piper Cub as well! Mark flew with Jayne.

Anne Greenberg, Private Pilot May 13, 2013

Anne Greenberg got married in October, finished her PhD at Yale this spring, and on Monday, May 13th, became a private pilot!  Congratulations Anne!

Kathryn, CFI

Allen Allos, First solo May 13, 2013

Allen Allos made his first flight without his instructor (Kathryn) on May 13, 2013.  Congratulations on your solo flight Allen!

Kathryn, CFI

Ben Asher, Private Pilot May 7, 2013

Ben Asher graduated UM yesterday (Computer Science); Private Pilot SEL today, (Kerry Brown says he hasn’t encountered a better oral segment than Ben’s); Europe tomorrow (with buddies). Yelp – bound, San Francisco, Ben will only occasionally be back to fly with us, but we hope he finds good excuses to return. Congrats, Ben! Great job! Blue Skies to you!

Jayne, CFI

Li Jianxin, First solo April 27, 2013

Congratulations Li Jianxin from Singapore! 1st Solo in 222UM! UM Graduate, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, is dedicated to achievement! Jianxin hopes to complete the requirements for the private pilot license before the end of May in preparation to assist Clara Ang on a cross Country flight in 0WE. Another long-range goal is to fly in the Singapore AirForce or an airline. Jianxin flies with Jayne.

Shi Jie Sejay Tan, Private Pilot February 17, 2013

Shi Jie Sejay Tan became a private pilot on February 17, 2013! After delays due to door issues on 4UM, weather, and a busy double-major class schedule at UM, weather finally cooperated for the second generation Michigan Flyers pilot. Sejay is Kathryn's student. Congratulations Sejay!

Eric Schmidt, First solo January 16, 2013

Anthony Sumner's student, Eric Schmidt soloed on January 16, 2013 in N1377S. Congrats, Eric!

Tim Burke, First solo December 30, 2012

Congratulations to Tim Burke whose first solo was on 12/30/2012. Tim works for the Dexter Area Fire Department, is a bow hunter (often hunting near the family cottage in Gaylord). He lives with his son Travis, 12, and Benny, their Jack Russell terrier. Daughter Stephanie is working on her doctorate (clinical pharmacy) at UM and son Andrew flies an F-16 in the Air Force, S. Korea. When he’s not flying, you will see Tim working with Dale sometimes on our aircraft. (Jayne, CFI)

Chris Dzombak, First solo December 27, 2012

Chris Dzombak, Anthony Sumner's student, soloed on December 27th, 2012 in N333UM. Chris is a recent University of Michigan graduate and now works at Nutshell. Congrats, Chris!

Ben Asher, First solo December 15, 2012

Congratulations to Ben Asher whose first solo was today, 12/15/12. Ben will graduate in May, 2013 with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Ben comes from Atlanta, GA and will soon move to San Francisco to begin working at Yelp. Currently he works at Mobiata in the Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor. Ben's interest in aviation comes from working on FlightTrack and FlightBoard at Mobiata, and his uncle is a general aviation pilot from Boston. Great job, Ben! (Jayne, CFI)

John Lesko, Private Pilot December 5, 2012

John Lesko, a retired physics professor, became a private pilot on December 5, 2012. John flew with Will initially, then with Kathryn. Congratulations John!

Anne Greenberg, First solo November 20, 2012

Anne Greenberg has had a great fall this 2012. She got married in October, then flew without her instructor (Kathryn) for the first time on November 20th. Congratulations Anne!

Josef Sipek, First solo November 19, 2012

Anthony Sumner's student, Josef 'Jeff' Sipek soloed on November 19, 2012. Congrats, Jeff!

Mark Norsworthy, First solo November 17, 2012

Mark Norsworthy solo’d at KYIP on Saturday, November 17, while his peers were at the Iowa game. Mark is a UMich PhD student in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, formerly at MIT. Mark grew up in Germany at Ramstein Air Force base; he also lived a couple of years in England. He has traveled all over Europe, recently to Costa Rica (since Suzy) and will soon travel avidly in a Cessna due to this passion. Watching air traffic over Ramstein, Mark decided as a little kid that he would be a pilot one day; he's now living the dream.

Yuntao Chen, First solo November 7, 2012

Yuntao Chen flew his first solo flight on 11/7/12. Yuntao (who goes by Chen) hails from China. He is in the Aerospace engineering program at U of M. Congratulations Chen!

Chris Rodgers, Private Pilot November 4, 2012

Chris Rodgers received his private pilot's license on November 4th! Chris flew with Anthony.

Juergen Mall, First solo November 3, 2012

Juergen Mall flew without his instructor (Anthony) for the first time on November 3rd, 2012. Congrats, Juergen!

Tim Hughes, Private Pilot October 28, 2012

Tim finished his oral a few weeks ago, but with winds gusting in the mid-20 kt range, he postponed the ride. His re-scheduled ride began in utter calm, but ended with winds gusting in the mid-20kts. It didn't matter--he passed. Tim flew with Will, then Kathryn. Tim's favorite flying quote is from Harrison Ford: With Flying comes "Great Freedom – Great Responsibility" [YouTube Video].

Pascal Meyer, First solo October 23, 2012

Pascal is here from Germany studying Aerospace engineering at U of M. Although he has not flown in recent years, Pascal holds a glider certificate. He flew without his instructor (Kathryn) for the first time on October 23, 2012. Congrats, Pascal!

Andy Blyler, Private Pilot October 5, 2012

On October 5, Andy Blyler achieved a fine 2012 Goal: his Private Pilot License; Kerry Brown did the honors. What a great week!

Andy is eager for Stevie his wife to also become a pilot, which she just may well decide to do! Stevie flew with Andy in Maui this spring as he did the practice maneuver “turns about a humpback whale” for photographers in the back! Andy works at Barracuda Networks. Congratulations on this wonderful license, Andy!

Andy flew with Jayne and Kathryn.

Joshua Raymond, First solo August 14, 2012

Joe Morabito's student, Joshua Raymond soloed on August 14, 2012. Congrats, Joshua!

Craig Rood, First solo August 8, 2012

Craig flew at the hottest times of some of the hottest days of the hot summer of 2012. He flew without his instructor (Kathryn) for the first time on August 8, 2012. Congrats, Craig!

Shi Jie Sejay Tan, First solo July 31, 2012

Shi Jie Sejay Tan made his first solo in the Skycatcher on the calm peaceful morning of July 31, 2012. Sejay is a Pure Physics and Economics senior at the University of Michigan and hails from Singapore. Curious about flying the Skycatcher? Sejay finds it "nimble and lively" and says it feels like a "fun nifty little creature ready to please". He loves the bells and whistles of the G100 glass cockpit. Sejay is a second generation Michigan Flyer, his dad was also a U of M Flyers member in the 1980’s when he was an undergrad at U of M. Sejay is Kathryn's student.

Weijia Zhang, Private pilot July 22, 2012

Weijia Zhang became a private pilot on Sunday, July 22, 2012 -- and just in time. Two days later he returned home to China for a month with family and friends. He will be back in September to continue working on his Master's Degree in Aerospace engineering at U of M. He is Kathryn's student. Congratulations, Wei!

Brittany Brown, First solo July 10, 2012

Brittany Brown soloed on July 10th, 2012. Brittany is a recent high school graduate who will be going to Purdue to study engineering in the fall. She is Kathryn's student.

Joseph Jackson, First solo June 22, 2012

Joe Morabito's student, Joseph Jackson soloed on June 13th, 2012.

Michael O'keefe, Private pilot June 14, 2012

Michael O'Keefe received his private pilot's license on June 14!

Surat Kwanmuang, Private pilot May 24, 2012

Surat Kwanmuang received his private pilot's license on May 24! Surat is a PhD student in Mechanical engineering doing research in robotics and navigation. He is Joe Morabito's student.

John Lesko, First solo May 13, 2012

John Lesko soloed on Mother's Day, May 13th. John, a retired physics professor, has been a student of both Will and Kathryn.

James Hadel, Private pilot April 18, 2012

James Hadel is a Senior BBA student at Michigan who started taking lesson in September, soloed on November 4th, and passed the private pilot check ride on April 18th. During training James flew a Cessna 172 (N1377S) and some notable flights along the way included solo flights to Hillsdale, Lansing, South Bend and Toledo. James' next goal is to receive an instrument rating and his flight instructor is Will Lawler.

Wei Zhang, First solo March 11, 2012

Wei Zhang soloed on Sunday, March 11, when the strong, gusty winds of the last few weeks finally calmed down. Wei is doing his aerospace graduate studies at U of M. He is Kathryn's student.

Surat Kwanmuang, First solo March 11, 2012

Surat Kwanmuang soloed on Sunday, March 11, when the strong, gusty winds of the last few weeks finally calmed down. Surat is a PhD student in Mechanical engineering doing research in robotics and navigation. He is Joe Morabito's student.

Jonas Murby, First solo December 10, 2011

Jonas Murby took his first solo flight on Saturday, December 10. Jonas is Kathryn's student -- congratulations!

Eric Muir, Private Pilot October 28, 2011

On Friday, October 28, 2011, received his private pilot license. Eric Muir was the first Michigan Flyer to earn his wings in the Skycatcher (the Cessna 162). Eric is doing graduate work in aerospace at the University of Michigan. He is Kathryn's student.

Casey Gillikin, First Solo October 27, 2011

On Thursday, October 27, 2011, Casey Gillikin took his first solo flight in 333UM. Congrats, Casey!

Eric Muir, First solo August 22, 2011

As the sun set August 22nd, Eric Muir was the first Michigan Flyers student pilot to solo in the Skycatcher (the Cessna 162). He plans to become a private pilot eventually, but will first get his sport pilot license. Eric is doing graduate work in aerospace at the University of Michigan. He is Kathryn's student.

Peter Lu, Private Pilot August 1, 2011

On Monday, August 1, 2011, (Peter) Zhoujie Lu received his private pilot license from Bill Clark. He began his flight training just a few months earlier with instructor Kathryn Robine. He often took his iPhone and windshield mount along on training flights and you can watch his flight videos at lvzhoujie.com. Peter is working on his Ph.D in Aerospace at U of M and doing research on preliminary aircraft design at the Design Optimization Lab. Congratulations Peter!

Mike Smith-Wheelock, Instrument Pilot June 27, 2011

On June 27, Mike Smith-Wheelock earned his long-awaited instrument rating. Mike completed his instrument rating in record time. He began in January & essentially finished training at the end of May. Pictured here with FAA designated examiner Bill Clark, he can now fly through the clouds, mysteriously, every time he schedules, there aren't any clouds! Congratulations on this achievement, Mike! Mike's instructor is Jayne.

Peter Lu, First Solo June 26, 2011

Peter Lu took his first solo flight on Sunday, June 26. Peter is Kathryn's student -- congratulations!

Andy Blyler, First Solo May 20, 2011

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As jubilant Andy Blyler taxied toward the terminal on Bravo, he caught sight of his wife, Stevie, friends and fellow Michigan Flyers, Andy Fowler and Lindsay Snider, as well as other coworkers from Nutshell (one of the places where Andy works), all of whom had been flying as TGIF fun. Andy Fowler immediately sent a tweet: “Just watched @ablyler take his first solo! Three gorgeous touch-and-gos, with a big crowd gathered to watch!!” I (Jayne, CFI) had tipped them off! A “full stop” on 120.3 let them know that Andy was going to solo.

We gathered on the ramp for a raucous Salutatory party with photos (of course a professional photographer couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture such a happy moment!) and videos; the best congratulatory first solo ever!

Victor B, First Solo May 20, 2011

Victor's first solo was on Friday, May 20, a day when another student just happened to have a camera and recorded a video of Victor in 222UM. Victor, a UM sophomore from Greece, working toward a business degree, intends to finish his private pilot’s license in June! Victor also skydives at Meyers-Divers, plays tennis, cycles, rides horses and loves travel.

Mike Okeefe, First Solo January 22, 2011

Congratulations Mike. He flew Cessna N222UM without his instructor (Will) for the first time on January 23, 2011.

Andy Fowler, Private Pilot January 21, 2011

Congratulations Andy! Andy achieved Private Pilot status on January 21 after waiting through a week of snow and wind. The weather cleared up on Friday afternoon to let him fly with FAA examiner Bill Clark. Will Lawler is Andy's instructor.

Lindsay Snider, Private Pilot January 15, 2011

Congratulations Lindsay. He achieved Private Pilot status in January of 2011. His instructor is Will Lawler.

Dan Westcott, Private Pilot December 29, 2010

Dan Westcott worked to achieve private pilot status on December 29, 2010. He took the written the week before, flew with Jayne for the last time on 12/24. On the days scheduled for the ck ride, the weather forecasts were for IFR and at best MVFR. Miraculously on Wednesday afternoon, the skies opened up to allow a brief window of VFR for Dan to attain his goal, just in the nick of time before moving out of Michigan!! Congratulations DAN! That's brilliance, persistence, and a little bit of luck with WX!

Sarah Williams, Private Pilot October 14, 2010

Sarah Williams became a licensed pilot on 14 October, 2010. In between med school applications and med school interviews all over the USA, Sarah polished off her license and worked on her Fine Arts advanced degree. As a scientist, (and artist) those are some awesome accomplishments. Jayne is Sarah's proud CFI.

Dan Westcott, First Solo September 27, 2010

On Monday, September 27, Dan Westcott flew without his instructor for the first time. His instructor is Doug.

Bill Smith, First Solo August 29, 2010

Sunday August 29, Bill Smith soloed for the first time. Bill flies with Doug. Congratulations Bill!

Keith Walter, First Solo August 23, 2010

On Monday, August 23, Keith Walter proudly flew without his instructor for the first time. Keith is a commodities trader for DTE and has an MBA from the University of Michigan. He did his undergrad at MSU in computer engineering and has a masters degree in electrical engineering from Wayne State. Keith flies with Jayne.

Nate Corrigan, Private Pilot August 6, 2010

On Friday August 6, Nate Corrigan was awarded his private pilot's license by Mary Carpenter at PTK. Nate's stellar check ride followed his 100% score on the written exam. He's a graduate of Saline High School and the University of Notre Dame. While he's not flying - Nate's a general manager at Corrigan Moving. We expect to see Nate flying 1377S and 120WE soon.

Check out the pictures of Nate and other private pilots on this page. If you can find their solo pictures - you'll see that they have been transformed.

Jinping Nah, Private Pilot July 26, 2010

On Monday, July 26, Jinping Nah was awarded her private pilot's license. Doug was her instructor. Jin comes to us from Singapore and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She went from solo to private pilot in a little over 2 months. She's also a member of the Singapore Air Force.

Lynn Lau, Private Pilot July 19, 2010

On Monday, July 19, Lynn Lau was awarded her private pilot's license by Bill Clark. Doug was her instructor. Lynn comes to us from Singapore and has recently finished her Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering at a local university. She went from solo to private pilot in a little over 2 months.

Mike Smith-Wheelock, Private Pilot June 16, 2010

On Wednesday June 16, Mike Smith-Wheelock was awarded his Private Pilot's license by Mary Carpenter. Mike came to us on his 50th birthday (February 2010) and four month's later is a private pilot. Mike works at UM, doing cataract surgery every Monday to pay for his aviating! He also logs 40-50 miles on his bike on an average day of bike riding! Mike has 2 teenage sons. Mike's instructor is Jayne.

Mike Wieckowski, First Solo June 10, 2010

Mike Wieckowski has been flying most of his life with his dad and has a good amount of time in a Sukhoi back home in Buffalo NY. Mike graduated from the University of Rochester where he met his wife Yana and got his Ph.D in electrical engineering prior to moving to Ann Arbor to do his post doctoral work at the University of Michigan. Other less important hobbies include indoor rock climbing, home improvement and cat herding (Mike & Yana are proud owners of three cats in their condo). Mike flies with Jayne. Mike and Yana are shown above enjoying their first flight together.

Nate Corrigan, First Solo June 4, 2010

Nate Corrigan, Manager of Corrigan Moving Systems, a business his grandfather started in 1929, flew unassisted in 333UM for the first time on June 4, 2010. Nate has been pushing the envelope since he started by taking the FAA written the week he joined the club and scoring 100% ! Nate's daughter is next; she can't wait to fly! Nate went to Notre Dame, graduated in 2003 with a degree in finance. He has worked in the family business ever since. Way to go, Nate! Nate's CFI is Jayne.

Jinping Nah, First Solo May 23, 2010

Congratulate Jinping Nah. She soloed for the first time on Sunday, May 23 in N222UM. Nah is a Michigan grad and a native of Singapore. Doug is her instructor.

Andy Fowler, First Solo May 18, 2010

On Tuesday, May 18, Andy Fowler took his first solo flight! Andy is a software developer in Ann Arbor, and one of Will's students.

Lynn Lau, First Solo May 12, 2010

Congratulate Lynn Lau. She soloed for the first time on Wednesday, May 12 in N222UM. Lynn is a graduate student and alum at Michigan. Doug is her instructor.

Yunyuan Tay, First Solo April 23, 2010

Congratulate Yunyuan Tay. He soloed for the first time on Friday, April 23 in N333UM. Yunyuan is a junior at Michigan in the Aerospace Engineering program. Doug is his instructor.

Mike Smith-Wheelock, First Solo April 11, 2010

Mike Smith-Wheelock has read biographies throughout his life about Aviation’s great heroes: Lindbergh, Yeager, Wright Bros, Astronauts like Jerry Linenger, Apollo by A. Bean, Skywalking by Thomas D Jones. Finally he decided to fulfill a lifetime goal of becoming a pilot himself! Mike’s first solo took place on April 11, 2010 when Jayne jumped out of the C-172 & he flew unassisted in the traffic pattern. He has flown with his buddy ENT Doc Alex Arts; now Mike can spin his own fate in N44316. Mike is a member of the teaching faculty of the Medical School and does surgeries Monday mornings in Ophthalmology at the Kellogg Center. Please don’t fly too low over the new Kellogg building or you’ll hit his corner office on the top floor. (Remember – how many ft over the tallest structure?) Congratulations on your first Solo, Mike!

Dave Antman, Private Pilot April 10, 2010

Dave Antman flew for the first time today, April 10th, 2010, as a newly minted private pilot. Forces created a break in a week's string of TTRS just long enough for Dave to ace his check ride. Congratulations! PRIVATE PILOT! Dave has his sights set next on an instrument rating and an airplane of his own, but first he has a new job to start in July, relocation to Connecticut, and a baby son arriving soon! Hopefully Dave will find some time in the future between his many adventures to come visit us back at KARB, and maybe squeeze in a simulated alternator failure with Jayne for old times' sake. All the best from your fellow Flyers & Jayne - great job today, Dave!

Sarah Williams, First Solo March 24, 2010

Sarah of the Grandpa-Red-Camero, flew unassisted for the first time March 24. Sarah majored in neuroscience, graduating from UM in 2008. She is now Manager of the Sarter Lab where she studies attention in neuro-psychiatric disorders with mice and rats. She occasionally succeeds in WOWng us at a gallery with a pretty amazing art project. Soon after she becomes a private pilot, she will either take a job with Servier (a pharmaceutical company) in France or head to Alaska this summer to hike, tramp through Denali, then get her float plane license there. Future travel will include joining a former roommate in Sierra Leone. Sarah flies with Jayne.

Scott Schaffer, First Solo March 6, 2010

Scott Schaffer flew without his instructor for the first time on Saturday March 6, 2010. Scott's instructor is Jayne. Congratulations Scott!

Scott Schaffer started flying at the Michigan Flyers in January and wishes he had moved over to us a long time ago! He loves the safety precautions, the great attitude about flying, the camaraderie that he sees at our club. He flew elsewhere and has checked out all other nearby learning organizations for aviation. The Michigan Flyers is his 'el primo' choice. A former Visteon Engineer, with a lot of enthusiasm toward assisting High School kids have an introduction to Robotics, he now works in his own business. He declares that someday he will build an affordable aircraft for the public to enjoy. Congratulations, Scott!!! You did a fabulous job today!

Alex Michel, Private Pilot March 5, 2010

Congratulations Alex. On Friday March 5, 2010 - Alex Michel became a private pilot. His instructor is Doug Kovach. Alex is visiting us from Germany and is also a glider pilot. His next project is N1377S.

Mike Froelich, First Solo December 17, 2009

Mike Froelich flew without his instructor for the first time on Thursday December 17, 2009. Mike's instructor is Will Lawler. Congratulations Mike!

Mike Wieckowski, First Solo December 5, 2009

Saturday December 5th, 2009, Mike flew unassisted in 3UM. Mike is a research fellow, PhD in Electrical engineering and computer science in the UM College of Engineering. He has been in airplanes with family members for years, especially spinning toward earth with his dad in his aerobatic Sukhoi. Mike flies with Jayne.

Hunter Brown, Private Pilot November 10, 2009

Hunter Brown is a Private Pilot. Jayne is his instructor, but he no longer needs her permission to fly ! He received his license Tuesday, November 10. Hunter works in the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He's also working toward his PhD in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering at UM. His research interests include autonomous robotics, machine vision, wearable computing, and computational geometry. Hunter has avidly flown all summer while juggling various Alaska trips demo'ing his special pet marine robot. He plays trumpet and more recently banjo

David Antman, First Solo November 4, 2009

David Antman soloed for the first time on Wednesday November 4. Jayne is his instructor. David is an MD at St. Joseph’s Hospital, he's specializing in emergency medicine and hopes to finish this phase of his medical training in 2010. His interests include mountain climbing, skiing, as well as aviating! On a free evening you might see Dave & his friend Mike Wieckowski, (also a club member) at Planet Rock on Jackson Road for indoor rock climbing. Congratulations, Dave!

Matt Bennett, Private Pilot September 22, 2009

Matt Bennett was awarded his Private Pilot's license on September 22. Matt is a student at UM in Aerospace Engineering. He joined the Flyers in May and flew with Doug Kovach. Besides flying, Matt enjoys riding motorcycles, skydiving, running, road/mountain biking, snowboarding, and writing/performing music. He plays guitar, bass, drums, piano & the organ. Matt will graduate this year to pursue a career in spacecraft systems engineering or space mission operations. He plans to work toward more pilot ratings and fly as many airplanes as he can!

Alex Michel, First Solo July 21, 2009

On Tuesday, July 21, Alex Michel flew without his instructor - Doug Kovach for the first time. In addition to being a glider pilot - he is now a real aviator!.

Scott Trip, First Solo May 6, 2009

On Wednesday, May 6, Scott Trip flew without his instructor - Will Lawler.

Hunter Brown, First Solo April 17, 2009

On Friday, April 17, Hunter Brown flew without his instructor - Jayne.

Dr. Gavin Clarkson, First Solo April 12, 2009

On Sunday, April 12, Gavin Clarkson flew solo for the first time. His instructor is Dane Hansen.

Bruce Ferns, First Solo March 12, 2009

On Thursday, March 12, Bruce Ferns flew without his instructor - Will Lawler. This was a first for Will too !

Mike Lopez, Private Pilot January 27, 2009

On Tuesday January 27, 2009, Mike Lopez received his Private Pilot License. Mike's instructors include Macey Ang and Doug Kovach. Dave Fraser was Mike's FAA Examiner.

Harry Crespy, Instrument Pilot January 3, 2009

On Saturday January 3, 2009, Harry Crespy got permission to fly through clouds. His current instructor is Doug Kovach. Bill Clark - Harry's FAA Examiner is pictured on the right.