Flying Lessons: Flight Instruction in Concord, Ca (Buchanan Field)
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First Solo
Vincent Salimi
June 2014
Private Pilot
Daniel Fernandez
August 2012
First Solo
Luke Leisy
July 2012
Private Pilot
Richard Hanrahan
Yes, my kid.
First Solo
Satish Veda
in the Remos GX
Runways 32R and 32L at Concord
First Solo
Mike Strange
Remos GX, after only about 8 hours of instruction (plus many years of flying with his father)
Runway 19L at Concord

First Solo
Morgan Gilhuly
Cirrus SR20, after about 17 hours of instruction
Runway 32R at Concord

First Solo
Mike "Moose" Moustakas
Cessna 172
Wind from 330 at 10 kts - Runways 32R and 32L at Concord

First Solo
Brett Young
Brett Young - first solo in Tecnam Bravo, after only 12 hours of instruction.

Private Pilot
Blake Pelletier
Blake Pelletier - passed his private pilot checkride on the first attempt, after less than 60 hours of training in the Cirrus SR20.

Private Pilot
(First solo photos)

At the age of 42 I decided it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream. From my intro ride through getting my Private Pilots license, Kevin made sure every minute in the cockpit was money well spent. He was attentive to my needs as a student and allowed for experimentation. We switched from a Cessna 172 to a Piper Cherokee at my request, and I also got to fly the Cirrus SR-20. In certain areas I requested more than just the required tasks and Kevin delivered. We flew actual instrument conditions as well as performing instrument approaches in addition to the minimum requirements for a Private Pilot.

My work schedule can get erratic and Kevin's flexibility accommodated this. I was able to pass my Private Checkride in a timely and cost efficient manner, while also receiving the knowledge and skill to be a safe pilot. Having an instructor who is knowledgeable, dedicated, and loves to teach others to fly is a tremendous asset for any student. I was extremely fortunate in having Kevin as my CFI.

Thanks Kevin!!!

Bill Hebert

Commercial Pilot
Dear Kevin,
I would like to take this time to thank you for your knowledge and your patience. Special thanks for your intense focus on my goal, to complete the Commercial Airplane Single Engine Land Curriculum and checkride in the timeframe I allotted. I know many instructors wouldn't have given such devotion. I remain impressed with your professionalism, and aviation knowledge.

Thank You.

Kent Boettcher

Spin Endorsement
Before taking off for the training, Kevin made sure every minute in the cockpit would be of value. He quelled my worries on spins on the ground, gave me an excellent demo in the air, and gave clear explanations as to where I could improve the maneuvers in flight, all while keeping the flying fun. He has earned my highest recommendation!

Christopher Freeze