Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cub Solo

Tyler soloed the Cub tonight. Sweet landings Tyler!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Magic of First Flight

I've shared this video before but I can't stop watching it.  It's guaranteed to make you smile.

If you've never flown in a small aircraft on a beautiful day you NEED to put it on your bucket list.  Then, when you're ready to cross it off, give me a call . . .  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

New Private Pilot

Congratulations to Craig Thomes
Craig passed his PPL checkride at PEA last Saturday

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Private Pilot

Congratulations to Dave Lewis
Dave passed his PPL checkride last Tuesday

Monday, October 14, 2013

New Private Pilot

Adin Sehic passed his PPL checkride last Thursday.  Congratulation Adin! 

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Solo

Brian Stockton soloed the DSMFC Archer Monday evening on what had 
to be the hottest night this year; I swear it was a hundred degrees! 

Congratulations Brian . . .


Congratulations to Eric Reese, Des Moines Flying Club's newest Flight Instructor.

Hawkeye Flyers Tailwheel Club - New Member

Congratulations to Tom Drew 

Tom earned his tailwheel endorsement Sunday. 

We did it in my favorite Decathlon . . .

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Pilot

Alex Ritter passed his PPL check-ride today. Alex attends Moody Bible College in Spokane, Washington and finished up his training while he was home for the summer. His goal is to become a missionary pilot. He's heading back to school tomorrow with a Private Pilot certificate in his pocket. 

Congratulations Alex!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Another Solo

John Skinner soloed the Taylorcraft at Osceola (I75) yesterday.  Congratulations John . . .

Monday, July 29, 2013


Jesse Jones soloed the Taylorcraft at Osceola Sunday. And, he did it with the doors off!  Get this, there were six Taylorcraft in the air at I75 last Sunday evening. I'll bet there's not another airport in America that can say that. Congratulations Jesse . . .

Saturday, July 20, 2013

New Member in the Tailwheel Club

Congratulations to Eric Humphrey the newest member of the Hawkeye Flyers tailwheel club.  Eric qualified for his tailwheel endorsement today.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy Birthday Tyler

It's Tyler's Birthday and Andrea surprised him with an intro ride. What a great girlfriend!

Do you know someone who has a birthday or anniversary? Or someone who has always wanted to learn how to fly. An intro ride makes a great gift. Call me and set something up.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Private Pilot

Congratulations to Robert Gray. Robert passed his Private Pilot checkride Saturday and he did it with some pretty challenging weather conditions. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Tailwheel Pilot

Congratulations to Matt Bednar! Matt has mastered the Citabria and is now qualified in tailwheel aircraft. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

First Solo

Craig Thomes soloed @ DSM tonight. Congratulations Craig . . .

Sunday, May 26, 2013

New IFR Pilot

Stuart Rauh passed his IFR checkride Friday and he did it
with the wind gusting to 30 knots. Stuart's a good stick. 
Our biggest challenge was making sure he had the required 
40 hours before he went to the checkride. Congratulations 
Stuart . . .

Monday, April 29, 2013

First Solo

Adin Sehic soloed the Cherokee 140 today. Congrats Adin!

Monday, April 8, 2013

First Lesson

Teri Jungblut had a fantastic first lesson today. She did a great job and she is still smiling!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dave's First Solo

Dave Lewis soloed the SR22 at OXV today and his landings were perfect! 

Check out the video . . .

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Go Tyler!

A former student contacted me last week with some news.  I've pasted a photo and clip from the email below. 

Anyways, thought I would check in and let you know where I'm at and what I'm doing. I'm commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the USAF down in Pensacola, Florida, in flight school.  We're training on the T6 Texan II.  It's an 1,100hp turbo prop powered aircraft. Here is a picture of my class. I'm the 5th one from the right. 

Hope all is well back home and congratulations on your retirement!

Congratulations Tyler. Give em hell and keep me posted . . . 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

First Lesson

Craig Thomes flew his first lesson today. Congrats to Craig . . .

Monday, March 18, 2013

New IFR Pilot . . .

Belated congratulations to Barb Broderick. Barb pass her IFR check-ride recently and I finally got a picture. Get this, she did it without a GPS or autopilot! The next time I hear you guys complaining about how hard it is I'm going to ask Barb to show you how it's done . . .

Saturday, March 16, 2013

First Flight

Andrew Cleveringa took his first lesson today. Great job Andrew . . .

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fly the Citabria!

Is it time for a flight review?  How about adding a tailwheel endorsement while your at it?

This beautiful aircraft is available for dual instruction.  It makes a perfect birthday or anniversary present and gift certificates are available.  Contact me now and let's take the Citabria for a "SPIN"!

Details available at:

Have you ever wondered where they got the name CItabria?

It's "AIRBATIC" backwards.

Monday, March 4, 2013

New IFR Pilot . . .

Matt Bednar passed his IFR checkride last Saturday.  Congratulations Matt!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Robert Solos 74K

Robert Gray soloed Archer 74K today!

1st Solo . . .

"Non-flyers will never understand the wonderful sensation a new student pilot feels upon achieving lift for the very first time . . . SOLO! At that precise moment when your landing gear breaks free from the crust of this troubled planet, a pilot's soul begins to soar. And when your wings win their battle with gravity and the houses get smaller, it is then that we can proudly state that as members of a most elite family of licensed aviators, we are the luckiest SOBs on the face of the Earth" - Av8rdan, 11 December, 2005

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

1st Solo

Christopher Austin soloed the Decathlon!

Congratulations Chris!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

New Tailwheel Pilot

Craig Davidson has qualified for a tailwheel endorsement and is now a member of the tailwheel club.

Check out that nice Cessna 120 he's leaning on. The polished prop really sets it off.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

New Multi-Engine Instructor

Guess who passed the MEI checkride?

Big thanks to Larry and Shane at PEA!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cross Country

Chris Austin completed his first dual cross-country to Blakesburg Antique Airfield Saturday. It was a tricky landing at IA27. Uphill with winds gusting to 27kts. Nice job Chris!

1st Solo!

Alex Ritter soloed the 172 at IKV last Wednesday. I told him "let me out and and go do two or three on your own". I think I counted five. I thought I was going to have to fly up and get him down ;-).

Alex also graduated from Urbandale High School this week.  Not a bad week!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

New IFR Pilot

Al Hummel passed his Instrument checkride on Tuesday April 24th.
Congratulations Al!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Light Sport Training

Are you interested in training in or flying a light sport aircraft? Clear Skies Flying Club has a beautiful CTLS available. Call me for details.

First Lesson

Brock B takes his first lesson. Brock is a powered parachute pilot and has decided to add a fixed wing rating.

Friday, November 4, 2011

1st solo!

Eric R. soloed the 140 today. Good job Eric .  .  .

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tyler E. soloed 17S tonight. I figure when he can land the airplane better than I can it's time for me to get out.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Nash Field Potluck and Fly-in is this Saturday, October 15th

The fly-in has been expanded to include the noon meal as
well as the evening meal. Grills will be hot at both times.

Picnic tables and grills will be set up in Alan's hangar and
Kelly and Alan will making ice cream.  Bring something to
grill, something to sit on and a dish to share with other air
minded folks.

The runway is in great shape and we have plenty of space
to park your aircraft. Come fly all day and enjoy the excellent
weather we have on order.

Radios are optional but CTAF is 122.7.

Help us spread the word. Tell your friends to fly in also.

Take care . . .     Rick G.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Skybolt Project

This is John Nelson's Skybolt project. John started building in 1974 and is nearing completion. Stop by Nash Filed (IA66) next Saturday and help us hang the wings.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Geoff T. Completes Solo Cross-Country

Navigating across Iowa in a small plane is no big deal for Geoff. Check out his blog @ You can read about his adventure riding a motorcycle from Iowa to the tip of South America.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New IFR Pilot

Marty H. passed his IFR checkride Friday. Congrats Marty . . .