Recent Milestones at CY Aviation

Brandon Schmidt

Brandon Schmidt

Date: January 23, 2013

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Archer

Achievement: Earned his Private Pilot's certificate.
Brandon earned his license after just 40 hours of instruction!

Brandon Schmidt

Brandon Schmidt

Date: November 17, 2012

Aircraft: Cessna 172

Achievement: First solo flight in the 172.

Sean Morrissey

Sean Morrissey

Date: July 12, 2012

Aircraft: Cessna 172

Achievement: First solo flight in the 172.


Dave Tolsdorf

Dave Tolsdorf 2

Date: July 10, 2012

Achievement: Earned his Instrument rating.
Dave obtained his Private Pilot's certificate in 2010. He farms near Ogden.


Nic Rupiper

Nic Rupiper

Date: May 22, 2012

Aircraft: 7AC Aeronca Champ

Achievement: Completed checkout in the Champ.
In his day job, Nic flies the Dassault Falcon 50 business jet as a corporate pilot.


Lee McNair

Lee McNair

Date: November 7, 2011

Aircraft: 7AC Aeronca Champ

Achievement: Solo flight.
A 50-year-long goal realized!


Three Amigos

Three Amigos

Date: March 18, 2011

Aircraft: Cessna 172

Achievement: Solo flight
(left to right in photo) Instructor: Connie Younger (about to have heart attack)
Proud father: Allen Darrow
Son: David Darrow, who just finished solo flight!


Andy Vespestad

Andy Vespestad

Date: November 15, 2010

Aircraft: 7AC Aeronca Champ

Achievement: First solo flight. Andy is a graduate of ISU in electrical engineering and works for the Allen Bradley corporation. He resides in Alleman with his wife, Deanne, and their two children. Andy also recently joined the Boone Area Pilots Association.


Galen Adams

Galen Adams

Date: July 24, 2010

Achievement: Earned his Private Pilot's certificate.


Ben Stanberg

Date: July 16, 2010

Achievement: Earned his Sport Pilot's certificate.


Allen Darrow

Allen Darrow

Date: July 15, 2010

Achievement: Earned his Private Pilot's certificate.


Dave Tolsdorf

Dave Tolsdorf

Date: July 15, 2010

Achievement: Passed the Private Pilot checkride.


James Holz

Date: July 1, 2010

Aircraft: C-172 Cessna Skyhawk

Achievement: First solo flight.


Ben Stanberg

Date: June 7, 2010

Aircraft: 7AC Aeronca Champ

Achievement: First solo flight.


Dave Tolsdorf

Dave Tolsdorf

Date: April 11, 2010

Aircraft: C-172 Cessna Skyhawk

Achievement: First solo flight. Dave lives near Ogden, where he helps farm over 7,000 acres. He is a natural when it comes to operating machinery.


Galen Adams

Galen Adams

Date: March 29, 2010

Aircraft: C-172 Cessna Skyhawk

Achievement: First solo flight. Galen is from Nevada, IA and is working on his Private Pilot's license.


Mike Vogt

Mike Vogt

Date: December 18, 2009

Aircraft: 7AC Aeronca Champ

Achievement: Earned Sport Pilot License. He is shown here with Designated Pilot Examiner Lowell Weir, and Connie. Congratulations!


Don Shearer

Don Shearer

Date: July 18, 2009

Aircraft: 7AC Aeronca Champ

Achievement: Completed biennial flight review and annual inspection of his 1946 Champ. Don is back in the cockpit, after not having flown since April 2003. Previously, Don earned his license at CY Aviation. He lives near Luther.


Mike Vogt

Mike Vogt

Date: July 11, 2009

Aircraft: 7AC Aeronca Champ

Achievement: First solo flight. Mike is aiming for a Sport Pilot's license. When not flying, Mike is curator of the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge.


Allen Darrow

Allen Darrow

Date: July 11, 2009

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Archer

Achievement: First solo flight. Allen owns a 2008 Champ, and is going for his private pilot's license. He lives near Guthrie Center.


Craig Freeman

Craig Freeman

Date: June 27, 2009

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Archer

Achievement: Passed his checkride, after a mere 42 hours of flying time!! Craig started in the Champ and then switched to the Archer. He is the Director of Radiology at Boone County Hospital.