Eclipse Flight 2017

Now where is that eclipse?

Club member Paul Meehl recently ventured to Beatrice, NE (KBIE) on the morning of 08/21/2017 to witness the solar eclipse.

(photo by Ken Boie)

(photo by Ken Boie)

(photo by Ken Boie)








The weatherman threw a couple of curves at Paul, both on the way down and back, but with an instrument rating and a healthy respect for Mother Nature, he made it safely back and shared some photos that were taken by passenger/photographer Ken Boie.

Airventure 2017 Trip in N8432L

Member Aaron Baruch flew 32L to Oshkosh for Airventure 2017. This was his first time flying-in to Oshkosh and it took careful weight & balance planning, fuel management and weather planning. Also along as passengers were his father and Mark Jaeger. Nice job captain!

On crosswind for runway 18

Aaron, his dad and Mark

Camping in the vintage area near some other really cool planes since N8432L is a 1968 and is classified as a “vintage”

First Solo for Ryan Lind

Congratulations to Gopher Flying Club member Ryan Lind on his first solo!

Ryan after completing his first solo

Ryan Lind being congratulated by CFI Mark Jaeger after his first solo in N734HZ at Buffalo airport on Sunday July 23rd. Great accomplishment, way to go Ryan!



Another new Private Pilot @ Gopher Flying Club


Well done Matt!  Congrats!







Matt Payne being congratulated by CFI Mark Jaeger after passing his Private Pilot practical on July 20th.

Matt did a great job despite the added pressure of having an FAA observer on board the plane who was “observing” how the DPE examiner did.

The extra weight of a 3rd person in the back seat and associated CG change added an additional challenge.

Matt with his new temp Private Pilot Certificate

First Solo for Richard Easton

Join me in congratulating Richard Easton who flew between weather events on 06/22/2017 to accomplish his first solo!

Well done sir!

Cutting of the shirttail by CFI Felix

CFI Felix congratulates Richard after his first solo

Alex Weinandt First Solo

Congratulations to Alex Wienandt on his first solo in 32L at Crystal airport on Wednesday, June 21st.

Great accomplishment, way to go Alex!

Alex is all smiles after 1st solo

CFI Jaeger congratulates Alex after his first solo

First Solo for Mickey Baker

CFI George Felix reports that on 6/19/2017, his student Mickey Baker completed his first solo at KMIC.

Well done Mickey!

CFI Felix and the cutting of the shirttail

Thumbs up from Mickey

N734HZ safely returns

CFI Felix and Mickey

New Private Pilot @ Gopher Flying Club








CFI George Felix has advised that congratulations are in order for Gopher Flying Club member John Shelerud.  John successfully completed his Private Pilot Checkride today with DPE Woody Minar @ KOEO.   It was less than one year ago during Airventure 2016 when two Gopher Club members (George Felix and Jeff Long) traveled out to the FISKE approach control facility and met John, who was working as an ATC Supervisor and expressed an interest in getting his pilot’s certificate.  Well done John!!