Leighnor Aircraft Success Stories

The "tagline" of Leighnor Aircraft  is "Accomplish More - Fly with Leighnor".  Our company helps pilots write their own personal success stories by providing affordable, clean and well maintained rental aircraft.  Flight Instructors that are authorized to instruct in our aircraft aren't just building time, they are committed to helping pilots succeed. Because of this focus on the student pilot, our pilots efficiently accomplish their goals.

Leighnor Aircraft is very proud and humbled to be a part of these pilot's own personal success stories in their aviation endeavors.

To  start writing your own personal success story, see the Getting Started page.

First Solo

Evan Ruonavaara

Evan Ruonavaara

February 2020

We have another student pilot celebration! Evan Ruonavaara has reached that first milestone that is every student pilot's first goal - first solo! Evan is working with flight instructor Ed Kalabus and has reached his goal quickly in our program! Evan is pictured here with N7027F after his solo flight.

First Solo

Axel Bodnar

Axel Bodnar

February 2020

We have a huge step for a student pilot to celebrate - first solo! Axel Bodnar did his first solo at Cottonwood Airport in N7027F on 2/07/2020. Axel is working with flight instructor John Johnson.

Private Pilot Certificate

Nathan Kress

Nathan Kress

February 2020

Nathan Kress is our first new Private Pilot certificate of 2020!

Nathan is pictured here with N60594 after his check ride. Nathan is working with flight instructor Ed Kalabus.

First Solo

Mike Aguilar First Solo

Mike Aguilar

January 2020

Mike Aguilar is our first celebration of 2020 and on his birthday no less! Mike is a project manager for the government and lives and works in one of the most beautiful parks in the US, the Grand Canyon!

Mike is pictured here in N7027F during his first solo flight at Cottonwood. Mike is working with flight instructor Ed Kalabus.

First Solo

Jim Slaughter

Jim Slaughter

December 2019

Jim Slaughter has gotten to his first solo flight. Jim is an A&P that works for Embry-Riddle and has been working on his solo work with flight instructor Ed Kalabus.

Jim and Ed are pictured below next to N60594 which Jim flew.

First Solo

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Olga Yanzhula

August 2019

Olga just completed her first solo in N7027F.

Olga is working with flight instructor Ed Kalabus .

Private Pilot Certificate

Daniel Gallagher - new private pilot

Daniel Gallagher

June 2019

Daniel just completed his Private Pilot certificate in N60594.

Daniel is working with flight instructor Scott Bragg and will be pursuing a flying career at UND, which is one of the nation's premier aviation schools.

First Solo

Patric Barbatos

Patric Barbatos

May 2019

Patric just completed his first solo in N60594.

Patric is working with flight instructor Ed Kalabus.

First Solo

Jonathan Weiser - First Solo

Jonathan Weiser

February 2019

Jonathan is an engineering student at Embry-Riddle and just completed his first solo in N60594.

Jonathan is working with flight instructor Scott Bragg. In addition to undertaking a Private Pilot certificate, Jonathan also just soloed recently over at the glider port in gliders.

 

Private Pilot Certificate

Alan Mayer - New Private Pilot

Alan Mayer

February 2019

Alan is a retired engineer that achieved a life-long goal in getting his license. Congratulations Alan, we know how hard you worked to get this certificate!

Pictured with Alan is flight instructor Scott Bragg outside the hanger with N60594 in the background.

Flight Instructor Certificate

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Scott Bragg

November 2018

Scott has been very busy - the same rules change also allowed Flight Instructor check rides in an LSA. Scott earned his Flight Instructor's  Certificate working with flight instructor Ed Kalabus.

Scott is a senior engineering student at Embry-Riddle and a glider instructor at the glider port.

Commercial Pilot Certificate

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Scott Bragg

October 2018

Scott has also taken advantage of the recent FAA rules change which allows Commercial Pilot maneuvers and check ride in a non-complex aircraft. Scott earned his Commercial Pilot's Certificate working with flight instructor Ed Kalabus.

Scott is a senior engineering student at Embry-Riddle and a glider instructor at the glider port.

Commercial Pilot Certificate

Abner's Success Story

Abner Cassidy

July 2018

Abner has taken advantage of the recent FAA rules change which allows Commercial Pilot maneuvers and check ride in a non-complex aircraft. Abner earned his Commercial Pilot's Certificate working with flight instructor Ed Kalabus.

Abner is a member of the Yavapai  County Sheriff's Air Group.

Private Pilot Certificate

Markese's success story

Markese Buckholtz

November 2017

Markese is the very first pilot to earn a certificate in one of our Cessna Skycatchers. He had started his aviation training as  part of Embry-Riddle's ROTC cadre and finished his training flying the Skycatcher and working with flight instructor Ed Kalabus.