Student Milestones

Here are a few of our students enjoying their accomplishments made possible by the dedication and hard work of the students and instructors at NAI.

Al Les

Al Les made his first solo flight on January 16th. Jennifer akey is his instructor.

Celso Lopez

Celso Lopez made his first solo January 8th. Jennifer Akey is his instructor.

Barbie

Barbie of Malibu, CA added her multi-engine and a type rating in the BRB-JET at the Northampton Airport on Dec 16th. Congratulating Barbie is DPE Chris “Ken” Hand. Her instructor is Dave Strassburg. After spending many years riding in the back of the jet, Barbie decided it was time to [...]

Todd Ondrick

Todd Ondrick earned his Private Pilot license on December 15th. Kip Williams is his instructor.

Fred Hanna

Fred Hanna of Madison, CT added an instrument-airplane rating to his commercial pilot certificate on 12/15. Dave Strassburg is his instructor. You may recognize from a recent photo announcing that Fred just added his commercial multi-engine rating, also at the Northampton airport. His next step is off to school in [...]

Brad Westura

Brad Westura of Old Town, ME added a multi-engine rating to his commercial pilot certificate on Dec 9th. Dave Strassburg is his instructor. Brad comes to us from Bridgewater State University where he works as a CFI, along with several of our other recent accelerated multi-engine trainees. Dave said he’s [...]

Aviraj Basnet

Aviraj Basnet of Chicopee, MA added a multi-engine rating to his commercial pilot certificate. Dave Strassburg is his instructor. Aviraj is himself an instructor at the Robinson Airport in Plainville,CT. Or maybe it should be spelled Planeville? Congrats Aviraj! Thanks for choosing us to help you reach your goal.

Tyler Harrington

Congrats to Tyler Harrington of Bridgewater, MA who passed his multi-engine checkride on Dec 4th. Dave Strassburg is his instructor. Tyler is a CFI at Bridgewater State University who chose to make the daily drive out to Western Mass to train at the Northampton Airport. He plans to come back [...]

Pavel Tugarin

Pavel Tugarin of Revere, MA added a multi-engine rating to his commercial pilot certificate on Dec 4th. Dave Strassburg is his instructor. Pavel is full-time CFI working at the Beverly Airport.  Pavel was a computer programmer now making the transition later in his career to aviation. It’s great to be [...]

Will Ericsson

Congrats to new commercial multi-engine pilot Will Ericsson of Worcester, MA for passing his checkride on Dec 4th. Dave Strassburg is his instructor.  Will is a CFI at Bridgewater State University who flies just as sharp as he dresses. We’ve had a really talented group of CFIs come train with [...]

Colin O’Sullivan

Colin O’Sullivan of Jacksonville, FL added a multi-engine rating to his commercial pilot certificate on Dec 3rd. Colin is a graduate of Embry-Riddle and currently serves in the US Air Force. Thanks Colin for your service! We’re honored Colin chose to travel to Massachusetts…in December….for his training. Dave Strassburg [...]

Amy Fielding made her first solo flight on December 1st. Jason Roath is her instructor.

Damian Bouchard made his 1st solo on Wednesday November 24th. Bob Beede is his instructor.

Aidan Bartos

Congrats to NAI CFI Aidan Bartos who passed his Multi-Engine Instructor Checkride on 11/24. Aidan has been pretty busy lately. This was his 4th checkride in the last 4 months. Dave Strassburg is his instructor. His very tired instructor……

Marty Ambrose

Marty Ambrose made his first solo flight on November 11th. Jason Roath is his instructor.

Tom Mennella

Tom Mennella made his first solo flight on November 17th. Adam Riggen is his instructor.

Aidan Bartos

Northampton Airport flight instructor Aidan Bartos passed his Instrument Instructor checkride on 11/10. Dave Strassburg is his instructor. Dave gave Aidan his first airplane ride and lesson back in July 2017. Now they are colleagues. Everyone is very proud, especially Aunt Stephie.

Alan Marcos

Alan Marcos of Grafton, MA added a multi-engine rating to his commercial pilot certificate on 11/11. Dave Strassburg is his instructor. Congrats Alan! Thanks for choosing to drive all the way from Boston to train at the Northampton Airport!

Fred Hanna

EXTRA, EXTRA!! Another successful checkride at the Northampton Airport! Fred Hanna of Madison, CT added a commercial airplane multi-engine land rating on 11/11. Dave Strassburg is his instructor and is proudly announcing the news to everyone within several nautical miles. Fred is originally from Ireland ☘️🇮🇪 but there was no [...]

Karl Boehm

Karl Boehm of East Granby, CT added a multi-engine rating to his commercial pilot certificate on 11/9. Dave Strassburg, his instructor, says “Karl is amazingly talented pilot who could fly any aircraft or the box it came in”. Karl and Dave are good friends and spend countless hours flying around [...]

Kim Barwick

Kim Barwick of New Jersey earned her Kimmercial Airplane Multi-Engine Rating on 11/6. Dave Strassburg is her instructor. Kim is already an highly-accomplished, barrier-busting corporate helicopter pilot for IBM and volunteer mentor for young women interested in aviation. When her company asked her to add her advanced airplane ratings to [...]

Will Sytsma

Will Sytsma earned his Private Pilot License on November 7th. Bob Beede is his instructor.

Kara Muro

Kara Muro visited us from Maryland and earned her Commercial Multi-Engine Rating on Nov 6th. Dave Strassburg was her instructor. He was not surprised that she was successful but boy was he was excited.

Amelia Marceau

Amelia Marceau made her first solo flight on November 6th. Jenn Hoare is her instructor.