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2010 Year In Review

By Paul Hesse (December 2010)
As the year comes to a close I want to thank everyone for their ongoing support of the flight school and again congratulate those that made incredible achievements in 2010. Over the past 12 months we ...
  • Settled into our new home at the Henderson Oxford Airport (KHNZ)
  • Added a twin engine PA-23 Piper Apache Geronimo to the flight line
  • Started offering multi-engine and complex aircraft training
  • Taught 3 private pilot ground schools with 23 students
  • Conducted 16 biennial flight reviews (BFRs)
  • Hosted an open house and gave over 87 rides on International Learn To Fly Day to promote general aviation and the Henderson Oxford Airport
During the year we proudly watched as 16 students made their first solo flights ...
    Learn To Fly Day

    International Learn To Fly Day: May 15 2010

  • Mark Littler (01/15/10)
  • Gary Shipley (02/12/10)
  • David Delfassy (03/25/10)
  • David Yi (03/25/10)
  • Jesse Lawrence (04/01/10)
  • Kevin Barbee (05/06/10)
  • Vickie Barbee (05/06/10)
  • Celeste Jackson (05/25/10)
  • Mike Armour (05/27/10)
  • David Clarke (06/29/10)
  • Daniel Hartman (07/31/10)
  • Mitch Plyler (07/31/10)
  • Marc Schoppe (11/11/10)
  • Thad Roupas (12/22/10)
  • Mike Wright (12/30/10)
  • Kent Sholar (12/31/10)
... and saw 11 candidates through successful check rides:

    The runway at HNZ covered in snow 12/26/10

  • Ralph Dodds (01/15/10)
  • Zach Daniels (03/18/10)
  • Chris Barger (04/29/10)
  • Mike Armour (06/21/10)
  • David Yi (06/30/10)
  • Marco Carranza (07/15/10)
  • Chris Sebley (09/01/10)
  • Gary Shipley (09/14/10)
  • Byron Pruitt (10/22/10)
  • Juli Valtschanoff (11/12/10 - IFR)
  • David Delfassy (12/10/10)
In-between we made a trip to OshKosh in the Apache, kept up with ongoing maintenance (can't run a flight school without it), welcomed "sparky the spark plug" dog to the family, and even raised a couple of award winning chickens! It was a good year. See you in 2011 - Paul Hesse Empire Aviation