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Private Pilot Certificate

Jeremy Martinez

Jeremy is a student at Great Basin Aviation.

He received RTAG's Tom Pagnano Memorial Scholarship in March 2023 and became a Private Pilot on 5/1/23.

Private Pilot Certificate

Ethan Vincent

6/24/21

Recipient of Tom Pagnano Memorial Scholarship

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Tailwheel Endorsement

Matthew Yount

12/26/2020

Recipient of Tom Pagnano Memorial Scholarship

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Gone West

RTAG founding member, past president, and longtime director Bob Meurer passed away on November 13th, 2021.

Bob will be remembered for his amazing stories, hearty laughter, and his dedication to teaching the next generation of pilots. 

Bob's widow, Susan, has compiled a book about Bob's life. 

There is a limited quantity of these books available for $10 each. If you want a book, please click here. 

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Gone West

RTAG member Steve Katzmann passed away on July 23, 2021. Steve was a fellow aviator and a GA champion. He served as a Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Trustee and was an icon in our community.

Steve always remembered people's names and greeted everyone warmly. Steve will be greatly missed. 

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Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument

Trygve Inda, RTAG Director

1/17/23

Gone West

Dave Ruth, longtime local pilot and legend, passed away March 26, 2022. Dave served the Reno FSDO for many years as a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). In his 25,000-hour career, he flew 721 different “N-numbered" aircraft and certificated 1,543 pilots.

Click here to read a memorial written by a local pilot.

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Commercial Pilot Certificate

Ethan Gorden, 4/29/24

Recipient of 2022 Tom Pagnano Memorial Scholarship for Advanced Rating 

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Certified Flight Instructor

Collin Justis, 4/30/24

Collin has been awarded two RTAG Scholarships over the past ten years - one for Private & one for Tailwheel.

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