Friday photo: Shane Meenach private pilot checkride


The moment: Private pilot checkride

The pilot: Shane Meenach (right) with instructor John Dreyer

The place: Clermont County Airport (I69), Batavia, OH

The aircraft: Cessna 172

The memory: Earning my Private Pilot Certificate has been a rewarding experience. I’m looking forward to the adventures the certificate will allow me to enjoy along the way as I work towards my instrument rating.


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It was his first airplane trip at age seven that made Eric decide to become a pilot. "While boarding the airplane, a flight attendant noticed my interest in the flight deck and urged me to go talk to the pilot. I give a lot of credit to that pilot for my career choice." He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career. Eric now heads Sporty’s flight school and directs the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training Program. In addition, Eric serves as a Captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department.