Friday Photo: Private Pilot


Friday Photo is a new installment to share those special moments capturing first solos, checkrides or other special memories. Please send your achievements to using the format below and be featured in an upcoming edition.

We’re pleased to feature Natalie Kelley for the inaugural moment. After earning her Private pilot certification, Natalie was inspired to create the Fly Girl Aviation Scholarship – a $5,000 award to help another pursue her dream of learning to fly. Learn more at Ed.

The moment: Private Pilot Checkride

The pilot: Natalie Kelley (right)

The place: Clermont County Airport (I69)

The aircraft: C172R

The instructor: Ken Kostolich

The memory: “This was a moment I had been waiting for since I was 8 years old.  This achievement proved to me that I actually could do anything if I set my mind to it.  I was smart enough.  I was capable.  The only thing I needed was time and determination.”


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Natalie Kelley is a private pilot, currently working on her instrument rating. She is passionate about encouraging other women to pursue aviation as a hobby or career. She is the CEO of flyGIRL, LLC and Fly Foundation, Inc., which are dedicated to inspiring others through her website, blogs, personal travel photos, videos, retail products and annual scholarship for females. She is constantly pursuing her dreams. She loves to share her life lessons with others in the hopes of helping women find their passion and the initiative to pursue their purpose. She is a wife, mom and philanthropist currently living in the Cincinnati area.