Introducing Friday Photo – share your special aviation moments


Friday Photo is a new installment to Sporty’s Student Pilot News for sharing those special moments capturing first solos, checkrides or other special memories. The aviation community wants to hear from you! Your triumphs are enriching and inspirational.

Please send your achievements to using the format below and be featured in an upcoming edition.

The moment:

The pilot:

The place:

The aircraft:

The instructor (if applicable):

The memory:

Our first Friday photo featured Natalie Kelly at the completion of her Private pilot checkride. Natalie remarked that “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.”

Want to share your “Friday Photo” of your solo or checkride moment? Send your photo and description (using the format above) to:

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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.