Friday photo: Michelle Abruzzese first flight lesson



The moment: first flight lesson

The pilot: Michelle Abruzzese

The place: Chatham Municipal Airport (KCQX), Chatham, MA

The aircraft: C172

The memory: taken moments before my flight instructor, Bob Streckle, boards the 172 at KCQX for my first flight lesson at age 14. Not quite my first solo or checkride, but my desire is to encourage more youth and women to fly.


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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.