Friday photo: first solo Dallas Padgitt



The moment: First solo

The pilot: Dallas Padgitt

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

The aircraft: Cessna 172

The memory: At first I was incredibly nervous to fly alone, but as soon as I was in the air, everything seemed normal. I really liked flying without my instructor.


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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.