Friday photo: Granddaughter, Paris Jones, first solo

The moment: Granddaughter’s first solo

The pilot: Paris Jones

The place: Sumner County Regional Airport (KXNX), Gallatin, TN

The aircraft: Piper Archer II (PA28-181)

The memory: Our oldest grandchild, Paris Jones, soloed on January 18th, 2019 at Sumner County Regional Airport in Gallatin, TN, just outside of Nashville. She began her lessons last summer, and her current goal is to attain her Private Pilot’s License before her 18th birthday in April. Her instructor is Steve Stryker. She plans on attending Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY this fall in their Professional Flight Program. Her long-term goal is to be an airline pilot, beginning her career just as I’m ending mine.

After 40 years at American Airlines I’m excited that so many young adults like Paris are discovering aviation as a career again. For a long time it wasn’t this way, and the efforts of organizations like Sporty’s, AOPA, EAA and others is having a positive effect. No word can describe how happy and proud of her we are. – Mike Haraseviat

 

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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.