Friday photo: Tasha Farmer first solo


The moment: My wife’s first solo

The pilot: Tasha Farmer

The place: Livingston County, Spencer J. Harvey Field (KOZW), Howell, MI

The aircraft: Diamond DA-20

The memory: On Thursday, February 28, my wife flew her first solo under the instruction of “Captain” Ron Megisi of Crosswinds Aviation. Aviation is a recent interest of Tasha. It has been a lifelong dream of mine and she has joined me in pursuit of our private pilot licenses.

I soloed just a couple of days earlier on February 26th. We are both working to complete our licenses by early summer. Our study of aviation has sparked interest in two of our children. Our youngest, 12 year old Oliver, has become a Young Eagle and is dreaming of one day earning his wings too! Tasha is having a blast and would like to one day be a helicopter pilot. Very proud of you sweetie!


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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.