Friday photo: Justin Roy Commercial Pilot



The moment: Commercial pilot checkride

The pilot: Justin Roy (right) with instructor Erik Trogdon

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

The aircraft: Cessna 172

The memory: It has always been a dream of mine to one day be able to work as a pilot. Although I may have postponed that dream, waiting until I was in my thirties to begin flying, earning my Commercial Pilot certification has placed that dream within my reach.


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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.