Friday photo: Rebecca Frechette first solo


The moment: First Solo

The pilot: Rebecca Frechette

The place: Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport (KOSC), Oscoda, MI

The aircraft: PA-28 180

The memory: I thought I was finishing a regular lesson as I pulled off the runway to taxi back to the hangars but my flight instructor told me he was getting out and he wanted me to take the airplane for a lap around the pattern. He gave me a thumbs up and said, “you got this!” This is one of those moments I’ll remember forever! My first solo. I’ve been dreaming about this moment for a long time.


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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.


  1. Congratulations on your solo. I also had my first solo over the last week in my Cessna 172F. What a thrill it was when my instructor got out and told me to take the aircraft up in the pattern for 3 touch and gos. My last was to be a left traffic from runway 14, and instead I was told to do a teardrop approach back to 32. What a great experience!

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