Friday photo: Seth Cooper Private pilot


The moment: Private pilot checkride

The pilot: Seth Cooper

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

The aircraft: C172

The memory: This is a monumental moment personally and professionally. It is one of the rare moments we get to experience in life when a dream actually becomes a reality. I look forward to many years of flying and being an active member of the aviation community.


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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.