Friday photo: Richard Pember private pilot checkride


The moment: Private pilot checkride

The pilot: Richard Pember (right)

The place: Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport (KJVL), Janesville, WI

The aircraft: C172S

The memory: I’ve wanted to fly since I was a little boy, but a career, family and starting my own business delayed it until my late 40’s.  Thanks to a handful of flight instructors and Elevation Air in Janesville I finally did it and it’s every bit as cool as I always thought it would be!

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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.