Friday photo: Dave Meere first solo

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The moment: First solo

The pilot: Dave Meere (right)

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

The aircraft: C172N

The memory: Reaching the point of solo flight had been just out of reach for several years. Fortunately I discovered the University of Cincinnati program and the incredible staff which enabled me to complete my dream.  The elation and pride that I felt when landing into that beautiful sunset is indescribable!  Now on to finishing my PPL and many other ratings!

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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.