Friday photo: first flight after 23 years in the US Air Force

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The moment: First flight after 23 year in the US Air Force

The pilot: Eric Krouse (left) with instructor and friend Andrew

The place: Gwinnett County Airport – Briscoe Field, (KLZU), Lawrenceville, GA.

The aircraft: C172

The memory: I have spent 6 years in the US Army and an additional 23 years in the US Air Force, retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant. My years have been spent in and around air bases world-wide, installing airfield systems and radar systems so our great pilots can do their job.  I am now embarking on my Private Pilot License.  My hope is to become an instructor one day and to continue serving Airman.

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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.