Friday photo: first solo Vedu Ruia

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The moment: First solo

The pilot: Vedu Ruia

The place: Peter O. Knight Airport (KTPF), Tampa, FL.

The aircraft: C172

The memory:This image is quite special to me because it was taken after my first solo, this was a moment of hope for me in both my flight training and my life. I could not believe how good it felt to finally fly the airplane alone, it’s a moment that I will never forget.

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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.