Friday photo: Brady Kannady first solo

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The moment: First solo

The pilot: Brady Kannady

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

The aircraft: Cessna 172 Skyhawk

The memory: The feeling of lifting off the ground and soaring upwards much faster than I had gotten used to was addicting. The quietness inside of the loud cockpit, the lighter feeling of the aircraft, and the rush of adrenaline knowing that there was nobody else there to save you are all a huge part of the immense thrill of solo flight. It’s a huge checkpoint and most certainly an unforgettable one while furthering my aviation career.

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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.

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