Friday photo: Kevin Fontes first solo

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The moment: First solo

The pilot: Kevin Fontes

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

The aircraft: Cessna 172 Skyhawk

The memory: A very enjoyable and memorable experience.  A wonderful feeling of accomplishment making the pursuit of a PPL worth while.  A special thanks to my flight instructor, Alex Bryant for his patience and professionalism.

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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.