Friday Photo: Arashi Yamaguchi first solo


The moment: First solo

The pilot: Arashi Yamaguchi

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

The aircraft: Cessna 172 Skyhawk

The memory: One of the most unforgettable and thrilling adventures of my life. Flying solo has built my confidence and made me love flying even more. I can’t wait to further my career as a pilot. Special thanks to my instructor, Don,  for your support!


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