Friday photo: early morning arrival


The moment: early morning arrival

The place: Near Jacksonville Executive at Craig (KCRG), Jacksonville, FL

The aircraft: Cirrus SR22

The pilot: anonymous

The memory: Capturing this early morning sunrise over the Atlantic as I’m headed for a long weekend of R&R along the east coat of Florida reminds me how lucky I am to have invested in the freedom and convenience of general aviation.


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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.