Friday Photo

Friday Photo

first solo and checkride moments

Friday photo: practicing social distancing at a grass strip

  The moment: Practicing social distancing at a grass strip in the country The pilot: Anonymous The place: Southwestern Ohio The aircraft: Citabria The memory: A much-needed solo escape...

Friday photo: first flight after 23 years in the US Air Force

The moment: First flight after 23 year in the US Air Force The pilot: Eric Krouse (left) with instructor and friend Andrew The place: Gwinnett County...

Friday photo: Sam Stauss CFI checkride

The moment: Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) checkride The pilot: Sam Stauss The place: Clermont County Airport, (I69), Batavia, OH. The aircraft: C172 The memory: This occasion is fulfilling...

Friday photo: helicopter solo, airplane solo and Private Glider all in the same day

A special congratulations on behalf of Sporty's and Student Pilot News to Frankie Fremont who celebrated a memorable 16th birthday by soloing a helicopter (R22), airplane (C172) AND earning his Private pilot glider all in the same day. Congratulations Frankie on an amazing feat!

Friday photo: Colin McGilvray commercial pilot checkride

Obtaining my commercial certificate was a big moment for me. Suddenly it seemed as if doors were opened for new opportunities and experiences. I look forward to the adventures and certifications still ahead.

Friday photo: autumn sunset over Kentucky

The moment: picturesque autumn sunset The place: northern Kentucky near Greater Cincinnati Regional Airport (KCVG) The aircraft: Cessna Citation The memory: Blanket of low overcast with the...

Friday photo: Dave Meere first solo

The moment: First solo The pilot: Dave Meere (right) The place: Clermont County Airport, (I69), Batavia, OH. The aircraft: C172N The memory: Reaching the point of solo flight had...

Friday photo: special flight with dad

After my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I made it my goal to earn my private pilot's license and take him as my first passenger for our last adventure together. The day after my successful checkride, I flew him down to see family near Colorado Springs. It was one of the last weeks he could leave the house, and he passed away a few months later.

Friday photo: Richard Pember private pilot checkride

The moment: Private pilot checkride The pilot: Richard Pember (right) The place: Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport (KJVL), Janesville, WI The aircraft: C172S The memory: I’ve wanted to fly since...

Friday photo: Wilkes Ellsworth first solo

I have wanted to fly an airplane my entire life and can honestly say it was one of the happiest and most fulfilling days I have ever experienced. I can't wait to continue my training and see where it and the aircraft will take me next.