Friday Photo

Friday Photo

first solo and checkride moments

Friday photo: brother sister first solo

I got to solo both my kids this week! They both did fantastic. The future looks bright. Both will be attending Liberty University this fall to pursue advanced ratings in preparation for careers in aviation.

Friday photo: Ngierot Edwards-Smith solo flight

The moment: Practice area solo The pilot: Ngierot Edwards-Smith The place: Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), Orlando, FL The aircraft: C172 The memory: I had just completed my...

Friday photo: back to instructing…MEI checkride

The moment: Multiengine instructor (MEI) checkride The pilot: Chris DeMaria The place: Renton Municipal Airport (KRNT), Renton, WA The aircraft: Piper Seminole The memory: After a long time...

Friday photo: Seth Cooper Private pilot

The moment: Private pilot checkride The pilot: Seth Cooper The place: Clermont County Airport (I69), Batavia, OH The aircraft: C172 The memory: This is a monumental moment personally...

Friday photo: Rebecca Frechette first solo

I thought I was finishing a regular lesson as I pulled off the runway to taxi back to the hangars but my flight instructor told me he was getting out and he wanted me to take the airplane for a lap around the pattern. He gave me a thumbs up and said, “you got this!”

Friday photo: Shane Meenach private pilot checkride

The moment: Private pilot checkride The pilot: Shane Meenach (right) with instructor John Dreyer The place: Clermont County Airport (I69), Batavia, OH The aircraft: Cessna 172 The memory:...

Friday photo: Justin Roy Commercial Pilot

  The moment: Commercial pilot checkride The pilot: Justin Roy (right) with instructor Erik Trogdon The place: Clermont County Airport (I69), Batavia, OH The aircraft: Cessna 172 The memory:...

Friday photo: Steven Horney first solo

I completed my first solo on December 8, 2018 at the age of 58.  Flying has been a life-long dream for me, starting around the age of 5.  During my teen years, my father (a very experienced Air Force pilot, CFI, and CFI-G) began giving me some formal flight lessons, but then I went off to college, got married, etc., and I had to be content with flying model aircraft for a lot of years.

Friday photo: Tasha Farmer first solo

The moment: My wife's first solo The pilot: Tasha Farmer The place: Livingston County, Spencer J. Harvey Field (KOZW), Howell, MI The aircraft: Diamond DA-20 The memory: On...

Friday photo: Texan and Mustang flights

Last month we flew down to Kissimmee, FL, and on Friday, January 11th, he took a step up and flew the AT-6 Texan.  On that same day I flew Stallion 51’s TF-51 Mustang.  What a rush!  At 76, I’m now anxious to get current and start flying again.