Friday Photo

Friday Photo

first solo and checkride moments

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.

Friday photo: Matt Crossty private pilot checkride

From a young age my Dad taught me the joys of flying. My Dad and I would watch the flight operations at CVG. Ever since then I knew becoming a pilot was something I wanted to do. Now it’s a dream come true.

Friday photo: Joan Manuel De La Cruz private pilot checkride

The moment: Private pilot checkride The pilot: Joan Manuel De La Cruz The place: North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45), West Palm Beach, FL The...

Friday photo: Joseph Ermel private pilot checkride

It was a thorough and fun exam. After months of diligent studying, practicing, and preparation, I felt confident enough and was proud of my deliverance. My mind was set on earning my PPL for years, and I worked hard to get to this point to succeed. I am grateful for all of the support I've received over the years from my mentors - and especially my Grandfather, Arnold Zimmerman (EAA 205374.) Now on to the Instrument ! See you on the Flightline!