Friday Photo

Friday Photo

first solo and checkride moments

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: Granddaughter, Paris Jones, first solo

After 40 years at American Airlines I’m excited that so many young adults like Paris are discovering aviation as a career again. For a long time it wasn’t this way, and the efforts of organizations like Sporty’s, AOPA, EAA and others is having a positive effect. No word can describe how happy and proud of her we are.

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: Malena Modirzadeh first flight with a passenger

The moment: First flight with a passenger The pilot: Malena Modirzadeh The place: Asheville Regional Airport (KAVL) - Asheville, NC The aircraft: Cessna 172 The memory: It was a beautiful, calm...

Friday photo: Priscilla Marapodi instrument rating checkride

I started my aviation journey April 2017 since then it’s been an amazing journey. I thought the PPL was an amazing accomplishment until today the IFR checkride, now I feel like a real pilot! 

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: 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.