Friday Photo

Friday Photo

first solo and checkride moments

Friday photo: first solo cross-country Kaitlyn Gallegos

The air was smooth, warm, and clear. The scenery was picturesque and awe-inspiring, and I was completely by myself up at 9,500 feet. I touched down safely at Bermuda an hour after takeoff.

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: Carlos Bultron first solo

The moment: first solo The pilot: Carlos Bultron The place: New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport (KEVB), New Smyrna Beach, FL The aircraft: Cessna 172 The memory: This is from...

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: granddaughter’s first solo

The moment: My granddaughter's first solo The pilot: Ibel Darkenwald The place: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (KBZN), Bozeman, MT The aircraft: Diamond DA20 The memory: On Thursday December 20th I was...

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: 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: first solo Dallas Padgitt

  The moment: First solo The pilot: Dallas Padgitt The place: Clermont County Airport (I69) - Batavia, OH The aircraft: Cessna 172 The memory: At first I was incredibly nervous to fly...

Friday photo: Darick Gundy first solo, first Sonex flight

The moment: First solo / first Sonex flight The pilot: Darick Gundy The place: Bermudian Valley Airpark (07N) - Kralltown, PA The aircraft: Champ / Sonex The memory: At age 56 I...

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:...