Following a request from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the FAA has once again made it possible for student pilots to solo on their 14th or 16th birthday, depending on the type of aircraft they are flying. [Read more…]
New Zealand teen Ross Brodie flew solo 16 times — in 16 different planes, from a microlight to a Tiger Moth — on the first day on which he was legally allowed to fly on his own.
The teen’s father, who is a CFI, says his son has “lived and breathed airplanes since birth,” according to a report from The Timaru Herald.
Forget a Sweet Sixteen party. Wyatt Angel of Mount Airy, N.C., spent his 16th birthday doing something way more fun — flying 11 airplanes solo at the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport (KMWK), then making his way to the Piedmont Soaring Society in nearby Farmington, where he soloed three gliders.
He hopes his birthday celebration will win him a spot in the world record books.
Soloing 14 aircraft on the first day he was legally allowed to solo was something Wyatt had been planning for a long time.
Thousands of pilots are flying with compact video cameras like the GoPro or Garmin VIRB, using them to record first solos or memorable flights. But once the flight is over, many pilots don’t know what to do next — how do you edit and share what you recorded?
Sporty’s professional video production team has introduced its MySolo service. Simply upload video shot during your first solo and Sporty’s staff will transform that raw video into a professionally edited product, including on-screen text and audio. A sample MySolo video may be seen here.
“Your first solo is something you’ll never forget and deserves more than a quick snapshot to share with friends and family,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Now you don’t have to be a video expert to have a polished video.”
After recording your first solo on your recording device, all you have to do is upload your video at Sportys.com/MySolo along with requested information about the flight, such as solo pilot’s name, date of flight, flight instructor and make/model of airplane. A video up to five minutes will be produced and shared at Sporty’s MySolo YouTube channel. Cost is $59.95.
“We’re producing videos about first solos, but we’re able to produce similar videos about any particular flight,” says Zimmerman. “Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss your project.”
What a cool story! Sierra Patterson soloed on her 16th birthday and the local television station was there to capture it — complete with a proud dad, worried mom and a very excited young girl. Check it out here. And Congratulations Sierra!
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Nathan “Nate” Bruss turned 16 years old on Friday, August 16. He celebrated by soloing 10 different aircraft from Flying Cloud Airport. “The day went great,” said Nate Bruss via email. “The wind picked up towards the afternoon and I had a 5 kt crosswind component, but it was within my personal limitations.”
During the 2013 Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week — March 4-10 — that attracted more than 17,000 girls and women to air and space facilities across four continents, pilots flew balloons, ultralights, airplanes, seaplanes, and helicopters to introduce 5,316 girls and women to the magic of flight in a small aircraft with the hope to spark many vocations.
More than 77% of the girls and women attending said they would consider undertaking an activity in aviation for pleasure or for a career as a result of their experience.
To encourage them to take the next step, the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide holds an annual First-to-Solo Challenge to reward the first eligible girl or woman that solos with a prize.
How many people do you know who took flying lessons but never made it to first solo? Probably a great many. Solo is the first major step in what is a often a long journey to becoming a pilot.
The folks at Sporty’s Academy, in Batavia, Ohio, recognize this, and go all-out when a client hits that all-important milestone.
In response to our request for photos of shirt tails being cut after first solo, Zenith Aircraft’s Sebastien Heintz responded with: “Different cultures commemorate the solo flight in different ways. Here’s a video clip from Thailand from one of our customers.”
Also, it’s not too late to send in photos from your first solo and getting your shirt tail cut. Send it to email@example.com