Star in your own solo video

Posted on January 9th, 2014 by

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... Continue Reading →

16 year old’s solo captured by local TV news

Posted on October 20th, 2013 by

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... Continue Reading →

16-year-old solos 10 airplanes in one day, sets world record

Posted on August 19th, 2013 by

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... Continue Reading →


Kitson wins First-to-Solo challenge

Posted on April 30th, 2013 by

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... Continue Reading →


Solo celebrations

Posted on April 22nd, 2013 by

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... Continue Reading →

Different cultures, different customs

Posted on March 6th, 2013 by

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... Continue Reading →

Wanted: Photos of your shirt tail being cut after your first solo

Posted on March 5th, 2013 by

As part of our upcoming Learn to Fly issue, we’re looking for photos from readers of the celebrations following their first solo and the cutting of their shirt tails. Send them to Continue Reading →


A memorable week at Sporty’s flight school

Posted on November 28th, 2012 by

BATAVIA, Ohio — Ideal fall weather in the Midwest made for a memorable week of first solos and certificates at Sporty’s Academy at Clermont County Airport (I69). During Thanksgiving week, Sporty’s celebrated four first solos, two private pilot certifications, two... Continue Reading →


16-year-old Georgia boy spends birthday soloing three different aircraft types

Posted on October 16th, 2012 by

A solo flight series showcasing one young man’s efforts to learn to fly three different kinds of aircraft was successfully accomplished over the weekend, beginning with a night three ship formation flight launched at midnight Oct. 14. The day began... Continue Reading →

First solos for VA students

Posted on September 5th, 2012 by

SEATTLE — The folks in the flight training department at Galvin Flying Services, an FBO and authorized flight training provider for Veteran’s Administration (VA) students at Boeing Field, report that the first VA students enrolled in a program offered through... Continue Reading →