First solos for VA students

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 Green River Community College (GRCC) have made their first solos.

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Commemorate your first solo

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Whether it’s your own first solo or that of a friend or family member, Sporty’s First Solo Commemorative Wooden Plaque will keep that memory vivid. The alder wood, laser-etched plaque is custom engraved with the pilot’s name and airplane on two lines.

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Start of a flying career on 16th birthday

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Jeff Spahr, a sophomore at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida, celebrated his 16th birthday March 10 and had something more important on his mind than getting his driver’s license. Jeff started taking flying lessons at Gulf Coast International Flight Academy, Inc. when he was just 14 years old and he became eligible to fly solo for the first time on his 16th birthday.

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First solo: Hugh O’Handley

We recently asked pilots on our Facebook page to share the story of their first solos. Here’s one from Hugh O’Handley of Pelzer, S.C.:  I have been lucky and have always had instructors that were great mentors. I first attended a flight school at Sky Acres Airport in Billings, N.Y., in 1973. I was 19 and, after having served two years in the Army as a helicopter crew chief, I was tired of getting my hands dirty and then letting someone else get to have all the fun.

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First solo: Eric Coburn

We recently asked pilots on our Facebook page to share the story of their first solos. Here’s Eric Coburn’s story: I soloed on May 1, 1972. It was my 16th birthday. I had flown many hours with my father prior to that day. I can remember flying when I was 10 years old but my Mom and Dad said I started flying years before that. My father tells the story about my first flight: [Read more…]

Long suffering, belated first solo

We recently asked pilots on our Facebook page to share the story of their first solos. Here’s the second entry we received, from a pilot who wishes to remain anonymous: My first solo wasn’t really the exciting, giddy experience that I had imagined when I first started flying.

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First solo: Jim Craig

We recently asked pilots on our Facebook page to share the story of their first solos. Here’s our first entry from reader Jim Craig of Goose Creek, S.C.: My solo was a pleasant affair, very successful, but it presented me with some problems I had not seen in my limited flying — my instructor was a large man and even with my slim figure at the time, I suspect we were over gross often in the C-150.

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