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.”
Nate started the day with three take-offs and full stop landings in a Cessna 152. The remaining flights consisted of one take-off and one landing per plane. In total, Nate logged 4.5 solo hours in two Cessna 152s, one Cessna 162 Skycatcher, five Cessna 172s and two Piper PA-28-161 Warriors.
“I did two go arounds throughout the day because of the wind and I had radio problems on one of the 172’s that I fixed on downwind,” continued Nate. “Other than that, everything went very smoothly.”
“Nate showed incredible determination throughout his flight training,” said Steve Bruss, Nate’s father, flight instructor and owner of Wings Insurance. “Most student pilots only solo one airplane.”
In addition to launching his flying career, in earnest, Nate set a Guinness World Record for “The Most Tricycle Geared Airplanes Soloed on the Same Day.”
“Now that I have soloed, I will finish my private pilot requirements by the end of the month and begin work on my instrument rating, tailwheel endorsement, seaplane rating and Sailplane License,” noted Nate. “I have also begun planning for the next record.”
Nate finished the day with a ride in a Beechcraft T-34 Mentor. Nate flew the T-34 over Flying Cloud Airport, making two overhead passes with the smoke on. After landing, the entire group celebrated the day and his birthday with cake and congratulations.