Something wonderful happened on Aug. 1, 2016, in the sleepy hamlet of Winter Haven, Florida. A flight instructor named Jim Porterfield rifled through pages in his student’s logbook, affixed his signature beneath the exact wording of a required endorsement, then climbed out of the C-150 he’d been instructing his student in.
He set his 17-year-old pupil free to challenge herself, armed with the skills and knowledge he’d passed on to her.
And so it was that Eirlys Willis (pronounced Eye-er-lease) achieved one of the great milestones of human accomplishment. She flew an airplane, by herself, launching into the sky and touching down on the runway three times before taxiing back to the hangar to have her tie-dyed t-shirt ruined and glorified at the same time.
Scissors were involved, as is traditional. [Read more…]