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  • Getting My Feet Wet

    Getting My Feet Wet

    “Are you ready?” asked my instructor, “Because once we start that engine we will be in constant motion until we are back on the ramp.” But he didn’t mean a […]

     
     
  • First Solo, Again!

    First Solo, Again!

    Here at Sporty’s Academy, we love to celebrate the achievements of our students. One of our biggest celebrations comes when a student successfully completes his or her first solo. We really think that this is a big deal and we want the student to understand this as well!

    It has been many years since my first solo in an airplane. In fact, I’ll be celebrating the 30th anniversary of that event in a couple of years. Even with the intervening years, I can still remember my takeoff from Runway 29 at the Flagler County Airport in Florida. I don’t really remember the landing but I remember the takeoff. I looked out the side window after liftoff, watched the left main spin to a stop, and thought to myself, “Well, now you have to land it!”

     
     
  • Own your training experience

    Own your training experience

    All too often during the course of training students will experience some difficulties with their instructor. These difficulties can range from something as simple as having a rough communication day […]

     
     
  • A pilot looks at 60

    A pilot looks at 60

    Mother, Mother Ocean I have heard your call. Wanted to sail upon your waters Since I was three feet tall.   These words were penned by Jimmy Buffett 40 years […]

     
     
  • Giving Back to Aviation

    Giving Back to Aviation

    You may know Sean D. Tucker as one of the best air show pilots in the business, but did you also know that he is the current Young Eagles Chairman? Sean has held this title since AirVenture 2013 when he took over from Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles. Only a few people have held this title over the years and Sean is as hard working as they come.

     
     
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  • Flexible Flyer

    Flexible Flyer

    Earlier this year, I wrote about my family’s plans to take a number of mini-vacations during the summer centered on our enjoyment of roller coasters and amusement parks.  Now that […]

     
     
  • Hangarside chat with Hal Shevers

    Hangarside chat with Hal Shevers

    Standing next to my favorite airplane inspires me to recall a few of my favorite flights. This old, red Aztec has taken my friends, family and me to such far-flung places as Caracas, Newfoundland, Cabo and Kelowna. I now realize it was because of the training I received (and a lot of good luck) that I have been afforded the opportunity to go to those places–and cherish those memories.

     
     
 
 

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