A Good Day

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A Good Day

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:28 am

Yesterday was a good day. My youngest son who turned 16 the day before earned his private pilot certificate in gliders. Then later in the day he made his first solo flight in an airplane. At this moment he could be the youngest certificated pilot in the USA.
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Re: A Good Day

Postby FastEddieB » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:39 am

That is just SO cool!

Congratulations!
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Re: A Good Day

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:24 am

Within the same 24 hour period he also got his drivers license. If the wind hadn't been gusting to around 25 he would have done all 3 on his birthday.

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Re: A Good Day

Postby drseti » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:27 am

No, Tom, yesterday was a GREAT day! Congratulations to you, Nick, and your dad (who I'm sure is as proud as you are).
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Re: A Good Day

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:53 am

drseti wrote:No, Tom, yesterday was a GREAT day! Congratulations to you, Nick, and your dad (who I'm sure is as proud as you are).


I'm sure he is. He called yesterday afternoon to see how things went.

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Re: A Good Day

Postby Atrosa » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:53 pm

Outstanding, Congratulations!!

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Re: A Good Day

Postby TimTaylor » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:05 pm

Congratulations to your son. Three of life's greatest events in 2 days.
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Re: A Good Day

Postby HornedFrogGrant » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:51 pm

Congrats! Your son will be a better person for this, and not just as a pilot. While other kids his age have their eyes glued to their smartphones, he’s out there experiencing the real world. 8)

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Re: A Good Day

Postby David » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:57 pm

Congrats
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Re: A Good Day

Postby ash31Mi » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:14 pm

Congrats to your son! Is that a K-13 sailplane? I soloed in one back in the early 80's in the UK.

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Re: A Good Day

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:56 pm

ash31Mi wrote:Congrats to your son! Is that a K-13 sailplane? I soloed in one back in the early 80's in the UK.


Yep a K13. He split most of his solo glider time between the K13 and a K8. Now he will check out in the clubs Twin Astir, Astir C/S, and K6. He is also working on the restoration of his own Scheibe L-Spatz 55.

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Re: A Good Day

Postby Jim Hardin » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:36 am

Congratulations to your son!

Will he be joining us here?

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Re: A Good Day

Postby 3Dreaming » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:42 am

Jim Hardin wrote:Congratulations to your son!

Will he be joining us here?


I don't know. He is a very busy kid. He only does one forum that I am aware of, vb.taylorcraft.org . He is a member there because he has produced and sold a Taylorcraft calendar the past 3 years to help fund his glider flying.


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