The moment: First solo
The pilot: Talia Shaw
The place: Northeast Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia, PA (KPNE)
The aircraft: Grumman Traveler AA5
The memory: It was a very nerve-racking day, but all the nerves for the instructor. I had soloed many students before, but this one was my daughter. We had a big push to try and get her private license before she left to go into the US Air Force. She had a lot of hesitation before I got out, but once I did there was no stopping her. She made three picture-perfect take-offs and landings and then she was off to the races. It was very memorable for father and daughter that both of us will never forget. She is now in week 4 of basic training and plans to finish her private as soon as possible.
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