Friday photo: Darick Gundy first solo, first Sonex flight

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The moment: First solo / first Sonex flight

The pilot: Darick Gundy

The place: Bermudian Valley Airpark (07N) – Kralltown, PA

The aircraft: Champ / Sonex

The memory: At age 56 I learned to fly a 1940’s Aeronca Champ at a small airport with a grass runway and passed my test. Needless to say it was some of the most exciting times of my life. I soon bought a 1946 Ercoupe and after flying it for seven years, it was time for a change.

After attending “Airventure”, the worlds biggest airshow, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin three years, I selected the Sonex airplane to fulfill my aviation mission. Luckily my wonderful wife was with me at Oshkosh to “solidify the deal”. For anyone pursuing a project of this magnitude, the spouse’s blessing is absolutely required. Needless to say, I’m a lucky fella!


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