The moment: First solo
The pilot: Steven Horney (left) with instructor John Kline
The place: Kendallville Municipal Airport (C62), Kendallville, IN
The aircraft: Cessna 152
The memory: I completed my first solo on December 8, 2018 at the age of 58. Flying has been a life-long dream for me, starting around the age of 5. During my teen years, my father (a very experienced Air Force pilot, CFI, and CFI-G) began giving me some formal flight lessons, but then I went off to college, got married, etc., and I had to be content with flying model aircraft for a lot of years while I raised my family and took care of the things of life.
But for Christmas of 2017 my wife gave me the gift of a Sporty’s online ground school and a flight jacket, and encouraged me to follow my dream. I started my flight lessons late August, 2018, and Lord willing, I hope to have my Private Pilot’s License early this summer. You can teach an old dog new tricks!
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