November 22, 2010
By Jill W. Tallman
Soloing is a thrill for every student pilot. Soloing in several different airplanes takes that excitement to a new level, as Justin McBurney of Apple Valley, Calif., learned on Nov. 14. He soloed five airplanes on the morning of his sixteenth birthday, the earliest age at which a student pilot can fly a powered aircraft without a flight instructor.
McBurney flew three Cessnas (150, 152, and 172), a Piper Warrior, and an Aeronca Champ. His father, Gary, is his flight instructor at Apple Valley Airport; his mother, Jeneace, became a private pilot earlier this year.
McBurney took and passed his driver’s test three days after he soloed in the five aircraft. He hopes to complete his private certificate and instrument rating on his seventeenth birthday. The shirt tail that commemorates his solos reads, “That was fun. What’s for lunch?”
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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