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Young Pilot Helps Other Kids' Dreams Take Wing

Minnesota resident Jessica Miller, 18, has been flying since she was 15, and she received her private pilot's license at 17.  The St. Cloud State University freshman served as an instructor to kids at the inaugural Youth Aviation Adventure at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.  Miller came in seventh at the 2009 national Air Race Classic all-female airplane race, and was the youngest competitor in the event.  "You can just feel the power of the plane as you take off, it's just exhilarating, the feeling that you're alone, you're by yourself, you're in the plane, you're in control," Miller says.  She says she wants to become a certified flight instructor, because she has a burning desire to teach other kids how to fly.  "I spend money on flying and I see that as education for myself, because I want to be a pilot," Miller notes.

October 14, 2009

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