|Flying on insulin|
My instructor and I made a decision that I was ready to fly an aircraft while acting as pilot in command, my first solo! This is major milestone in any pilots’ training, the person that acted as your safety net steps out of the aircraft, knowing you are capable of flying that aircraft by yourself. The day was July 9, 2014. I flew two “patters” (or circuits around Yeager Airport consisting of a take off and landing) with my instructor, Brenda. We decided I was ready, I taxied back to Executive Air (the private terminal at Yeager Airport), Brenda stepped out and said “bring the plane back safely”, she signed my logbook and walked off. I’ll be honest; I was scared to death. However, I knew I could do it. I’ve waited for this moment since I knew the average person could become a pilot. My first solo went great and I will never forget the first time I flew a plane by myself.
Jay Haapala officially caught the "Aviation Bug" in 2007. He's 17, a Senior in High School, an Eagle Scout, Airport Intern, Type One Diabetic, and an FAA Licensed Private Pilot. He refuses to let Diabetes stop him from living out his dreams and hopes to find himself in the cockpit of an airliner, burning jet fuel for a living.