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Yesterday was a good day. My youngest son who turned 16 the day before earned his private pilot certificate in gliders. Then later in the day he made his first solo flight in an airplane. At this moment he could be the youngest certificated pilot in the USA.

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Fantastic!  Congrats!  That is a great day and great accomplishments!  Cheryl and I have been lucky enough to teach both of our boys to fly, our oldest is working on his instrument and commercial with us in our CTLS and Socata TB9.

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Congratulations to your son.

I think starting out in sailplanes is a real good approach. It emphasizes stick and rudder skills and provides insights into airmass motion and aircraft performance that I think some power-only pilots lack. And of course, it reduces the sense of dependence on the engine. Aircraft fly perfectly fine without them. If yours goes out you don't crash and burn like in the movies, or even panic. You just land on what’s available, like Buckaroo’s alfalfa field. Or, in the rare case where the terrain within gliding distance is unlandable, pull the chute.

Mike Koerner

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8 hours ago, Mike Koerner said:

Congratulations to your son.

I think starting out in sailplanes is a real good approach. It emphasizes stick and rudder skills and provides insights into airmass motion and aircraft performance that I think some power-only pilots lack. And of course, it reduces the sense of dependence on the engine. Aircraft fly perfectly fine without them. If yours goes out you don't crash and burn like in the movies, or even panic. You just land on what’s available, like Buckaroo’s alfalfa field. Or, in the rare case where the terrain within gliding distance is unlandable, pull the chute.

Mike Koerner

The airplane he soloed in is a 1941 Taylorcraft. It also develops rudder skill. When I had my CT he could take off and land it okay with a little coaching, but he is much more proficient now.

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