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Student Now a Pilot Thanks to Gathering Flight Training Scholarship

  • New private pilot Susan Johnson’s first solo was in a homebuilt Pietenpol.

November 5, 2014 - Susan Johnson, 17, EAA 1051334, of Bowling Green, Ohio, earned her private pilot certificate in August thanks to a Gathering of Eagles flight training scholarship. Johnson, whose first solo was in a Pietenpol, is also a member of EAA Chapter 582 based at Toledo Executive Airport.

“This accomplishment makes me one step closer to reaching my ultimate goal of becoming an astronaut,” she wrote to EAA. “Thank you to the EAA and the donors for the very generous Gathering of Eagles Flight Training Scholarship. This scholarship has made it possible for me to earn my private pilot license on August 15.”

She added that earning her private ticket is the most rewarding challenge she’s ever undertaken. “It is a journey that I have just begun, but I will not forget the EAA, EAA's benefactors, and EAA Chapter 582 that made this first step possible.”

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