On November 2nd Gage Sears, a senior and 7-day boarder from the Tampa Bay area, flew solo for the first time earning his solo endorsement. He flew at the Albert Whitted Airport in downtown St. Petersburg on runway 7 in a Cessna 172SP, tail number N22904. This is the first step towards earning his Private Pilot certificate as part of Admiral Farragut Academy’s Aviation Academy.
“It felt amazing,” said Gage. “It was definitely nerve wracking at first, because that day Mr. Ewing and I had done a bunch of practice runs and, when we landed, Mr. Ewing jumped out and said ‘today you’re flying solo.’” And Mr. Ewing was right, because Gage completed two take-offs and landings by himself.
“I chose Aviation because it was something that interests me, looks good on college applications, and a unique skill that most people my age don’t have,” said Gage who plans to study communications or business during college, hopefully at his number one choice University of Miami.
What is your favorite thing about Admiral Farragut Academy? “I have attended since my freshman year because my parents travel 10 months out of the year for their business. I have met so many different friends from all around the world and different backgrounds since coming here. It’s pretty awesome.”