Yuchen “Jack” Wang ‘18 flies solo for the first time

Please join the Aviation Department in congratulating Yuchen “Jack” Wang ‘18 for earning his solo endorsement on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Albert Whitted Airport on runway 7 in a Cessna 172.

“I was nervous in the beginning,” said Jack, “but we did several take-offs and landings prior. Then Mr. Ewing [Farragut Aviation Instructor] hopped out and said ‘good luck, have fun’ and I was on my own.”

Jack, a boarding student from Shanghai, China, who has attended Farragut since 7th grade and who has been taking Aviation for three years now, said that he plans to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering or Mathematics. His top college choices are his early decision of Boston University and his early action decision of Purdue University. “I would love to work for Boeing some day,” explained Jack, who has taken Aeronautical Science I, the Embry-Riddle Dual Enrollment course, and is now enrolled in Aviation Academy at Farragut. “I would like to become a commercial pilot or an aerospace engineer, but I definitely want to keep flying.”

“Jack has shown tremendous effort and preparation throughout the year, both in the classroom and in the aircraft,” shared Mr. Ewing. “He is a safe and proficient pilot on track to earn his private pilot certificate by graduation.”

In addition to Jack working on earning his private pilot’s license this year, he has also played tennis, the xylophone with the Admiral’s Own Band, and is an active member on the Math Club and Guitar Club. Jack also plays guitar with a five-man band called JOSPA.

Jack came to Farragut because he felt he did not learn well in the Chinese education system, and was looking to gain more knowledge in a new culture. When asked about his Farragut Experience, Jack responded, “It’s the place you can chase your dreams and achieve your goals. The teachers are nice and the classmates are supportive.”