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Published on July 2nd, 2019 | by FII Reader

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First Solo on 16th Birthday

Congratulations to Ethan Sherry from Dungannon who completed his first solo on his 16th Birthday last Friday. Ethan has been flying on the Ikarus C42 at Kernan Aviation based at Tandragee, just outside Portadown. Ethan takes up the story from here:

“Hi there my name is Ethan Sherry I’m from Dungannon in County Tyrone here in Northern Ireland. Today on the 28th of June 2019, I took to the skies on my 16th birthday for my first solo flight making me as of this date the current youngest solo pilot in the UK! Flying for me has always been a passion ever since I was a kid and as soon as my 14th birthday came, and I was able to log hours, I was in the plane!  Ever since then I have become more and more experienced with over 100 hours P2 in aircraft ranging from microlight to larger aircraft and even helicopters, I made it a goal of mine to solo an aircraft on my 16th birthday and today I have accomplished that and made not only myself proud but also my family and friends”

“I would like to thank my instructor Martin Conway and also the guys at Carrickmore where I started to fly and the guys at Kernan Aviation where I currently fly who have been massively supportive throughout my journey for the past 2 years and continuing onwards to my GST next year.  I hope that I’m able to complete and pass my GST on my 17th Birthday and then plan to go to Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) in Cork and train to become a commercial airline pilot. My ultimate goal and absolute passion”

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