Justin McDowell – Solo Milestone

Justin McDowell – Solo Milestone

Congratulations to 16-year-old Justin McDowell, EAA 1174050, who completed his first solo October 31 in a Cessna 172 on floats off of Whitewater Lake in northern Ontario. Although he went into the day understandably nervous, he said once he completed the run up and pushed full throttle he felt like he was home. “During the taxi back to the dock I could hardly contain my excitement,” Justin said. “I was on my way to becoming a pilot! Overall, my solo flight was one of the best experiences of my life and I cannot wait to soar through the sky again.” Congratulations again, Justin, on this exciting accomplishment! We at EAA can’t wait to see where your wings take you next.

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Megan, EAA 1171719, is EAA’s staff writer, regularly contributing to both print and digital publications. She’s an aspiring pilot, a passionate aviation enthusiast, and an avid learner of just about everything. E-mail Megan at mesau@eaa.org.