As a parent and grand parent I know that teenagers can be a challenge. In our family we had four boys and one girl, and the girl was definitely more of a challenge for us than the boys. But apparently this wasn't true for a young 17 year old girl from Peachtree City, GA.
Adrienne Philips decided after acquiring her drivers license at age 16 that a Private Pilot's license would be her next challenge. She grew up near Falcon Field in Peachtree City and aviation has always been a part of her life. Both her mother and grandfather worked for Delta Airlines although not as pilots.
When she was 17 her mother brought her "Intro Flight" from Falcon Aviation at Falcon Field and, after only 30 minutes of flight time, she was hooked for life. All at once she knew that was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
Trust me, this is much better than boys. Adrienne admires a lot of female pilots, some of whom she has met at conferences and air shows. Among them were a female USAF Thunderbird pilot, a B-17 pilot from WWII and an airshow performer named Julie Clark.
As she met, talked and watched these women Adrienne decided she could do this too. She has quickly learned that taking flying lessons can be very stressful and that it can take a lot out of a person, but she also notes that you get a different perspective of the world from the air. It is also relaxing when you are just aviating.
Being a girl, however, means boys are a part of her life. So she has chosen a pilot, of course. Her boyfriend flies for NetJets, and he has been helping her hone her piloting skills whenever they can fly together.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
I thought I would keep it on the ground until I became familiar with it, but on account of the wind, I unexpectedly took to the air, and the first thing I knew, I was flying.
— Arthur Pratt Warner, Beloit, Wisconsin. Warner was the first individual in the U.S. to purchase an aeroplane, a Curtiss biplane, that assembled himself. He had only intended to taxi when he made what was Wisconsin's first flight, 4 November 1909.