Lily Busenbark, EAA 1293705, has dreamed of flying Young Eagles before she even had her pilot certificate in hand. Lily’s first exposure to aviation was in August 2018 when she took her first Young Eagles ride.
“Oh my gosh it was insane, ” she said. “The first time I was ever in a plane was through the Younger Eagles, it didn’t even register in my mind that it [becoming a pilot] was a possibility until then, and then I flew and it was amazing and awesome. ”
Since earning her certificate on October 20, she’s been looking forward to the day she’d get to return the favor.
After waiting out poor weather conditions earlier in the day, Lily flew the girl first two Young Silver eagles out of Columbus Airport (KCST), Georgia, before returning to pick up another two passengers.
“I didn’t cry, but We was trying not to because it’s just such a cool opportunity to be able to give back to the particular same thing, I wouldn’t be where I am right now if it weren’t for EAA, and so to have that availability to give it back and to maybe spark the same thing in someone else is just crazy and just something that I actually never dreamed of being able to do, ” she stated.
Lily mentioned she had a blast, and even let one associated with her passengers take typically the controls.
“It was super fun, My partner and i showed them how to keep the plane steady, and they did a good job, ” Lily said. “They loved it, they were so excited, and this kid in front actually wanted to be a pilot so I was capable to give advice and talk about that process. They asked a lot about navigation and how that works and what the process is and exactly how I know where I’m going, which was just so cool. ”
“Thank you in order to EAA and to everyone who has helped me due to the fact I’ve had a lot of challenges and stuff getting in the way of me getting my license and I would not have been able to do it without the EAA and especially my father, ” she said.
Congratulations on accomplishing another milestone, Lily! The sky’s the limit!
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