proud dad moment so had to share....a week before his 18th birthday, my son solo'd a Citabria today as he works towards his Private! Here he is with his CFI after the milestone flight:
He took his first flight with me in a rented Ce-152 when he was about 4 and a half, flew a lot of hours with me in the Ce-140 we used to own, and has a lot of right seat time in our RV-6A since I got it to Phase II in early 2009, including a round trip to OSH from CA in 2009. He actually earned his first flight lesson through the EAA Young Eagles program that gives Young Eagles a voucher for free first flight lesson when they complete the Sporty's on-line course that is offered free to YE kids. When we got home that day, just a few weeks ago, he counted up all the change in his bedroom "piggy bank" and came to see me about whether I'd pay the balance of what he didn't have for a second lesson....seems that he was ready to get serious about earning his ticket!
Looking forward to getting him some RV transition training when he's ready, after getting his Private!
Fun to recall the good times and memories when his aviation interest really got started, back when he was shorter than me and our Ce-140 was big enough for both of us to go camping with!! Arlington 2004:
And just so there's an RV pic in this thread, here we are just a bit short of our OSH 2009 destination in our first "real" RV cross-country trip together, waiting in Portage, WI for the post-airshow field opening so we could get into OSH and pitch our tent: