Summit sophomore celebrates birthday with solo flight

Summit sophomore Jack Crane stands in front of the plane he flew solo.

Summit sophomore Jack Crane made his first solo flight, taking off from Wright Brothers Airport in Dayton.

High school sophomores usually celebrate their 16th birthday by getting their driver’s license and hitting the open road. Summit sophomore Jack Crane, Mt. Washington, celebrated his birthday by taking to the skies.

Jack made his first solo flight, taking off from Wright Brothers Airport in Dayton. To get to this point, Jack has flown more than 32 hours and completed more than 90 takeoffs and landings. Making a solo flight has been a goal of Jack’s since he attended a camp when he was 13.

“I thought I would have been nervous,” he said. “But once I was up there, I just went through my checklist of all the things I needed to do. It was liberating and empowering.” 

Students have to pass a variety of certifications before they can fly solo. They must obtain a student pilot and medical certificate as well as pass a written test.

They also have to be familiar with Federal Aviation Administration rules, too.  

In addition to controlling the plane, pilots have to study weather conditions, emergency procedures, aerodynamics, airport operations, air traffic control procedures and information from the airport that may affect landing. 

Jack plans on continuing to pursue his love of flying by obtaining his private pilot’s license.