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Matteson Completes Solo Flight

Published on April 12, 2018

Samantha Matteson of Mountain View, Arkansas completed her first solo flight at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on February 8, 2018. Samantha makes the fifteenth Ozarka College student to complete the solo flight. Her career goals are to earn an Associate of Science degree in Aviation - Professional Pilot and fly for FedEx.

Samantha has always loved the idea of flight and said there is only one word to describe what it's like flying solo and that is, "Awesome! " Her flight instructor, Tim Ambrose said, "Sam has been working diligently to get to this point! She's doing well in her training. "

Prior to taking a solo flight, students are required to receive and log flight training for maneuvers and procedures ranging from proper flight preparation procedures to emergency procedures and equipment malfunctions. Additionally, they have to pass an aeronautical knowledge test. Upon completing solo flights, students begin flying to larger airports with an instructor. Just prior to certification, students will fly solo to the Branson Airport.

For more information about flight training or the aviation program, please visit or call John Catlett, Ozarka College aviation director and chief flight Instructor, at 870.368.7926.

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