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Sapp Completes Solo Flight

Published on November 6, 2017

Simeon Sapp of Cherokee Village, Arkansas completed his first solo flight at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on October 17, 2017. Simeon is a 17-year-old freshman at Ozarka College and makes the eleventh student to complete the solo flight. He plans to earn an Associate of Science degree in Aviation - Professional Pilot from Ozarka and then become a missionary pilot to do, "The Good Lord's work. "

Simeon explained that his grandfather was a pilot and used to take him flying, so he has had an interest in aviation for many years. "I was a bit nervous at first, but after I did my first takeoff, my training kicked in, " said Simeon. Ozarka College Flight Instructor, Tim Ambrose said, "Simeon did a great job with working hard during training; he is doing great things in his 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 Little Rock Airport.

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

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