Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Spine Of Steel


Some of us never know what we’re made of until everything’s taken away


Her eyes light up. "It was just too cool. I got up, flew the pattern, made some landings, and I was...in awe of myself. I was like, 'Oh my God, you're flying this plane, you're in total control of this plane!' Then came my next thought: 'Do not crash this plane! It doesn't belong to you!'"

She laughs, then goes on to describe how, on her very first long cross-country flight after passing her sport-pilot check ride, she landed at the 2013 Sebring Expo...and was ramp checked!

"All of a sudden they were just there. At first I thought they were joking!" Glassing remembers.

She produced the requested paperwork and the ever-vigilant feds walked away satisfied. After what this new sport pilot had had thrown at her, what was a little ramp check?

Now, with 90 hours in her logbook, Glassing looks forward to more flying...once she figures out how to afford it. "If I win the lottery, I'll buy a plane," she says. She also hopes to assist other disabled flight students through the Able Flight program.

"I believe if you really want something, it's there for you. People today allow fear to control their lives. I don't know if it's me or the chair, but the combo of the two has allowed me to keep that fear under control. It's at a healthy level...but it's not worth letting it control my life," Glassing concludes.

On a mid-morning Tuesday this coming summer, Stephany Glassing will have her flight wings pinned on during an Able Flight ceremony held in Aeroshell Square at Oshkosh AirVenture.

I plan to be there, if for no other reason than to be in the company of a champion who never quits anything.

For more information, contact: Able Flight, www.ableflight.org or Stephany Glassing, www.22flamingos.com.



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