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Wisconsin Teen First Sporty’s Graduate to Earn Pilot Certificate

Tyler Stargardt
New Private Pilot Tyler Stargardt, pictured with his instructor, Dave Wells (left) and DPE Harold “Duffy” Gaier at the Marshfield Wisconsin Airport following Tyler’s successful check ride.

June 10, 2010 —Two days after his 17th birthday, Tyler Stargardt climbed into a Cessna 172 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, and passed his FAA checkride, thus earning his Private Pilot Certificate. Tyler, who will be a high school senior next fall, was inspired to become a pilot by a Young Eagles flight, then completed the Sporty’s Complete Pilot Training Course and passed his FAA written exam. He is the first person to complete the Sporty’s course and go on to earn his private ticket.

Tyler applied for and was awarded a $7,500 flight training scholarship from EAA, which he used to fund his training. In addition to the scholarship, Tyler has received support and encouragement from his local EAA Chapter 992 and his instructor, Dave Wells. He plans to continue his aviation studies in college after graduating high school next year. Tyler plans to attend EAA AirVenture this summer.

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