Today, September 26, 2017 is truly a very memorable and lucky day for three (3) newly reported flightless eaglets, all members of the distinguished Batch “Foxtrot” 2017, who one after the other successfully achieved the highlight of their early flying career, the most memorable feat, the 1st Solo Flight despite the recent Low Pressure Area (LPA) declared by PAGASA in some portions of Luzon and Visayas. First to make it to the elite short list, on or about 0830H, flying RP-C7293 with Senior FI Capt Philmer Powao as checker, is Student Pilot Vincent Don Landicho Mirambil, a 21 year old resident of Betterliving, Parañaque City and a product of PATTS College of Aeronautics, BS AMT. Obviously, flying runs in the blood of the subject student pilot, having Capt Dante Mirambil as the proud father who’s a former seasoned PAF Search and Rescue chopper pilot and currently a captain of Cebu Pacific Air. One hour later, on or about 0930H, SP Lin Victoria “Livi” De Luna Villacorta, 22 years old, resident of Muntinlupa, Metro Manila followed suit flying RP-C2211 with Senior FI, Capt Vladimir Evangelista as the assigned checker. Incidentally, SP Livi Villacorta, who’s a BS Psychology graduate of UP Diliman is an ardent health bug, slim and strictly vegetarian whose passion for flying was sensed in her inherent skills in the flight controls as displayed during her release for 1st solo in just 13.1 flying hours. Apparently, her innate ability & self confidence were shown during the critical final approach when she felt that the aircraft was clearly overshot of the spot where she anticipated and decided to perform a Go-Around procedure, a safe judgment call on her part. Last, but not the least among the three (3) 1st soloists for the day, is a young homegrown native of San Eugenio, Aringay, La Union, SP Arvin Jasper Bernardo Juloya, 21 years old product of PATTS College of Aeronautics, BS Air Transportation. It was on or about 1100H, when cloud formation has started to build up and wind condition is getting stronger that SP Arvin Juloya, on board RP-C2211 was released for 1st Solo in just 10.7 flying hours by Senior FI Capt Vlad Evangelista who undoubtedly did not think twice in his impression on the subject student pilot’s skills and capability. More so, the very supportive and proud parents; father Anselmo and mother Alicia Rose were present to personally witness this significant event of their son Arvin’s achievement of a lifetime in his early flying career, an inspirational gesture indeed of parental tender loving care!
Once again, congratulations to the three (3) First Soloists for the day. You all are now fully equipped and ready to hurdle the next level of your long and winding road to your dreams of flying to the great heavens and conquering the unlimited airspace of the horizon as well as the clear blue skies of San Fernando Airport, La Union where the Eagles’ Nest of Leading Edge is located. Have a happy and Safe Flight always! Cheers and God bless!✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️