Today, July 31, 2018 is the last flying day for the month and Leading Edge is quite lucky and blessed as far as the monthly programmed flight time is concerned due to the fact that we have logged an aggregate total of 1,953 flying hours breaking the highest flight time record in one (1) month of 1,743.02 hours flown last May 2018. Likewise, it was also this month that the flight training hit the century mark or flying 100 hours or more in a day on several occasions. Moreover, despite the limited flight operations in the 2nd week of the month due to inclement weather, sustained flight training was experienced by SFLU in the days after the short lull. It maybe the last flying day of July, but not for two (2) very lucky members of Batch DeltaForce 2018 who were able to reach the finish line by a hairline, successfully achieving the unforgettable 1st Solo Flight, the most significant event in their early flying careers. Incidentally, both 1st Soloists for the day have foreign sounding names making them half Filipinos unlike the full-blooded South Korean Student Pilot Henry Hwang alias Shin Dong Pa who recently passed his CPL checkride last weekend. First to solo, flying RP-C6923 on or about 0940H was 34 year old SP Raymond John Qi Yee Ho, a Fil-Singaporean resident of BF Homes, Parañaque City and a BS Nursing graduate of Southville International School Colleges courtesy of Senior FI, Capt JC Asuncion in just 13.4 flying hours. Ten (10) minutes later, flying RP-C8249 on or about 0950H, a batchmate, 27 year old SP Raphael Andreo Caparas Yamamoto, a Fil-Japanese, resident of Bacoor, Cavite and product of De La Salle University- Dasmariñas, Cavite made his 1st Solo Flight courtesy of the Head of Pilot Training himself, Capt Vlad Evangelista in just 12.1 flying hours. Apparently, this early, the lucky tandem successfully achieved their respective solo flights within the highest degree of skills as far as flying proficiency is concerned.
Congratulations John and Ray for attaining the most significant highlight of your early flying careers, the unforgettable 1st Solo Flight! Just maintain aircraft control, stabilize, level off and proceed to your point of destination towards your cherished dream of getting your wings and safely landing on the spot. Happy flying & have a SAFE Flight always! Cheers & God bless!✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈✈