History repeats itself, "1st Solo Tradition, Dunking-in-Tandem "
Almost a year ago today, dated October 8, 2015, a first in Leading Edge’s History of a simultaneous 1st Solo in tandem by the duo Student Pilots Bien Carlo Queipo and Tom Reuh Tacwigan was reenacted this morning, 0800H October 4, 2016 by batchmates SP Genwil Marquez Ilagan and SP Ace Humphrey “Huey” San Agustin Gatapia who were both released for 1st Solo Flights almost at the same time by the towering Senior Flight Instructors, Capt Don Hinayon and Capt Lance Concepcion respectively. Ironically, the traditional 1st Solo Dunking Tradition into the pool was conducted one at a time for safety purposes. Incidentally, SP Huey Gatapia almost broke the 1st Solo Flight record of Capt Tomi Fernando, now a Co-Pilot with Air Asia within 8 flying hours before soloing versus the former’s 8.6 flying hours.
Once again, congratulations to the two (2) brand new “1st Soloists in Tandem” from the latest Golf Batch for a repeat performance reaching the most significant once in a lifetime achievement in their early flying careers, “1st Solo Flight”. Unforgettable indeed! Happy Flying & have a SAFE Flight always! God bless! CHEERS!!!