February 1, 2019, on a crystal clear blue skies, wind calm, we have a significant number of firsts that will be remembered in LEIAAI’s 11 year history. Today is a 1st Friday of the month, wherein for the 1st time, a Thanksgiving Mass attended by all available LEIAAI personnel, flight instructors, student pilots, aircrew, faculty and employees was conducted at the Maintenance Hangar. Thus, 1st Friday Masses will be a regular religious activity at LEIAAI as an act of praising & thanking the Lord for all the blessings bestowed on the school! Likewise, on the 1st day of February, another member of the 11 strong Batch India 2018, reached the most sought after feat of a career in flying, the unforgettable “1st Solo Flight”. Hence, on or about 1100H today, flying RP-C7530, 23 year old Student Pilot Jacques Robert Villanueva Papio, who hails from the city of San Fernando, Pampanga was released for solo by Capt Philmer Powao within the standard flight time. Incidentally, the goodlooking 1st Soloist for the day is a product of PATTS College of Aeronautics where a significant number of enrollees come from. Thus, with this initial success in his early aviation career, Jacques may now file a flight plan with the primary mission towards his cherished dream of lifetime, to be a Commercial Airline Pilot in the not too distant future.
Once again, congratulations SP JR Papio for achieving the highlight of your early flying career, the unforgettable 1st Solo Flight! Likewise, kudos as well to the proud and very supportive parents, well-done! Have a Happy & Safe Flight always! Cheers & God bless the Leading Edge Family!✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️