Solo flight for our first student pilot

Third Coast Aviation LLC (“TCA“) has truly been blessed with the support from those around us – and now our first student pilot solo flight.  Looking back to the day we began this venture, I recall thinking to myself, “I wonder what success will actually look like?”  At the time, the measure of success was being marked by:

  • Success will be judged by hitting this revenue by this date,
  • We have acquired certain assets with a utilization rate of ??? by a certain date, or
  • We had a certain number of students by a certain date
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Jeff Skiba on his solo flight

True success is really measured in our student pilots‘ success within the flight school.  It’s great to have many students, large sums of revenue and full utilization of your equipment, but does all that matter if your flight students are not making positive and effective progress toward their goals? I believe the answer is no.

That is why I am excited to announce that our first student, Jeff Skiba, just took his first solo flight.  Jeff Skiba has been a spectacular flight student and will be an even better pilot.  As of June 9, 2017, he successfully began his solo exercises and is well on his way to receiving his Private Pilot certificate.  Our success is marked by students such as Jeff, and we continue to dedicate ourselves to the achievement of their goals.

We also have another student coming up quickly on Jeff’s heels, doing their official solo flight within the next week.


© 2017 by Third Coast Aviation LLC and Tony Boulanger, all rights reserved.  Mr. Skiba’s picture used by permission.

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