Luke solos

1560474_10202679448123416_129357481_nRemember the word “family” as you read this…

…While you were sleeping this morning, a newly minted 16 year old was wide awake
preparing for a birthday he will always remember. Luke Lachendro was going to take
his road test for his driver’s license this morning. After, of coure, he completed
his first solo in the family Cub. 
It was dark outside when I arrived at Wisconsin Aviation at the Dodge County 
Airport. The smile on Luke’s face, however, lit up the inside of the FBO. As the 
minutes crept closer to dawn and engine start, friends and family started packing
the cheering section. The cold cheering section, I might add. 23 degrees, cold 
wind, dreary sky. After Luke’s dad, Ed (or should I say Eeeeeddddiiiieee, as I’ve
always called him) did a quick check of the condition with the Cub, Luke was on his own. 
With more confidence than I ever had at 16, Luke taxied to “20” and was off in a 
flash with the head wind. A quick circle of the airport and he floated the Cub in
for a landing. Or 2 landings, as Ed would kid him later, because of the wind. 
That memorable moment was over so quickly…but will be remembered for so long
of a time. Remembered by Luke. And remembered by his aviation family. Those of us
gathered there. And those keeping track on Facebook. Because we all are family. It
just seems to be that way for those with aviation in their blood. Just like we will
all follow Luke’s journey of flight and life.