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From C152 to T-6 From C152 to T-6

Some incredible news from Empire Aviation student Connor McClanahan who wrote to let us know he “soloed the T-6 last month!” Connor started his flight training at Empire Aviation while a high school student and paid for all his lessons from after school jobs.

When Dogs Fly When Dogs Fly

Empire Aviation student and Durham resident Rick Gutlon uses his Private Pilots license to help animal rescue groups transport dogs to safety. Since 2011 he’s flown over 320 dogs (and 22 cats!) to safety in his C172E.

Ground School Visits NCDOT & RDU Flight Services Ground School Visits NCDOT & RDU Flight Services

Our Winter 2017 Private Pilot Ground School visited the NCDOT Division of Aviation and the Raleigh FSS on February 28, 2017.

Book: The Day I Learned To Fly Book: The Day I Learned To Fly

Jeff Kennon, an Empire Aviation student, publishes this charming children’s book. Read the review by Ben Sinclair at General Aviation News.

In Memoriam: John E. McLain In Memoriam: John E. McLain

John McLain, a longtime friend, mentor, Designated Pilot Examiner and CFII passed away on April 5, 2014.

Riverside High: 2012 Aerospace Engineering Field Trip Riverside High: 2012 Aerospace Engineering Field Trip

Empire Aviation welcomed students from Durham’s Riverside High School to the Henderson-Oxford Airport on Friday, April 20, 2012 .