Austin Crane accomplished his first solo flight on Tuesday morning the second of March. Austin and his instructor Nathaniel Cheshire took off at dawn during a magnificent sunrise. Next, they flew west to practice glides over the Kootenai river valley. While maneuvering, they saw a large herd of elk at the base of the mountains. After warming up with a few practice landings at the airport, Nathaniel exited the airplane. Austin did four solo landings before going to work at Quality Farm and Garden without his shirt tail.
Crane intends to use his pilot license to fly into the Idaho backcountry airstrips where he is a hunting guide.