A Pilot's Certificate In A Week

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Magazine Editor Earns Sport Pilot Ticket

As with any new category of anything, the "firsts" keep piling up for Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft. However, a 26-year-old magazine editor has set a record that may well stand for a while. A couple of weeks ago, Davin Coburn, a science editor for Popular Mechanics, climbed into the left seat of an LSA for the first time ever at Mid-Atlantic Sports Planes in Bayse, Va. One week and 22 hours of flight time later, he passed his Sport Pilot ride. "This was a working vacation," Coburn wrote in his daily blog. "It's one I'll remember for the rest of my life, but at no time did it involve lounge chairs or drinks that come with umbrellas." That's an average of more than three hours a day and Coburn said that when he wasn't flying, he was studying and reviewing for his next flight. "The harder you work beforehand, the less your instructor will have to dwell on the basics," he said.