Pilot by 17 PD student balances school, sports, and works on gaining a pilot certificate - By Ross Berry

Picture of an aircraft on runway 22 by Ross Berry

Being a Junior at Providence Day School is a true challenge of character and time management. It seems like just about everyone here takes part in some type of extracurricular activities, but it's not often you see someone do what Ben Nason is doing.

Aside from his excellent acedimic career, Ben participates in football, track, and is on the path to receive his private pilot certificate by, if not before, the summer of 2016.

Ben vaulting at the first track meet of the 2016 season- photo by Abbie Baynes

Providence Day provides a very challenging academic program; if you slack off for even a day you will find yourself behind very quickly. It seems hard enough to just be active in sports or art programs, but Ben finds a way to balance his usually busy schedule to accommodate his passion for flying.

Picture of skyline by Ross Berry

When asked why Ben was willing to give up sleep and free time on weekends he responded by saying, "For me, flying is something which brings a great sense of wonder and accomplishment, but it has, at times, a very stressful workload. For example, I'd say I worked over 1,500 complex practice problems in one weekend before taking an exam. But, it's worth the work once you can actually get out to the airport and go fly. It offers me a new perspective, and there's always a challenge to be had, whether that be flying at night without instruments, or landing with a failed engine."

Ben landing at Monroe on his first solo- photo by Ben Nason

With just a few more hours of training, Ben will be able to go on his check ride and hopefully recieive his ticket.

The next step for Ben is being accepted to the Naval Academy, then becoming a Naval Aviator flying some of the most high tech and fastest jets on the market.

Not often will you find a teenager that is mature enough to be able to handle not only their own lives, but those of who I'll be flying with them in a perfessional manor.

Picture of Ben in his Cessna 172 during runup- picture taken by Ross Berry

It's all worth it in the end. All the beautiful sunsets, landscape, and weather makes all the hardwork truly pay off.

Picture of mountains in the distance by Ross Berry

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