3 local students reach milestones with Ozarka College’s flight training


Three students from North Central Arkansas have reached milestones with Ozarka College’s aviation program.

Taylor Carmichael of Mountain Home has officially soloed. Carmichael’s future plans are to work his way up to a cargo airline.



Photo: Taylor Carmichael (right) after landing his solo flight shaking hands with instructor Dr. Garrett Stice.

When asked what it was like soloing, Taylor says, “It was actually a relief.” His instructor Garrett Stice says, “We’re very proud of Taylor’s accomplishment of flying solo and his determination to earn his pilot certificate.”

C.J. Lotspeich of Melbourne has also officially soloed. Lotspeich’s future plans are to teach others to fly.



Photo: C.J. Lotspeich after landing her solo flight shaking hands with instructor Simeon Sapp.

When asked what it was like soloing, Lotspeich says, “It was like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.” Her instructor Simeon Sapp says, “C.J. has been a fantastic and hardworking student, and I believe this is just one of many great accomplishments to come.”

The third local student to official solo is Andrew Gunther of Melbourne. Gunther’s future plans are to earn his certified flight instructor license and become an aviation instructor.



Photo: Andrew Gunther (left) after landing his solo flight shaking hands with instructor John Catlett.

When asked what it was like soloing, Gunther says, “It was crazy. I have never had a bigger adrenaline rush.” His instructor John Catlett says, “Andrew is very persistent with his flight training. I look forward to working with Andrew in the future.”

Upon completion of Ozarka’s FAA approved Part 141 flight school, students have the opportunity to complete the multi-engine commercial training at Ozarka College.

For more information about flight training at Ozarka College or the aviation program, call Catlett, director of Aviation, at 870-368-2391 or email flying@ozarka.edu. Discovery flights may also be scheduled with the Ozarka College aviation program.

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