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Adam Barry-Ford puts on his best "flying goggles" impression. Barry-Ford has a passion for flying. Photo by Michelle Stout
Adam Barry-Ford puts on his best “flying goggles” impression. Barry-Ford has a passion for flying. Photo by Michelle Stout

For some flying is just a dream or some superpower they wish to have, but for Senior Adam Barry-Ford, it is something that he is looking forward to doing the rest of his life.

Barry-Ford now has his solo signoff and can now pilot a plane by himself. He will only have to fly a few more hours to get his full license and be able to actually say he is a pilot.

“Being able to be a certified solo pilot is pretty…fly, you could say. The sense of accomplishment is great, knowing that once you get off the ground, you are the only one responsible for getting back on the ground in one piece,” said Barry-Ford.

Before Barry-Ford could fly solo though, there were many different things he had to learn and do.

“I had to spend hours both on the ground and in the plane learning the rules and regulations of flying as well as about 15 hours flying with an instructor,” said Barry-Ford.

Barry-Ford does not plan on pursuing being a pilot as a career, but he does plan on it being a very important hobby to him.

“I plan on flying for the rest of my life, but I’m going to study to be an aeronautical engineer. Flying is a skill that I will have at my disposal for the rest of my life, and I know that even if for nothing more than bragging rights, it will come in handy later in life,” said Barry-Ford.

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