Teen flies solo in ‘high performance’ aircraft

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Teen flies solo in ‘high performance’ aircraft

The Piper Comanche PA24 aircraft at the Cavern City Air Terminal in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The aircraft flown by Payson Norton has 260 horsepower, and a retractable landing gear, which increases the speed of the plane, and a constant speed propeller. Norton, 16, flew his aircraft solo for the first time April 7. Norton’s instructor, Jim Ballard, said he is his third student pilot to fly solo at the minimum age.
Payson Norton poses for a photo from the cockpit on April 14 at the Cavern City Air Terminal in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Norton, 16, flew his aircraft solo for the first time April 7. Norton’s instructor, Jim Ballard, said he is his third student pilot to fly solo at the minimum age.

Teen flies solo in ‘high performance’ aircraft

The Piper Comanche PA24 aircraft at the Cavern City Air Terminal in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The aircraft flown by Payson Norton has 260 horsepower, and a retractable landing gear, which increases the speed of the plane, and a constant speed propeller. Norton, 16, flew his aircraft solo for the first time April 7. Norton’s instructor, Jim Ballard, said he is his third student pilot to fly solo at the minimum age.
Payson Norton poses for a photo from the cockpit on April 14 at the Cavern City Air Terminal in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Norton, 16, flew his aircraft solo for the first time April 7. Norton’s instructor, Jim Ballard, said he is his third student pilot to fly solo at the minimum age.