If dates had license plates, then March 30, 2016, would carry tags that read “First in Flight for Mitchell Hynes.” Wednesday was the day Mitchell, a Nansemond-Suffolk Academy sophomore, was able to take his first solo flight in a helicopter.
“I’m pretty excited,” Mitchell said before taking flight. “I’m a little bit nervous as well, though.”
Wednesday was his 16th birthday, and that marks the day trainees are able to take their first solo flight in an aircraft if they have already received the proper training. And if any 16-year-old ever was well trained for this mission, it was Mitchell. “I was pretty much born to be there,” he said. To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.