16 year old female pilot makes her first solo flight in Warrenton, VirginiaCongratulations to Elise Wheelock who soloed on April 30 at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport. This 16 year old student pilot is a poster child for the volunteer organization "Women Can Fly". Their goal is to improve the pilot population, especially the female pilot population. Last year Elise attended the Women Can Fly event in Warrenton and after taking her introductory flight, she was hooked! Now she is excitedly embarking on a path toward becoming a professional pilot.
Elise is a member of the Virginia Chapter Ninety-Nines and is also a recipient of a Ninety-Nines Fly Now award and her mentor is Susan Passmore of the Old Dominion Chapter Ninety-Nines. While learning to fly at Aviation Adventures, she is also a high school student dual enrolled at Lord Fairfax Community College. She is considering transferring to Embry Riddle in another year to get the proper training to become a pilot. There is no doubt in anyone's mind who knows Elise that she is and will be successful in pursuing her passion.