Give him 56 days and he’ll become a private pilot

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Mason Schneider is a senior at Cheney High School in Cheney, Kansas. (Go Cardinals). He also started flight training on Aug. 21, 2020, and passed his private pilot check ride on Oct. 16, just 56 days later.

I found Mason on Reddit. He posted of his accomplishment the day after his check ride and as things happen on the internet, it has stirred up a (mostly positive) discussion in the comments section.

Mason was kind enough to answer a few questions for me so I could share his story.

Cheney High School, like a lot of high schools, offers an internship program with the idea of connecting students with real life experiences as a way to learn what might — or not — be of interest beyond high school. Suffice it to say, I think aviation will play a leading role in Mason’s life.

Mason Schneider holds his shirttail following his Sept. 1, 2020, solo.

As Mason gave some thought to his internship, he acknowledged his interest in learning to fly to a friend who also happened to be a pilot. It was that friend who “knew a man (my soon to be instructor) that would like to teach me.”

How he did it

Mason flew “three days a week for about two hours each day.” They used his instructor’s 1967 Cessna 150G which Mason says “is a blast! Best one I’ve ever flown! Just so happens to also be the only one” he’s ever flown.

His third class medical exam was July 24. First flight lesson was Aug. 21,

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