C/Capt Emmy Dillon Earns Her Wings!

C/Capt Emmy Dillon receives her private pilot's license from here examiner, Mr. Jerry Knouff. Photo submitted by Dillon family.
C/Capt Emmy Dillon receives her private pilot’s license from here examiner, Mr. Jerry Knouff. Photo submitted by Dillon family.

18-year old Emmy Dillon loves airplanes so much that “edlovesplanes” is her email address.  While some teenagers are content to spend the summer goofing off, on Friday July 26th, this 2013 West Springfield High School graduate and MVCS cadet earned her private pilot certificate at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport (KHWY)!

Examiner Jerry Knouff was extremely impressed with C/Capt Dillon’s aviation knowledge and stated that in the air she demonstrated her procedures and maneuvers flawlessly.

Emmy is a high achiever but her drive, passion and love for aviation are exceptional.  As a 6-year old, her normal attire was a flight suit/princess tiara ensemble as she dreamed about her future flying days.  Today C/Capt Dillon is a solo glider pilot, now a Single Engine airplane private pilot, and will enter Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida as a freshman in the fall where she will continue following her dream.

Emmy started her training with LtCol Paul Gardella and flew with him until his death last year.  All of her fellow cadets and the senior members of MVCS pass on their hearty congratulations for a job well done, achieving this significant aviation milestone.

Doris Gatewood and Maj Hank Dillon contributed to this article.