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David H. Hersman

Certified Flight Instructor
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Serving the beautiful Greenbrier Valley since 1984


Student Pilots I Have Soloed


 Updated: September 13, 2017

I have always said that flight instruction is a good job, if you like to see other people's dreams come true! It has been a privilege and a pleasure to share in the dreams of so many people. Below is a list of student pilots I've soloed, beginning in February 1985.

    All of these flights have taken place at either Hinton-Alderson Airport (WV77, formerly W59), at Pence Springs, West Virginia, or Greenbrier Valley Airport, at Lewisburg (LWB). So the listing uses these airport identifiers.

*  Pilot's names marked with an asterisk (*) actually accomplished their very first solo flights somewhere else, usually at a much earlier date. Maybe because of a long time lapse, (sometimes decades) or using a different aircraft, regulations, and prudence, required a fresh solo, and the review leading up to it.


    You'll also find a few other notes of local aviation history here.

Name Date Airplane Model Airplane License Airport
Doyle (Butch) Boothe February 11, 1985 Cessna 150 N5964E WV77
John Dowdy June 29,1985 Cessna 150 N5964E LWB
Bob Jagodzinsky September 16, 1985 Cessna 150 N5964E WV77
Robert E. Sheppard October 26, 1985 Cessna 150 N5964E WV77
Terry Fleshman December 11, 1985 Cessna 150 N5964E LWB
Jack D. Nelson December 30, 1985 Cessna 150 N5964E LWB
Jeff A. Ming April 30, 1986 Cessna 150 N5964E LWB
*Edward W. Breit May 28, 1986 Cessna 206 N5EA LWB
Delbert L. Kerns June 21, 1986 Cessna150 N5964E LWB
Ronald S. Wojieck July 24, 1986 Cessna 150 N5964E LWB
Kieth A. Holliday October 1, 1986 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Paulmer (Junior) Weikle November 11, 1986 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Chuck Bradac November 11, 1986 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Dr. Stephen Sebert February 11, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Walter W. Breeden February 25, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB

Name Date Airplane Model Airplane License Airport
Judson Howard May 1, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
*Charles W. Bates May 2, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Dave Fisher May 8, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
*William T. (Bill) Mauzy June 11, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Lonnie Burns June 11, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Gary Dove July 28, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 WV77
Doug Harold July 31, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Randy Scott August 21, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Elizabeth (LIz) Wickline September 21, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Richard Derby October 5, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Templeton (Tempie) Stone October 17, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
*Robert Burdeaux October 24, 1987 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
*Tom Briers October 24, 1987 Cessna 150 N5964E WV77
Bob Ausband March 11, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Mike Francis May 13, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
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Name Date Airplane Model Airplane License Airport
Paul Armentrout June 3, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
*Lee Dowdy June 15, 1988 Aeronca Chief 11-AC N9513E LWB
David B. Snyder July 11, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Victoria Faith Hersman July 16, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Jesse Groseclose August 31, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Emily Peltier September 6, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
David Arritt November 1, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Allen Redden November 3, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Kent Hersman November 3, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Kent went on to become an US Army pilot flying both helicopters and fixed wing. He retired from the Army in 2011.
Michael Carpenter December 10, 1988 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Kent Redden January 21, 1989 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Mary Kent February 17, 1989 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
David Hall, Sr. March 8, 1989 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Kevan Fitzgerald May 22, 1989 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Lori Faris July 15, 1989 Cessna 150 N22648 WV77
Phillip Surface September 18, 1989 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Alan Ferris February 26, 1990 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Gary Munsey February 26, 1990 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Melanie Humprey August 20,, 1990 Cessna 172 N35388 WV77
Charles Lewis September 6, 1990 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB

Name Date Airplane Model Airplane License Airport
Joe Meredith September 18, 1990 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Annie Durrett December 1, 1990 Cessna 150 N22648 WV77
Joe Allen February 1, 1991 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Rod Strong April 6, 1991 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Charles Brown May 14, 1991 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Rick Brownlie July 5, 1991 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Ben Reynolds September 3, 1991 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Robert Morgan October 16, 1991 Cessna 150 N22648 WV77
Robert soloed on his 16th birthday!
Jon Friday September 1, 1992 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Tom Cullen September 15, 1992 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Zeke Lanek September 7, 1993 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Jerry Cook June 16, 1994 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Benjamin Hersman November 26, 1994 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Ben soloed the day after his 16th birthday!
John Garrison February 27, 1995 Cessna 150 N22648 WV77
Ron Pettrey May 8, 1995 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Dave Mayo May 22, 1995 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Larry Kemper August 23, 1995 Cessna 150 N2659J LWB
At this point we spent two years as educational missionaries in Papua New Guinea!
 Flight training resumed early in 1998.
Name Date Airplane Model Airplane License Airport
*Alan Williams June 22, 1998 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Jack Roark June 23, 1998 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Terry Lusher July 18, 1998 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Donna Nickell September 12, 1998 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Hannah Keru December 15, 1998 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Hannah is a citizen of Papua New Guinea, and one of the few PNG women to ever have a pilot's license. There is much interest in aviation among PNG young people. Hannah is now married to Ken Siminji, lives in the capital city of Port Morseby. She is a Christian educator and has five children of her own.
Pete Franken August 2, 2001 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Troy McCoy September 4, 2001 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Mike McClure September 4, 2001 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Lydia Joseph January 2, 2004 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Lydia is also a Papua New Guinea citizen. She is now married to Pastor Titus Tauliebu, and has 2 chidlren.
She is the administrator of Ufeto Christian Academy, and teaches aviation ground school in PNG.
John Gibson, Jr. October 11, 2004 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Tim Sheppard December 18, 2004 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Lloyd H. (Sam) Gwinn Septmber 7, 2010 1941 Taylorcraft NC-34042 WV77
*Gary Morris September 15, 2010 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Kourosh Kahkeshani November 12, 2010 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Charles Bradley January 29, 2011 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Tiffany R. Jagger June 29, 2011 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Xenophon (Xeny) Mucciarone February 6, 2012 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
John Stockie June 8, 2012 CTLS N939CT WV77
N. Joel Thomas October 5, 2013 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Harry Humphreys July 22, 2015 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Andrew Dowdy September 1, 2015 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Andrew soloed on his 16th birthday. He is the son of John Dowdy who was my second solo student 30 years earlier. When Andrew soloed his Dad was operating the control tower at LWB.
Adam Haymond November 23, 2015 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Patrick Pastrana August 4, 2016 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Danielle Price May 15, 2017 Cessna 150 N22648 LWB
Rudy Swatzyna August 22, 2017 Cessna 172 N4310Q LWB

My Own First Solo Flight


I began accumulating "loggable flight time" in the fall of 1976 with Ruth Gwinn as my instructor. I soloed under her supervision on March 19, 1977, at Greenbrier Valley Airport. Several years later, my first trainees soloed in this same airplane, a 1959 Cessna 150.