Utah teen trains for helicopter pilot's license

Utah teen trains for helicopter pilot's license

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A Mendon teenager is en route to achieving his dream from the cockpit of a helicopter.

Luke Houghton, 13, has been training for a pilot's license for two years. His goal is to one day fly medical rescue helicopters.

Mountain Ridge Helicopters flight instructor Jesse Munns says Luke shows uncommon skill and determination for his age. He says the teen is a "very solid flyer."

Regulations prevent Luke from obtaining a pilot's license until he's at least 16. In the meantime, he takes lessons, practices on a computer flight simulator and absorbs books about flight regulations and techniques.

Parents Brenda and Mike Houghton say they have complete confidence in Luke. Mike Houghton says he's flown with his son and was impressed with his steadiness and focus.


Information from: The Herald Journal

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