Ben Van Handel – Private Pilot Checkride Milestone

Congratulations to 20-year-old Ben Van Handel, EAA 1145612, for passing his private pilot checkride on February 10 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Ben, who worked as EAA’s Young Eagles intern in 2017, showed his dedication to the program by giving his younger brother, Lucas, a Young Eagles flight that same day. Congratulations again, Ben, on achieving this fantastic milestone and for passing on The Spirit of Aviation!

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