Ever since Brianna Ringen was a kid she dreamed of one day becoming a pilot. That dream is now becoming a reality as she is at EAA Academy. Follow her journey online and in the print edition of next week's Plaindealer.

Ever since Brianna Ringen was a kid she dreamed of one day becoming a pilot. That dream is now becoming a reality as she is at EAA Academy. 

The Butterfield native received a $10,000 scholarship to attend the academy to become a pilot. 

Update 3: 


Today I did a lot of flying, three lessons to be exact! In the evening we got a tour of the Eagle Hanger which is dedicated to the aircraft of WWII. It’s crazy to realize at the start of the war we were flying fabric winged planes and by the end we had jets! This was a very special tour for me due to the military aviation history in my family. My grandpa Les served in the Air Force and my grandpa Roy in the Army Air Corps. Along with the planes, there were many original nose art panels on display. I even got to sit in a P-51 Mustang!

Update 2: 

Today we got a behind the scenes tour of the EAA Aviation Museum. It’s truly phenomenal to see how far aviation has come since the Wright Brothers made their first flight back in 1903. After the museum we got to ride in a biplane. I chose the 1929 Travel Air E-4000, which is the blue and yellow plane I’m pictured in front of. It was definitely a way different ride than the Cessna I’m used to flying! It was nice to get a break from flight lessons today and step back and appreciate the history and stories behind these aircrafts.

Update 1: 

Today we got a behind the scenes tour of the EAA Aviation Museum. It’s truly phenomenal to see how far aviation has come since the Wright Brothers made their first flight back in 1903. After the museum we got to ride in a biplane. I chose the 1929 Travel Air E-4000, which is the blue and yellow plane I’m pictured in front of. It was definitely a way different ride than the Cessna I’m used to flying! It was nice to get a break from flight lessons today and step back and appreciate the history and stories behind these aircrafts.