Woman first to earn pilot's license through new program

Woman first to earn pilot's license through new program

MELBOURNE, AR (KAIT) - An Ozarka College student is literally flying high.

Alexandra "Sasha" Rohder became the first student to earn a pilot certificate in the college's continuing education program.

In addition to classes, Rohder had to complete several tests including an extensive oral exam and flight demonstration. She completed her practical examination in Searcy to earn her private pilot certificate.

"We could not be more proud of Sasha," said Nick Lenczycki, director of aviation and flight instructor at Ozarka College. "She has worked hard and has been extremely diligent. Becoming a pilot is not something that is just given; it is earned."

Two days after becoming a pilot, Rohder enlisted in the Army National Guard. She began classes at the University of Central Missouri on Aug. 15 with plans to continue training while at UCM with hopes of becoming a Blackhawk helicopter pilot.

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