The scenery of neighborhoods, forest, and farm fields below. The sunset with all of its beautiful colors, completely free of objects to block it. The feeling of freeness that comes from flying. That is Mila Eberly’s favorite thing about being a pilot. “I know it sounds corny but it feels free up there,” Mila said.
Her interest in aviation started with an eighth grade career project and continued to grow from there. She plans to get a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Her main goal is to one day become a captain for Delta Airlines.
Mila began physically flying planes in March of 2021. She typically flies the Cessna 172 (Sierra, November, and Romeo models), and every so often the Diamond Star DA40 out of Wings Field in Blue Bell. She mostly flys on Sundays during two hour long lessons, but she attempts to fly 3-5 times a week depending on the weather, maintenance of the planes, and her schedule. But finding time to fly can be very difficult with her multiple activities and her lessons may be canceled if the weather isn’t good or the plane is not in maintenance.
“It is all about planning in advance as it gives me an outlook to what I need to get done and how I can schedule other things around school events, extracurricular, and flight lessons,” Mila said.
While she loves to fly, Mila did express that flight school is definitely expensive. The price of flight school accommodations has recently increased “as I pay for not only the rental of the plane and the instructor, but fuel prices as well. A two hour lesson is about $350,” Mila said.
She plans to get her private pilot’s license before college, saving about $18,000, which she believes will be worth it in the long run. Mila is also in the process of applying for many scholarships which will hopefully help her achieve her goals as well. So the next time you hear a plane flying above you, just know it could be Mila Eberly, enjoying the view up above.