Georgetown High School student Evan Eissler celebrated his 16th birthday Saturday, Aug. 22 by becoming the first Georgetown ISD Tango Flight student to solo in a Tango Flight-built airplane.
The airplane, N217TF, was the first airplane built by the GISD Tango Flight program during the 2016-17 school year. The Eissler family purchased the plane following its completion, and Evan has trained in piloting the plane during the past year. Pilots are eligible for solo flight at 16 years of age.
GISD’s Tango Flight program was founded in Georgetown ISD and is one of only 11 in the country. It is a high school class that provides students with the tools to build a two-seat airplane over the course of a school year. Students also learn about aviation and aerospace engineering as they work with local businesses. The program was founded in 2016. For more information on Tango Flight, visit the program’s website here.
Thank you to KXAN for sharing Evan's story, which you can read below.