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At age 20, Chief Master Sgt. Chase Britton has more titles to his name than many achieve in a lifetime. To top it off, after taking his Federal Aviation Administration check ride, a test that determines if a candidate is a suitable pilot, he is a fresh Civil Air Patrol pilot.
When he was 12 years old, Britton, a Los Alamos native, got his first taste of piloting through the CAP, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Though he took a large break in between his first flight and the time he started pursuing his pilot’s license, the passion was always there. In 2011, when Britton was 18 years old, he began taking flying lessons.
Acquiring a pilot’s license is no easy task, yet Britton described it as an overall pleasurable experience. Prior to the FAA check ride, he was required to take part in 45 hours in the air of which 10 were solo hours, and hundreds of hours on the ground, reading a thick aviation manual and attending classes. Before being able to take the hands-on test, he took a theory test of 60 questions, which was based on lectures, as well as textbook material.
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