In his young life, Hudson Davenhall hasn’t been one to shy away from anything that looked interesting.
Davenhall, a recent graduate of Los Alamos High School, made a name for himself in two sports and academics. Now he’s decided to tackle a new challenge: flight.
Inspired by an impromptu plane ride a couple of years ago, Davenhall recently went on his first solo flight in an older model Cessna 172 N – which he refers to as the Volkswagen Beetle of airplanes — successfully taking off and touching down.
He now wants to do more with that newfound interest of his.
“The feeling of being able to go anywhere at anytime, it’s super-cool,” he said.
Flying, of course, is a serious business and Davenhall said he’s unsure exactly of where he wants to go now that he’s taken his first step to becoming a pilot. He said he may join the Coast Guard at some point.
For now, he will attend the University of New Mexico and work on a mechanical engineering degree, which he may use to study airplanes and their construction to learn more about what it takes to be a full-time pilot.
Davenhall said his first introduction to the piloting world came from a bi-plane. Specifically, a stunt bi-plane.