12 Year Old Pilot Flies Plane

In a news article by the CHILLICOTHE GAZETTE, a local Ohio boy is featured after taking a discovery flight for the first time.


Robert “Joey” Bartlett is only 12 years old, but he has already logged the first of what he hopes will become many flights in his shiny, new personalized flight log book.

“All (the pilot) said was, ‘The plane is yours,’ and he let go,” Joey said.

Joey was able to co-pilot a plane in June, even getting the chance to operate it himself as a student-pilot, in what he hopes will not be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The opportunity for Joey to realize his dream came during Air Camp, a weeklong aviation and aeronautics camp in Dayton for middle school-age students from across the country.