Noah Reitter was given a sailplane ride as a gift in late August of 2012 at Harris Hill Soaring.
The next spring, he joined their junior organization, soloed later that summer, and completed his B and C badges. During the 2014 soaring season Noah attained his Private Glider, Commercial Glider, Bronze and Silver badges. He also crewed at the Region 5 North and Region 2 contests. In spring of 2015, Noah crewed in the 1st FAI Pan American Gliding Championships and soon after completed his Flight Instructor Glider. Noah flew as a guest and in the 2015 Standard Nationals. That summer he enjoyed flight instructing at Harris Hill. During the 2016 season Noah again instructed at Harris Hill – soloing 5 Junior members, competed at the 2016 Region 2 contest and Club Class Nationals, placing 2nd at each. Between flying seasons Noah completed his Private Pilot airplane rating and qualified as a tow pilot. During the 2017 season Noah placed 2nd team flying the Standard Class Nationals (as a guest) with Daniel Sazhin. Later that summer he competed in the 2017 Junior World Gliding Championships in Lithuania. Noah is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree, additional FAA ratings, and plans to become an airline pilot.
- What are your training and preparation plans (i.e. flying the pre-WGC, conference calls, studying flights from Szeged, etc…) before attending the upcoming 2019 Jr. WWGC?
“1) As Daniel said, we are practicing team flying for these 12 days (we’ve already had 3 great days of practice of getting back into the team flying mindset). Other than that I have guest flown a contest at the beginning of the year and flying as much as I possibly can. (7/25)”
- If you have participated in a previous WGC and/or pre-WGC what is the biggest insight you came away which you plan to apply to this Jr. WGC?
“They do things differently at a WGC and as a team we must learn how to fly according to their “rules” and be better. A couple of key ways this can be done is learning flying the gaggle and team flying.”
- Why do you want to fly for the US Team?
“There are two main reasons: one is that it is a huge honor to represent the United States at an international sporting event and two I want to show other young pilots that flying cross country and achieving their goals in aviation is doable with the right mind set and hard work.”
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