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Ryan Klempin Flies Solo in Flight Camp

Ryan Klempin, the son of Keith and Rosemary Klempin of Chesapeake, VA, soloed in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk at Front Royal-Warren County Airport on July 18, 2011. This was Klempin’s second summer at Randolph-Macon Academy Flight Camp, located in Front Royal, VA.

Ryan Klempin successfully soloed in a Cessna 172 airplane as part of R-MA's summer flight camp. To complete his first solo flight and earn the right to fly without an instructor beside him, Klempin had to successfully complete three take-offs and three landings.

“The feeling of doing your first solo is amazing and scary at the same time,” Klempin wrote in a blog entry for the flight department. “My solo was totally unexpected. All my life I have wanted to fly and I finally accomplished my goal. It was better than I could have ever imagined.” His blog entry describing his experience can be viewed at

Klempin plans to continue his flight training back home in Chesapeake.

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a unique flight program. The school runs a four-week summer session each year that comprises of a flight camp, an academic camp, and high school classes. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.