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Norwich Teenager Earns Glider Pilot License

  • Katie Brechbuhl, of Norwich, recently earned her glider solo license. Brechbuhl is shown here with Walter Striedieck, tow pilot, left; Bill Stinson, flight examiner; and John Williams, flight Instructor. The glider, owned by the New England Soaring Association, is a Schweizer SGS 2-33A. Christian DiDominic  photograph

    Katie Brechbuhl, of Norwich, recently earned her glider solo license. Brechbuhl is shown here with Walter Striedieck, tow pilot, left; Bill Stinson, flight examiner; and John Williams, flight Instructor. The glider, owned by the New England Soaring Association, is a Schweizer SGS 2-33A. Christian DiDominic photograph

  • Katie Brechbuhl, of Norwich, recently earned her glider solo license. Brechbuhl is shown here with Walter Striedieck, tow pilot, left; Bill Stinson, flight examiner; and John Williams, flight Instructor. The glider, owned by the New England Soaring Association, is a Schweizer SGS 2-33A. Christian DiDominic  photograph

Norwich — Katie Brechbuhl, of Norwich, recently earned her glider pilot license.

Brechbuhl, a cadet with the Lebanon Composite Squadron, moved quickly through the process. She started her training last August at a Civil Air Patrol Glider Academy at Hartness State Airport in Springfield, Vt., joined the New England Soaring Association and finished the training in about five months.

Brechbuhl, 19, became a private glider pilot after passing her practical exam at the airport last month. Brechbuhl , who was homeschooled, entered the Air Force Academy this summer. — Staff report