Deanna Flemings, the subject of our “Why We Fly” for the July 2009 issue of AOPA Flight Training, is a student pilot no longer. She passed her private pilot checkride just as the issue went to press. Deanna’s first passenger was her mom. Her stepdad, David Messina, is a pilot who has flown with her on many occasions. Deanna’s next two checkpoints: high school graduation and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Congratulations, Deanna!