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Catching up with…Clay Presley

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

One of the frustrating things about AirVenture (if one can admit that there are some frustrating aspects of navigating the world’s largest airshow) is that missed connections happen on a daily basis at the show.

Today Clay Presley sent me a short note to let me know he had stopped by the AOPA tent (and I, of course, was nowhere to be seen). You’ll recall that Clay was a passenger on USAirways Flight 1549, which landed in the Hudson river in January 2009. We found out that Clay’s experience in part prompted him to start learning to fly, and he soloed in January 2011. I went down to his home airport near Greenville, S.C., to interview him for an article in Flight Training magazine, and a video for AOPA Live. At the time Clay mentioned that when the article I wrote for AOPA Online was published, he got calls from pilots around the country inviting him to come to Oshkosh. And he did.

And he had more big news: Clay got his private pilot certificate on June 24. I’m excited he finished up, and made it to the big show. He’s had a big year. Not as big as landing in the Hudson River, of course–but it’ll do.