Paul Halyard at Jack Brown's Seaplane Base in Winter Haven

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Paul Halyard at Jack Brown's Seaplane Base in Winter Haven

Paul Halyard at Jack Brown's Seaplane Base in Winter Haven

by:
jtracy
September 17, 2016

Pilot Paul Halyard in a Maule MX-7 Series on EDO Floats taking float plane lessons on Lake Jessie with instructor Ben Shipps, November 13, 2015.

Listen as Paul Halyard recalls soloing his first student at in this excerpt from an oral history interview at The University Club of Orlando on June 3, 2016.

LISTEN Part I (20:03)                                                   (text highlights from audio recording)

One afternoon I had my first student when I was an instructor and I thought he was ready to solo. And lo and behold, I got him out there. It was a Sunday afternoon. It was light traffic. There was hardly any wind. And so, he went around the patch, and he got within two to three feet of the ground and he took off again. He did this like three times, never landed. And so, my old instructor Ralph Lutz came out to me and said, "Paul, I know what you're going through. I had a student just like that one time." "Ralph, what did you do?" "We shot him down." Pretty soon the guy landed and he said, he didn't think he wanted to do anymore flying...

Photo courtesy of the Paul Halyard Archives

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