Country music star Aaron Tippin (left) celebrates Dec. 15, 2013, after completing his flight instructor credentials at Murfreesboro Aviation with owner Jim Gardner in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Most kids dream about getting their driver’s license when they turn 16, but the son of country star Aaron Tippin, who is trained pilot, had loftier pursuits.
And Ted Tippin fulfilled them Dec. 15, 2013, when he completed his first solo flight.
Making the milestone even more special was who signed his logbook upon landing, making the solo flight official: his dad.
Aaron Tippin completed his certified flight instructor rating at Murfreesboro Aviation, a flight training school.
Owner Jim Gardner said Aaron Tippin received his rating on his first attempt and soloed his son the following weekend.
“It was a big day. He’s the first Tippin to solo since I did, and then my cousin soloed a couple years after me,” said Aaron Tippin, whose father was also a pilot. His father signed his logbook after he completed his first solo flight on his 16th birthday.
Ted Tippin "is the first one in the Tippin clan to continue the tradition of aviation,” Aaron Tippin said.
Gardner said Aaron Tippin finished his certified flight instructor rating in record time, thanks in large part to his serious dedication to the craft.
“It was great having Aaron (Tippin) train at Murfreesboro Aviation,” Gardner said. “He’s the nicest, most hard-working guy you’ll ever meet. He came prepared for his lessons every day, and he also brought donuts, which never hurts.”
Ted Tippin took up the family’s Cub plane, which sports a modest 85 horsepower engine.
“If you tell an airline captain that you soloed in J-3 Cub, that’s highly impressive,” Aaron Tippin said.
“Before the solo, we were flying four to five days a week to get ready for that,” Ted Tippin said of his training.
Ted Tippin said he is looking forward to getting back up in the air as soon as possible.
“I still want to fly at least once a week," he said. "I love it. It’s just a passion."