CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - All teens have different struggles. Some are bigger than others, but most teens worry about when they're going to get their drivers license.
Tyler Huckstep is worrying about things a little bit bigger.
"I'm not too interested in cars," said Huckstep. "I'd rather fly, I'd spend every day all day long in the air if I could."
Which is what he does every chance he gets. Huckstep is only 16-years-old, but he has already flown in a plane and a gyrocopter by himself. It's all part of his training to become a pilot, but it's something that not many people his age have achieved.
Huckstep has been around his planes his entire life. Some of his early memories are of riding in his grandfather's plane.
When Huckstep got into elementary school, he started to learn how to steer and eventually got to fly with friends and family in a setting that if something went wrong they could take back control.
"I was about eight, eight-and-a-half when I started," he said. "Flying solo though is just something totally different."
Since pursuing his own pilot's license, Tyler has logged more than 35 hours of instructional fly time. But even with that experience, he didn't know he would be going up by himself till it actually happened.
"I didn't know I was gonna fly the airplane alone," he said. "I woke up and I came over here for a normal flight lesson, it turned out to going around the pattern and doing three take off and landings alone."
Tyler would also like to thank:
- Skyboard Aviation
- Magni Flight LLC
- Charlie Gosher
- Mike Conrad
- Don Marshall
- Dean Houseman
- Bev Cleair
- Mike Mecrate
- His Grandpa
- Andy Hill
- Mac McCallistor
- Paul Simon
- Carlos Robles
- Cape Copters
- Robert Cork
- Justin Albright
- Airport staff
- Everyone else who has helped him on his journey
Tyler already has his drivers license but said he only drives to school, work, and the airport. He's also hoping to take more solo flights in the future.