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Batesville senior following passion to become a pilot

Flying planes was not her first career choice

(BATESVILLE, Ind.) -- They say your senior year flies by, and for one Batesville student that can be taken literally.

Taylor Blanton will be close to earning her private pilot's license when she graduates from high school this spring.

But, her initial career goal wasn't to become a pilot. She was planning to be an aeronautical engineer so she could build rockets.

"And then I thought, why build them when I can fly them," Taylor laughed. "I also realized engineering would be more of a desk job and I want to travel."

Her interest in engineering and flying originated in physics class at Batesville High School.

She began flying her junior year and has accumulated approximately 35 hours of flight time. Taylor only needs about five more hours to earn her private pilot certificate.

Blanton's first opportunity to be fully in control of a plane was last August.

"It was exhilarating and it was just crazy to be completely in control of this flying piece of metal. It is just really fun to be up there," she said.

Another experience Blanton recalls is flying on the night of July 3 and watching the fireworks from the sky.

Taylor will certainly have many more experiences in the air as she plans to attend Purdue University and major in Professional Flight Technology.

What's her dream job? She hopes to be a pilot for United Airlines and fly international routes.

Taylor is the daughter of Mark and Melissa Blanton.


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