Nick Nunno, 12, can’t drive a car, but about once a month he buckles into the pilot’s seat of a Grumman Tiger airplane and takes flight.
Though he is too young to earn a pilot’s license or fly solo, the Milford resident takes flying lessons for enjoyment about once a month, on weekends or after school, at Blue Sky Flight, a flight school at Sikorsky Memorial Airport.
The FAA mandates a person be at least 17 to test for a pilot license, but does not designate a minimum age requirement for flight school enrollment.
Nunno said he has always been fascinated by airplanes. At age eight, he joined an after-school model airplane club where he and other club members constructed rubber airplanes. He celebrated his 10th birthday with an airplane ride at Sikorsky Memorial Airport. By age 11, he was taking flying lessons at Blue Sky Flight.
“My house is right in the landing route of this airport, so planes are always flying around me,” he said. “That’s how it started.”
With an instructor at his side, Nunno recently navigated his longest flight to the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport.
Nunno said he aspires to be an airline pilot. But for now, landing is his favorite part of his lessons, though he said he can’t wait to learn how to fly in inclement weather.