Josh Eichel earned his learner's permit to drive a car and flew his first solo flight on the same day in November. The Marlboro, N.J., teenager had been working toward the solo flight since eighth grade. Of his first solo, Eichel said, "I didn't really have time to think I was flying alone. I had confidence. I've been looking forward to this day for over a year now. It was just me and the airplane."

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