College student commutes by airplane

ABINGDON, Va. - When Matt takes off for school, he really takes off.

Two days a week, Matt makes the flight between Virginia Highlands and Tri-Cities Regional Airport. "My school's right beside the airport, so it's a five minute walk after I land, and I get there about fifteen minutes earlier than I would driving," he said.

Matt says fuel for the plane is about six dollars a gallon, but the extra cost is worth it because he is also racking up flight time. "I'd like to be either an airline or corporate pilot one day, and the more hours the better," he says.

Before making the return trip, Matt checks over every inch of his 1963 Cessna 172.

It's clear that flying is in his blood. "My dad's a pilot, my uncle was a fighter pilot in the Marines and flew F14s and also a helicopter pilot, so it kind of runs in the family."

Matt has one more semester at Northeast State. After graduating, he plans to continue his education,perhaps at an aviation school like Embry Riddle.

For Matt Reap, the sky is the limit.

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