Dan Ernst flies 1-26B # 316 at Skyline Soaring Club in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. He started flying lessons in 1970 right after high school and soloed that summer. After college he joined the Navy and through a series of joint training assignments was able to take advantage of the Air Force Flying Club system to earn his private pilot certificate.
After a long break to raise two sons he started soaring in 2005 and bought his 1-26 in 2009. Dan has earned a Bronze badge and Silver altitude in his 1-26. He has crewed at several 1-26 Championships and enjoys the camaraderie and fellowship of the 1-26 pilots and their STARs (Sociable Tenacious Aircraft Retrievers). Dan is a past president of the 1-26 Association.