AUSTIN BOWA, 18 from El Dorado Hills stands next to a Robinson R22 helicopter at the Auburn Airport Friday Feb. 14.
AUSTIN BOWA, of El Dorado Hills, left, pilots a Robinson R22 helicopter along with designated pilot examiner Oren Breedlove, of Sacramento, on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Auburn Airport. Democrat photos by Pat Dollins
18 YEAR OLD Austin Bowa from El Dorado Hills receives a congratulatory handshake from pilot examiner Oren Breedlove from Sacramento after successfully completing an examination flight to receive a commercial helicopter pilot's license at the Auburn Airport Friday Feb. 14. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
THE ROBINSON R22 helicopter, with pilot Austin Bowa and examiner Oren Breedlove inside, heads out from the Auburn Airport on Friday, Feb. 14.
AUSTIN'S FAMILY left to right, uncle Lance Palmer, mom, Shelly Bowa, Austin Bowa, dad, Jeff Bowa, and grandpa Roger Palmer stand in front of the helicopter Austin flew for his commercial pilots license examination Friday Feb. 14.
AUSTIN BOWA checks out the helicopter rotor as part of an examination to receive a commercial helicopter pilot's license Friday Feb. 14 at the Auburn Airport. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
18-YEAR-OLD Austin Bowa sits in the pilot seat of a Robinson R22 helicopter following an examination flight to obtain a commercial helicopter pilot's license on Feb. 14.