"I think [that point] moves along as one's aviation career advances," Eric Radtke, president of Sporty's Academy, says with an amused laugh. "I mean, when I soloed for the first time, I really did feel like a pilot. I thought I was IT. Then, when I received my first certificate, I thought, 'well, I wasn't really a pilot before. But now I'm a pilot.' Then I took my first passenger up, and I thought, 'well, now I'm really a pilot.' Then, the first time I had to divert and land at an alternate airport ... when I got down, I thought, 'Wow. Now I'm really a pilot. I really wasn't before.' I just didn't know enough to know I wasn't really a pilot at that first solo."