Tyler Grauer, left, and pilot examiner Jared Bixenman after Grauer’s commercial pilot check ride. Submitted photo


Colby pilot-instructor Jared Bixenman gave the first 18th-birthday certification of his career on July 16 to Tyler Grauer, a Marysville High School 2021 graduate, which took a lot of planning to line up.

Bixenman, widely known in the aviation community, said Grauer came to him for his check ride because Bixenman is a designated pilot examiner. There are not many around, especially in rural Kansas.