After the seaplane was securely tethered to the yacht's stern, Lindbergh asked if "he could give the machine a test of his own. Next he asked whether he could ride as a passenger with Miss Hoyt as pilot.....the hero of the Paris flight climbed into the cabin."
According to a newspaper, "When they landed, Col. Lindbergh commended her warmly upon her handling of the plane. 'She certainly has it for flying,' Lindbergh said, and in saying it conferred an accolade - because for him the knighthood of the air is made up of those who fly by instinct."
In 1929, Eleanor's father gave her a Tiger Moth with which she was finally awarded her license - "a considerable joke as she could already fly the tail off the 525 hp seaplane".
Quotes are from Grover Loening's "Amphibian: The Story of the Loening Biplane".