Posts Tagged ‘aerobatics’

What’s on your aviation to-do list?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Cessna 182 SkylaneAs fall gets into full swing here in the Mid-Atlantic, there’s plenty of good flying weather ahead. My aviation friends’ Facebook feeds (and likely yours) are full of wonderful photos. Cruising along enjoying the fall colors; exploring new airports; discovering a weekend getaway–the list of possibilities is only limited by our fuel budgets.

I’m reminded that the year is drawing to a close. But instead of regretting the flying I didn’t achieve this year, I look back on what I did manage to accomplish, and relish making plans for 2014.

You may be plugging away at your pilot certificate. But it’s never too soon to start compiling that wish list—a new set of goals for when you have achieved this more immediate prize of being let loose in the sky.

Some new pilots move immediately to learning mode once more, striving for a new certificate or rating. If that’s your plan, my hat’s off to you. A good pilot is always learning.

But if your immediate desire is simply to enjoy your new privileges, that’s great. After all, you’re working hard for this ticket. You will most assuredly deserve some fun at the end of the long road!

So plan now for what you want to do with your pilot certificate. Pick a destination, an event (AirVenture, anyone?), a type of flying (aerobatic? floats?), a new skill, an air race, or a humanitarian flight. Picture that goal, and envision yourself smack in the middle of it, with a big smile on your face.

What’s on your aviation to-do list for 2014? Please share in the comments. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to do some flight planning.—Jill W. Tallman

Just ahead in the September issue

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Listening WellWe’re in final production this week on the September issue, but most of my thoughts are still stuck on the month of July—and Airventure! Be that as it may, here’s a glimpse of some of what you can expect to find when the magazine reaches your mailbox or electronic device:

  • Upside Down, Inside Out: What’s the first thing most people ask about aerobatic training? Hint: It has to do with your stomach.
  • No More Monkey Business: If you stumble, miss radio calls, or just don’t like chatting on the radio–we have suggestions for all those ills.
  • Stop, Look, Listen: Ways you can avoid a runway incursion.

There’s more, but I don’t want to give it all away. Look for the September issue to land in your mailbox beginning August 1. The digital edition goes live July 25.—Jill W. Tallman

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