For 30+ plus years I have been an aviation enthusiast. I can often be found looking up at the sky for passing planes, going out of my way to drive by local airports and, of course, spending long days in the summer heat enjoying airshows. Since as early as I can remember I wanted to learn to fly but too often had some reason I could not pursue that dream. Four years ago I decided I had waited too long to pursue this life-long dream.
My passion for aviation was strong enough that once I determined that I would not wait any longer to achieve this dream an amazing thing happened. I started to find ways to clear the hurdles that had prevented me from achieving my goal before, whether those hurdles were financial, related to finding the time for training or getting over the fear of trying something completely new and different.
The four months that it took me to go from dreaming of being a pilot to taking my wife on her first flight in a small plane with me as a newly minted pilot were some of the most amazing days of my life. I challenged myself in ways I had not in years. My journey into aviation has opened me up to many wonderful new relationships with people who share this interest in aviation. I now see things from a perspective that the vast majority of people who are landlocked miss out on.
I look forward to sharing the readers of this blog some of my experiences as a private pilot. I hope that I can help inspire just one of you who is thinking of learning to fly to visit your local flight school and sign-up for an introductory flight. If you are like most pilots you won't be able to deny yourself the pleasure of flying and you will be on your way to joining a special club of aviators.