Why Become a Pilot?

If you are not already a pilot and are reading this, you may want to consider becoming one. Why? Well, here are a few reasons:

You can’t beat the view!

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A picture I took of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, AZ

Flying affords pilots a very beautiful and unique perspective of the earth. Distances seem shorter, and the world seems more connected; however, pilots not only get a new and different view of the earth’s surface, but of life too. In their training, pilots learn about topics like risk management and how to stay calm under pressure. In addition, pilots have a sense of accomplishment because aviation challenges everyone (of all IQ’s) in different ways.

Traveling is fun!

The sun rising before an early morning flight

Flying gives a person a whole new set of travel destinations: airports! Flying into a new airport can be a thrilling adventure. Whether flying somewhere for what pilots call a $100 hamburger, or going on a business trip, flying is certainly a lot more fun than driving (and is usually a lot faster!).

The Pilot Community Can’t be Beat

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Flying with my Grandparents

Take the first step toward becoming a pilot, and get to know people around your local airport. The pilot community is always welcoming newcomers, and they will help you on your journey. Most general aviation airports have an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapter, or a Ninety-Nines (all-women) flying club. Go down to your local airport FBO on a weekend, or google search one of these organizations and find out when/where they meet near you. That will be a start toward a great hobby (or career) as a pilot! It will be challenging, but it will be worth it. Trust me, there’s nothing more fun than flying yourself to breakfast with a group of fellow pilots after earning your pilot certificate!

What is your favorite part about flying, and what makes it worth it for you? Comment below!

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