Every aspect of flying has brought me new challenges. I remember the first time that my instructor told me I had a good landing. Landings have been the most difficult part for me to learn but now they come so much easier and with confidence. I feel a sense of pride when I come in for a landing and I can touch down where I intend to. Next it was learning how to navigate from one place to another using the VOR and manuevers. I just couldn’t get comfortable with the plane. All that has changed over the past year. November 18, 2009 has been the highlight of my flight training when I flew 4872B solo from St. Cloud, Mn to Duluth, Mn to Brainerd, Mn and back to St. Cloud, Mn. The total distance of the flight was 243 nautical miles. When I think back to that day I still can’t believe that I did it.
When I am flying I leave all the this world’s troubles on the ground. When I am up flying I am not a wife, mother, sister or daughter. I am an individual pursuing a life’s dream. Someday soon when I take and pass my practical test that will change because I will be able to take others with me to share my love of flight. The world looks so different from above. Places on the ground that I have driven past for years look entirely different from above. I have a new appreciation for the winding creeks and rolling hills that dot the landscape where I live. When you see the connection from one area to another in the air you realize the world is not as big as you may think.
I fly because it proves to me that even though I am 50 years old I am never to old to challenge myself to learn something new. The more I learn about flying the more I want to know and the more places I want to go. I fly because it makes me different from others not ordinary, not just a mom, wife, mother or sister but a pilot.