August 18, 2004

The Joy of Flying

I went flying for the first time in over a week tonight. Actually, I have flown four times in the past week but all commercally. I still love to fly commercially but, am learning that to really enjoy flying, you need to be in a smaller plane. Tonight I flew around Cincinnati with the windows open enjoying the breeze and the beautiful view from above.

I am currently reading A Gift of Wings by Richard Bach, which was a gift from my wife. It was this book that inspired me to open the windows and enjoy flying with the wind in my hair. His book of short stories include tales of his days barnstorming across America in an open cockpit of his bi-plane, adventures in his Piper Cub, and a few stories from his military days. He often writes that the point of flying is to live. He writes when he is flying, "I am living".

While at a wedding this weekend, I shared some of my tales of learning to fly. I was often asked the question why I wanted to fly. Was it to save money? To get somewhere? Why? The more I have thought about it the reason I learned to fly is not all that different than most pilots or Richard Bach's. I do it to live. To enjoy the most of life. Flying is a new and great challenge that I enjoy immensly. I am sure it will take me to places I would not have gone and it may even allow me to travel more efficiently at times but in the end it will be for pure satisfaction of flying.

Posted by tmacrock at August 18, 2004 10:58 PM

Amen!! For those who have never experienced flight in a small plane in the left seat, you are missing out. I love this quote:

..."and once you have tasted flight, you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you long to return" DaVinci

That never seemed so true until my first discovery flight.

Thanks for continuing the blog post PPL. Still enjoying and learning from it.

Posted by: John at August 19, 2004 2:12 PM

John - Great quoate from DaVinci - So True.

Posted by: Todd at August 20, 2004 9:45 AM

So often, people don't understand why you would choose to do something if there's no opportunity for personal or financial gain, but sometimes you just need a challenge to overcome. One of the best ways to exercise your mind is to constantly expose it to new and different experiences, and flying definitely seems like it's doing that for you. Congratulations for pursuing a dream and following it through to completion.

Posted by: Mike at August 20, 2004 4:24 PM

Thanks Mike - I think you are right on about needing to expose oneself to new experiences.

Posted by: Todd at August 21, 2004 12:39 PM