I’ve wanted to fly since I was five years old and hopped on a plane for the first time. In 2007, I took an Aviation Technology course in high school. I saw airplanes in the classroom hangar and I walked into one of them for the first time and handled the controls.
At that point, I told my parents that I would love to learn to fly although my teacher said that it was quite expensive to get a private pilot’s license.
With my parents’ support in March 2008, I scheduled my first Discovery Flight lesson and I loved it. I knew then that I really had a passion to do this and that I wanted to pursue flying in the future as a career.
During August of 2010, my dream came true when I got my private pilot’s license. It was not easy since I had to pass a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exam. I had to demonstrate my mastery of the physical aspect of the controls, systems, and the maneuvers of a plane in the air. Demonstrating my flying skills was the easier part of the exam. The more difficult portion of my exam was processing the information to successfully make my way through the required FAA oral exam. I did it!
Having earned my license, I can now fly privately without restrictions. I plan to work on my instrument rating which allows the pilot to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) where vision is restricted as in cloudy or unusual conditions.
There is nothing like the feeling of flight, of being free in the air. I love the adrenaline rush of high speed and differing heights. Being in control of a giant bird is challenging yet very thrilling and exciting. If you have an interest in obtaining a goal then I strongly encourage you to pursue your dream like I did.