Do you have a dream of becoming a pilot? Well, you are certainly not alone.
More than 500 years ago, the artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci was inspired by birds into conceptualising flying machines. Our guess is that many more before him were also fascinated by these magnificent creatures soaring through the skies, but it was first on December 17th, 1903 that Wilbur and Orville Wright were credited with making the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered aircraft in North Carolina.
Since then there has been major developments in aviation. It is now easier than ever to experience the joy of flying and air travel is something that we perceive as a natural part of our lives.
But what is like to be the one behind the controls? To actually be the pilot of an aircraft and assume all of the responsibilities that comes with it? That is what I hope to explain in this blog post.
5. You get to show your friends a family a whole new world
Just like going underneath the water surface with your scubadiving gear, being airborne and in control opens up a whole new world that you haven't experienced before. And the best part? You can bring your friends and family with you!
(Not to mention that your options for taking someone on a date becomes a lot more exciting...)
4. It's challenging and rewarding
Let's face it, becoming a pilot is not as complicated as becoming an astronaut. But it's not the easiest task you will be faced with either! The great thing about challenges however, is that when you overcome obstacles and gain new skills and knowledge, it comes with an incredible sense of achievement and a boost of confidence.
Not sure if you're going to like it? Visit OSMAA in Sweden on one of our Pilot Open Days and schedule an intro lesson with one of our instructors.
3. Career or Hobby - The "office view" is unbeatable
Torrey Pines golf course (above) in San Diego is beautiful from the ground. From a birds eye it looks even more spectacular with the California coastline in the backdrop and the surfers waiting for the perfect wave.
It doesn't matter if your aim is to become a professional pilot or if you simply want to fly for fun. Nothing beats climbing through the cloud layer on a gray winter morning and being reminded that above the clouds the sun is always shining. It has been claimed (although not scientifically proven) that pilots are in general happier during periods of bad weather, since they get to see the sun every day regardless.
2. Your first solo flight
As an instructor I get to relive this experience every single year. Of course my own first solo flight was an amazing experience that I will never forget. It was a rush of adrenaline and endorphines as I started up the Piper Cherokee (PA28) and started preparing for my first flight all by myself. And the feeling I had when the wheels left the ground is impossible to describe with words.
Seeing the same joy and excitement in the eyes of a student going for his or her first solo flight takes me back to that moment. It is one of the most rewarding experiences for both student and instructor. An experience that stands unrivaled to this day.
1. You will develop your leadership skills
Taking command of an aircraft, large or small, requires you to make decisions and take responsibility for the outcome of those decisions. Your instructor will be there to support you every step of the way of course. But as soon as you master one element you will be introduced to something new.
The Flight Instructors job is to help you get to the next level, overcome obstacles and become more knowledgeable and confident in the decisions you make. It is a fun and challenging process that will enable you to learn a lot about your own strengths and weaknesses. Along the way you will become a better decision maker, more confident and even more self-aware.
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