When people hear I got my private pilots license, they typically want to know why I got into flying. Most people seem perplexed and fascinated, all at the same time, by the fact I fly airplanes. One of the first questions they ask me is if this was always a passion of mine, almost bewildered with my decision to take on this hobby. Each time I’m asked this question, the answer is always the same. “Yes, I grew up around airplanes but never had the chance to actually fly one myself.”
When I was younger, my grandfather owned two flight schools in South Florida. Unfortunately, he died in a tragic plane crash on take-off with two other passengers. My grandpa Lew just finished a lesson and asked his student and her father (a personal friend) if they wanted to take a spin. A few of his employees watched from inside his business as he barreled down the runway. One lady, who had worked with my grandfather for a long time, told the family she knew something was wrong when he lifted off. Shortly after takeoff, the plane came down on the roof of a shopping center, hit the air conditioning unit and the plane ignited. Devastatingly, all three on board perished in that crash.
After hearing this story, you may wonder how did I keep the passion for flying. I can’t quit articulate how but the event did not scare me away. I remained fascinated by airplanes and flying throughout my whole life. It could be due to how I felt when I was at his flight schools as a child. I vividly remember all the people flowing through the operations. There were students, CFIs, private pilots, and my grandfather; who seemed larger than life. I remember several Miami Dolphin players coming through and getting their PPL. Of course, the shirts being cut and tagged to the wall after a trainee’s first solo is such an epic event. The whole thing was just so captivating and I never lost those memories.
When My Training Began
Fast forward many years, I would often talk to my husband about these wonderful memories. I always told him I wanted to learn how to fly. One Christmas he made this dream come true. Although it took me four years to call and make an appointment, I was hooked, once I took that introductory flight.
I began my training in December of 2018 and received my PPL in August of 2019. Going to the airport gave me a feeling I never felt before. Pulling up to the airplane, gathering all my equipment, unlocking the airplane, and doing the pre-flight was so exhilarating. I would get a rush of excitement. Anyone who has had a true passion for something, can probably relate to that emotion.
Now That I am a Pilot
Now that I am a private pilot, I still get the same emotions when I pull up to the airport. What has added to this excitement is flying into the different FBOs across the state. A lot of the FBOs are so cool and they make you feel like a million bucks. In fact, the FBO in Tallahassee is named Million Air. I haven’t ventured out of the state of Florida yet, but I have a feeling that will bring an whole new rush of emotions I haven’t experienced. When I return from a trip, I can’t express the sense of pride I feel. I am so alive and proud of what I just accomplished. Flying has changed my life for the better! It is such an honor to be a female private pilot.
Now I get to share my experiences with you all. I have found a wonderful community who shares the same passion for flying. I look forward to discovering this world with you all and, remember, this is just the start of our journey. Keep coming back here for me more so we can share, share, share! My Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/outflyin_inc/. I would love for you to join my OutFlyin tribe.