Finally, after years of hoping, planning, and dreaming, Jorge Navarro is a pilot and an aircraft owner. I have no doubt he’ll eventually realize his dream of flying for a living, too.
“You’re going to meet some fascinating people at airports,” I told them. They nodded as one. I don’t think they have yet come to realize that they will be fascinating themselves.
Literally overnight, a bird of indeterminate breed had begun to set up shop in the engine compartment of my lovely little flivver. Just one night was all it took for a feathered fellow flier to begin to pile kindling onto the face of the oil cooler, in close proximity to a cylinder head, in an effort to establish a warm, safe, weather-protected shelter for herself and her soon-to-be offspring.
There are a multitude of paths that will lead you, your kids, and your grandchildren to a brighter future in aviation. Which path you take is up to you. Finding the right one is a lot easier and far more productive if you consult with a knowledgeable individual who has a connection to the field, not just some random dude who is nearby, easy to access, and tells a seemingly plausible story.
Although we aviation geeks think of SUN ‘n FUN as the start of the fly-in season, the first irrefutable sign of Spring, and a custom-made opportunity for us to get up, get out, and visit with thousands of others who are as intrigued by aviation as we are, it’s actually far more than that.
I suppose it is theoretically possible to navigate the airspace without talking to anyone on the radio, but why would I put myself under that kind of stress and strain when I can simply dial in a frequency, wait my turn, then ask for someone at ATC to hold my hand and guide me through this mass of blue lines and altitude restrictions listed on the sectional chart?
An 800 nautical mile trek home without a complete flight bag is a no go, so Jamie goes in search of some essential items.
Fear is often what keeps many people from making that initial visit to the airport where there is a flight school. The erroneous belief that flying is dangerous keeps more than 99% of us grounded.
Fences around airports mean that the average Joe or Jane not only feel as if they are barred from entry on to the airport, they literally are.
Everybody has a story. Write yours. If not for the wider world, at least to inform future generations of your own family about who you were and what you did while you were here.