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Why You Should Learn To Fly.
No. Why you must learn to Fly.

Ever since I was a child, I have wanted to fly. It has always been my dream I am sure many people have had the same experience, but most do nothing about it, and it remains a dream. Many years ago I was doing a taped course ( that will show you how long ago it was). By a guy called Tony Robbins, the personal power I think it was called. A thirty-day course to take massive action in your life.

About halfway through I remembered one of my dreams that I had given up on, to fly and as this course is all about achieving and living your dreams. I decided along with my partner at the time to learn to fly. We went along to our local airfield Wellesbourne and booked a lesion with Wellesbourne Aviation, it was scheduled for a few days later.

It was an event that changed my life and allowed me to experience some of the most amazing pleasures, joys and excitements I have so far encountered. I got way outside my comfort zones and experienced many things that I would not have been able to know in any other way. I got to know some fantastic new friends and instructors who were, and still are amazing souls. I also got to meet up with an old friend, one who I had not seen for many lifetimes, Rick.

I also had the privilege of meeting and helping some fantastic new clients, airline pilots, military pilots, private pilots and students who were having glitches while flying or learning to fly, who trusted a fellow aviator. Someone who at least understood their world and fears and concerns, someone who could teach them what they had to do to overcome their problems.

Flying is one of the few arrears of your life when reality hits home in a big way. You are responsible for everything,. As a private pilot if it goes "tits up," you made the decisions, you carry the can, guess it is your responsibility a bit like real life.

For me, this was a big warm fuzzy. Along the way I had to face and overcome my own limitations, being incompetent, face concerns over life and death, meet my own inner demons and destroy them, fears, worries and anxieties. Learning to fly is a great way to become more responsible and gaining personal power in your life.

Many times I was up there on my own, and it went "tits up," in those days I did not carry a radio. So as the saying goes "If it is to be, it is up to me". I even crashed once that was fun, and I learnt a lot about myself and how our brains and bodies behave under a "little stress".

It did take a while to rebuild the MW5, and I sold her soon afterwards. She is still flying. I will do an article about it. Thankfully my instructor at the time, a very switched on flying instructor after I had dragged my smashed plane back to the hanger, on my own.

Said to me " you ok." I replied, "a bit shaken up, but fine thanks." As a great instructor, he said. "Let us go flying then", and we did.
I ended up flying from Long Marston airfield and for a few years flew years flew from there. Having two of my own aircraft there. I even helped to build one, and she is fun to operate. Due to life getting in the way I don't fly at the moment, apart from bumming rides. However, that will change, and once again I will "touch the face of God."

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

— John Gillespie Magee, Jr

So learning to fly not only allows you to experience some of the most exquisite feeling, emotions and experiences you will ever have, more importantly, it gets you to face your fears and grow. That's why you must learn to fly.