Us330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3746 posts, RR: 14 Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 424 times:
The article reminds me of myself. Whenever I go to an airport, I am like a kid in a candystore. For some reason I suddenly have an endless amount of energy to walk all around the terminals to stare out of windows to look at the activity outside. I would love to learn how to fly, but my parents are too concerned about the cost and time issues about it.
Dg_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 410 times:
"""Be cautious of the "ab initio" programs that dress their students in psuedo-airline-pilot uniforms, for too many of them teach only to the minimum regulations and only what they perceive you need to know to get a job with an airline. They have a reputation for turning out airplane drivers instead of pilots. And never, ever forget that, historically, the most derogatory term extant for a pilot is to be called an airplane driver. It says to the world that such a person is incapable of truly flying an airplane, only of robotically operating the machinery, sloppily herding it from one place to another without any élan or panache whatsoever. Promise yourself right now that you will take pride in the world of flight and never sink to the depth of driving an airplane through the sky."""
I liked that paragraph I included. Whenever I talk to a brand new pilot, I always try to let them know they should take pride in their flying and what they can do. That is very important! I believe it is one thing that helps keep aviation a very special and different 'lifestyle'. I hope more then anything the Aviation Fraternity always exists in its fullest.