Tonight I remembered why I fell in love with flying. The skies were beautiful with the sun setting on the horizon, breathtakingly peaceful. I’m controlling an airplane at 3,000’ and below, practicing maneuvers I haven’t done in ages. It feels good again. I’m remembering and performing each task asked of me. I look around at the beautiful terrain beneath me and smile. I’m back indeed!
I walked out to the ramp to begin my preflight on the Champ. I reached up to run my hand along the wing, and it gave under the light touch of my fingers. I sucked in my breath and exclaimed, “It’s fabric!” I admired it and was in awe of the feel of it. My face must have shown my amazement, as my instructor laughed at me with my first encounter with a truly original style fabric covered plane.
It’s an Aeronca Champ built in 1945.
Grabbing my flight bag from the truck; I slung it over my shoulder and closed the door. Turning I stopped and looked at the FBO, took a depth breath and smiled. I’m back; after two years away, I’m finally back to train again.
Here I am looking back at 2015, starring down 2016 and wondering exactly what this next year has in store for me. 2015 certainly didn’t go as I had hoped it would, but in the end, it’s been an amazing year in spite of battling breast cancer, and several family deaths that brought some intense emotional battles to my family.
The weather finally cooperated and I was able to complete my first dual cross country flight. I’ve been trying to get my cross country in for about a month, and the weather has been so wet and windy that it was cancelled multiple times. If you’re a student pilot, you have experienced training delays at some point along the way too. It’s just part of being a pilot, you learn that the weather is always a factor no matter what time of year you fly.
Today was to be my first dual cross country flight. We’ve been trying to get this done for about a month and the weather just hasn’t cooperated. I know no matter what time of year you end up planning cross country flights, there are weather issues to contend with no matter where you live. This just happens to be winter and it’s been a really cold, wet and windy one for us here in North Carolina.
In some ways, I’m a little strange when it comes to change. It’s something I’ve always embraced fairly eagerly. There’s something exciting about change and it’s usually a good thing. It means I’m stretching myself and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. It’s not ever easy but I find it to be exhilarating once you take that first step. It feels like falling once you start and then; once you get your footing, it’s like a breath of fresh air.
The last two weeks of Ground School were pretests for the actual written. My goal was to take the FAA written exam within two weeks of class finishing while everything is still fresh in my head.
The skies are amazing today. It’s 81 and breezy on the ground. I’m flying at 5:30 this evening and I can’t wait to get to the airport. It’s calling my name, and I can’t get back there fast enough.