Do you look up when you hear the sound aero engines overhead? Do you stop and pause to watch as a small plane, microlight or glider makes its slow but steady way across the sky? What inspired you to learn to fly?
There are many reasons why people take up flying lessons. For some they are fulfilling a lifelong dream inspired by the play and imagination of youth. Some students are starting a career in aviation and the PPL is the first in a long line of steps to cockpit of an airliner, while for others it’s because someone bought them a flight experience gift as a present or they went on a pleasure flight at an air show and have since decided that they would like to learn to fly, to be in control of the aircraft and to explore the world above.
Whatever your personal reasons it’s worth remembering them as they will be of some use to you if and when you find the going and little difficult. Learning to pilot an aeroplane is within the reach of most people, but there are challenges to face and lessons to learn and if you find yourself feeling despondent because you’ve just botched your sixth landing in a row or because you just can’t get the hang of the One in Sixty Rule then take heart by remembering why you embarked on this journey in the first place.
Books are also a source of inspiration for fledgling aviators. The biographies and stories of the early aviation pioneers, the incredible tales of air combat by young pilots in the Second World War and other conflicts, and the simple but profound pleasures of pilots who fly their small planes all over the world are all to be found on the bookshelves of flyers. As you read these stories while you learn to fly you will find yourself there in the cockpit with the author.
You’ll be able to understand the stories which much greater clarity and a far deeper appreciation of the sensations that the author tries to describe.