Top 5 Reasons to Learn How to fly

By Matthew Everett

Learning to fly is one of the most difficult and rewarding things I’ve ever done, but I have to be honest, not everyone enjoys volunteering to pay money to risk their life. I had plenty of people giving me funny looks as I spent days and weeks studying for the exam. The bottom line though is that I wouldn’t go back; flying has paid me back in ways to numerous to name. From the new people I’ve met from all over the country to the relaxing hum of the engine on another long cross country, I’m grateful for every moment spent pursuing flight.

One of the most common questions I faced throughout my training, probably due in part to the fact that I didn’t aspire to fly for airlines, was “Why? Isn’t that an awful lot of trouble?” Recently, I spent some time considering why anyone would want to learn to fly, and I’d like to offer Five Reasons To Learn To Fly. In the article I consider social, personal, and career incentives for learning to fly, feel free to give it a read and send us some feedback.

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Matthew Everett is a private pilot, aviation writer, and frequent contributor to You can follow him on twitter @leaving_tf or find his blog at

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