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Learning To Fly For Fun - Can I Do This?
By Kyle Garrett
Learning to fly is an exciting experience. On the surface it can seem inconceivable that flying could be fun or not impossibly difficult. The truth is, flying is complex and technical, but not beyond the abilities of the average person. Yes, some pilots are born with a stick in their hand, but just as many pilots, if not more, simply put in the hours to learn a skill.
Learning to fly is fun and exciting
Even now, there is a certain romance to flying. The idea that you could be halfway across the country in just a few hours has a way of making you feel less restricted. In fact, things as simple as getting lunch take on a whole new meaning. The easiest way to describe it is fun. The important thing to understand is that the fun isn't reserved for those that pass the test. Sure there will be times where you feel like you're struggling, but there are just as many times you'll look out over the nose and realize, "I'm flying and I feel great!"
Learning to fly isn't too difficult
This isn't meant to suggest that learning to fly doesn't require a lot of time and effort, but rather to reassure you that you can do it. Anyone willing to commit the time and effort to studying, flying, and practicing the required skills can learn to fly. It is important to remember that everyone is different and for every pilot that sails through flight training, there are many other pilots who spent hundreds of hours learning to fly. In the end, whether you sail through or it takes 200 hours, you're a pilot and that's all that matters.
Learning to fly isn't too expensive
The honest truth is the most difficult thing about learning to fly is not running out of money. You probably won't pay for your flight training by collecting cans, but you can manage flying costs to fit almost any budget. If you pace yourself and make good choices there is no reason to assume you can't afford to fly.
Honestly, the perks of learning to fly outweigh the difficulties by such a margin that there's really no reason not to give it a shot. On the outside it may seem hopelessly difficult, but you'll find once you get started it is a skill that anyone can learn and the excitement and fun of learning to fly will have you hooked in no time.