I Am a Pilot

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 165 People

    My Dream

    I have wanted to fly since I was 6 years old. I finally took my first flight at 19. I can't say that I've loved every minute of my flight training. Some of it was hard. Some of it made me want to quit.   Every time I wanted to quit, I thought about what I was doing, and...
    pilotjess pilotjess
    36-40, F
    2 Responses May 6, 2008


    I was in a flying club that owned a Citabria for about ten years. (I've already told the story about how I first found this airplane). The Citabria is a small two seater tail dragger, high wing monoplane. It is a nice aerobatic trainer (in fact the name "Citabria" is almost...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    1 Response Nov 12, 2012

    Many years ago I owned a Piper TriPacer.

    It was older than I was but it was an airplane and it could fly. The local airport was a grass runway that barely met DOT standards. It had power lines across one end and down one side. It had three humps in it and if you landed on the back side of the biggest hump you would...
    HippyJoe HippyJoe
    61-65, M
    May 16, 2015

    Flight Over Water

    One of the scariest things to do for the first time in an airplane is to make an extended flight over a body of water. If you are high enough you can always glide back to land if you lose the engine, unless the width of the body of water is too large or you don't have the...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Mar 25, 2012

    Wake Turbulence

    I was on a cross country flight a while after my first solo flight. I was still flying out of Marlboro airport in Mass. in Cessna 150's. Gradually my range extended out further away from my home airport as my instructor approved me for it. One day I was flying near Hanscom Air...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    1 Response Mar 29, 2012

    The Blimp

    The Flying club I belonged to was based at Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale. There are many small airports in South Florida. Pompono Air Park is just a few miles to the north and east of FXE and is home to the Goodyear Blimp. FTL international is just a bit to the south, and...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    Mar 22, 2012
    SkyEagleAndrew SkyEagleAndrew
    26-30, M
    1 Response Sep 9, 2015

    ATC Talk

    This actually happened, no fake! A few years ago we were in New York airspace and overheard the following conversation: Pilot: Southwest 435, flight level 350, checking in. Controller: Roger, Southwest 435. Pilot: Southwest 435, previous center told us we can expect direct to...
    titejeans4me titejeans4me
    56-60, M
    1 Response Nov 4, 2012

    ATC Abroad

    This is something that does not affect US PPLs so much. In Europe, you fly a few miles and they are speaking in other tongues. English is the international aviation language but foreign flyers may only land at airfields that offer an English service unless they are proficient in...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Dec 31, 2012

    I'm a "Flight for Life" helicopter pilot,

    it's something I've always wanted to do. Not many people really get to enjoy something they love as a career, guess I'm just very fortunate. I learned to fly in the Army and was able to then use that experience later on.....not to mention I get to help save people's lives doing...
    aperry30 aperry30
    31-35, M
    1 Response Apr 30, 2014

    Black Hole Effect In the North

    So this winter I was captain on the Piper Navajo based in Thompson, Manitoba.  Let me start off by telling you that the nights here can get effin DARK.  Especially before there is snow on the ground in the fall. So I did a charter flight to York Landing.  Its an...
    dszabo dszabo
    6 Responses Apr 26, 2009

    I'M Not A Pilot

    I'm not a pilot but I think I lots are super hot and sexy. Who doesn't love a man in a uniform 😉
    WorthlessCumDump WorthlessCumDump
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 6, 2013

    Marlboro Mass Airport

    I learned to fly at a little airport in Marlboro Mass in the late 1970's There were two FBO's on the field, Don's Flying Service (Don owned the airport and ran a flight school), and Dor Aviation. Dor was a dealer for Belanca Aircraft and also sold used aircraft they got in...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    Mar 19, 2012

    I Want To Return To Flight.

    From what I was told to fly, you either have it or you dont. It is there or it is not. Aviation runs through my blood rather I like it or not and I am third possibly fourth generation of family that is in aviation. When I was in high school, I was flying. I was working on my...
    proximacentauri proximacentauri
    22-25, M
    11 Responses Nov 16, 2010
    ChillAzGuy ChillAzGuy
    41-45, M
    Jul 2, 2015
    MrNiceGuy62 MrNiceGuy62
    41-45, M
    Jul 26, 2015

    My Worst Two Moments Flying

    I was active as a private pilot for over ten years and during that time I never had an accident or an incident. There were two close calls though where something could have gone very wrong if Murphy's law had it's way. My Parents had come down to visit with my sister and I...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    Mar 22, 2012


    I am a LTA pilot. Lighter than Air, or Hot Air Balloons. Some people do not consider this piloting, but it is flight, and in an FAA approved craft. At a rally several years ago, I was with another pilot, and we flew an astronaut at NASA. He was a nice guy, been up in the...
    ohnudeone ohnudeone
    41-45, M
    1 Response May 14, 2009

    The Crash September 2012 (chapter 1)

       It started out as any day for me would, walking out to my plane, a C-5 Galaxy.I took off as I normally would. I was in the air over the Iran/Iraq border going to pick up a damaged Humvee. I was nearing the base and boom! I started to hear the sound of explosions. I could not...
    Doolittle547 Doolittle547
    31-35, M
    1 Response Nov 19, 2012

    Student Pilot

    I am a student pilot with about 21 hours in the cockpit.  It's taking me longer than I anticipated, but I'm not in any rush.  I like going at my own pace.
    perfectinsanity perfectinsanity
    36-40, M
    8 Responses Nov 10, 2008

    Crowded Skies Near The KSC

    Back in the early 1980's I was working for Racal-Milgo in Miami Fl. I had either just gotten my pilots license or was about to. A co-worker owned a Beachcraft Buccaneer and asked if I'd like to join him on a flight to the Coco beach area to watch the space shuttle take off. Two...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    Mar 21, 2012

    First Solo Flight

    I learned how to fly at a small airport in Marlboro Mass in the late 1970's. The runway there was 14/32 and less than 1700 feet long. The flight school used Cessna 150 aircraft which could easily handle the short runway with ease. I remember it snowing on a Friday with a fair...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    Mar 20, 2012

    Total Electrical Failure

    I've been lucky to never have had an in-flight emergency, but I did have a small scare flying with a co-worker once. Frank owned an older Beachcraft straight tail Bonanza and had many hundred hours on it. He had the plane tied down outside of Banyon Air at FXE, and Banyon did the...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    Mar 24, 2012

    A kitchen sink to you is not a kitchen sink to

    me. Nobody thinks what you think, no one Empathy might be on the brink of extinction They will play a game and say They know what you're going through And I tried to come up with an artistic way to say They don't know you, and neither do I ~twenty one pilots
    Lilred17 Lilred17
    18-21, F
    Jun 22, 2014

    17 year old pilot ✈️.

    Started flying at 14. Soloed at 16.
    mainmummy mainmummy
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Feb 25, 2014

    Best Flying Moment

    So, it took me several years to get my Dad in an airplane with me.  Not that he's scared of flying...he flies like 100,000 miles a year...it just never worked out right.  We weren't allowed to just take aircraft out at my flight school, training only.  So he had to...
    pilotjess pilotjess
    36-40, F
    5 Responses May 12, 2008

    Island Flying....

    Its been a good day today, the weather is good, busy doing island hopping......nice blue ocean with exotic islands....its a dream!
    Johnny509 Johnny509
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Dec 12, 2012

    Two Cases Of Live Lobster

    I learned to fly at a small airport in Marlboro Mass. The runway was less than 1700 feet long with a 50 foot obstruction (trees) at one end and a street with power lines on the far side at the other. It wasn't a difficult field to fly out of for a small single engine plane, but a...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    Mar 24, 2012

    Homestead Airforce base Flyin

    Some years before Hurricane Andrew flatened South Dade county Florida, the Air Force would open Homestead AFB to the local public one day a year. Private pilots could fly into the AFB, and everyone got a tour of the place. I flew my flying club's Citabrea to the event. I came...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    1 Response Nov 1, 2012

    I Am....(just About) A Pilot

    even though i'm 13, my whole life is centered around aviation. I can't get enough of that heart racing moment when the ground falls away and you become part of the sky. i love the feeling of my feet on the rudder pedals, and the plane coming "alive" at the start of the engine. My...
    frigidblue frigidblue
    13-15, M
    2 Responses Nov 27, 2010

    I am a pilot as well

    as an A/P mechanic
    unrated28 unrated28
    36-40, M
    Dec 27, 2015

    Best Feeling In The World

    I wouldnt trade my pilots license for the world--when I fly Im free.
    lovesflowers14 lovesflowers14
    18-21, F
    3 Responses May 10, 2011

    I didn't make this video,

    but I would personally like to thank whomever did......great quality and a beautiful song....Perfect !!!
    aperry30 aperry30
    31-35, M
    Apr 30, 2014

    Minimal Time On The Runway ....

    I was a member of a flying club in S. Fl. that owned a Citrabrea. This is a small two seat high wing monoplane with "standard" gear, IE: a tail dragger. The Citrabrea is a good aerobatic trainer (the name is almost aerobatic spelled backwards), but it is under powered, only 115HP...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Mar 20, 2012

    I received my PPL in 1977.

    Didn't fly too much after that until the nineties Now I'm Commercial/Intsrument rated and working on the AMEL. I love it!
    skycladpa skycladpa
    61-65, M
    1 Response Aug 20, 2014
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