When I was 16 years old, 5 friends and I decided we wanted to do something completely random one weekend. So we drove over to the local Bowling Green airport and checked to see how much it would cost to go for a local air tour. We got the information and started calling our parents for permission. Since we all had parents that encouraged us to follow our dreams, they gave permission and we were ready to fly.
We split up into 3 groups, hired a pilot, and each got to go for a 15 minute flight. What a fun memory for all of us friends!
Here’s a few options if you are wanting to get a taste of flying.
If you have a child ages 8-17, you need to check out the EAA Young Eagles program. The program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 – 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. More information here…
Order a FREE Learn to Fly Kit!
The Pilot Journey Discovery Flight video to help you with your first flight lesson!
$5.00 off coupon for a real flight lesson in a real airplane at a flight school near you!
A video of someone doing their first flight lesson so you can actually see what to expect when YOU take your first flight!
Plus a FREE on-line book! This new edition is the convenient on-line version of 8-3/8″ x 10-7/8″ format and 280 pages is indexed with full-color illustrations. This official FAA resource is perfect for those thinking about learning to fly or seasoned pilots wanting a quick review as it is a primary source for the FAA Knowledge Exams for pilots.
Visit an Air Show
Keep a Flight Log Book
Memory Making Tip: Order a Standard Pilot Log Book and keep a record of all your flights. I still have my log book from where I took a few lessons in college. It is a fun conversation piece even though I no longer take lessons.
Once you get a taste of flying, it gets in your blood and you fall in love. Even if you don’t pursue it for a lifetime, it’s a hobby worth checking out.
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of…
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.