Happy Flyday, I hope that you are all doing well. This blog post has been a while in the making due to unforeseen circumstances. However, I have been asked why someone should be a pilot, so I thought that I would make a list of 101 reasons why everyone should be a pilot. Enjoy.
1) Touching the sky is absolutely beautiful
2) Feeling the drag of the airplane
5) Cruising through the clouds
6) Seeing the birds fly next to the plane
7) Looking out the cockpit windows in the morning
8) Smelling the jet fuel in the morning
9) That feeling of nervousness turned to freedom in a matter of seconds
10) The feeling of open space
11) Understanding the laws and physics
12) Operating under more than one career at once
13) Solving problems and understanding the smaller details
14) Combination of science, history, and math
15) Better understanding of life
16) Figuring out the different instruments
17) Putting the human mind to test
18) Balance, balance, and more balance
19) Soaring above the sky
20) Dealing with storms and weather
21) Understanding that nothing is impossible
22) Change is the greatest thing in life
23) Getting and understanding the idea that impossible feats do happen
24) Smell of the plane's inside
25) Communicating with other pilots as well as air traffic control
26) Changing life perspectives
27) Expanding the brain and providing a challenging experience
28) Finding that center of equilibrium with both you and the plane
29) The community
30) Bonding with other pilots
31) Sharing knowledge and understanding
32) Curating a safe place for all
33) The tight knit community is so important in aviation
34) Grasping the concept that God has created this wonderful world with endless possibilities
35) Seeing the snowcapped mountains from 10,500 feet up.
36) Flying solo for the first time
37) Taxiing a plane on a long stretch of open taxiway
38) Completing that initial solo cross country of 150 NM
39) Creating and flying your own flight plan
40) Getting up early to see the sunrise
41) Staying up late to see the sunset
42) Communicating with ATC for the first time
43) Realizing that you are a lot more capable than you thought
44) Finding out that one passion can take control of your entire life
45) Comprehending just how small we are compared to the whole world
46) Understanding the complexity of an aircraft, but yet how simple it is at the same time.
47) The new appreciation for something that mankind originally thought was impossible.
48) Truly understanding the basic physics behind flying
49) Singing to yourself when you're flying a solo cross country
50) The reward of passing hard tests
51) The capability of the human mind
52) Knowing and learning your body's capabilities
53) Wandering around the airport and talking to fellow pilots
54) Meeting new people from all around the world.
55) The connections and networking opportunities
57) Seeing the curvature of the earth from 10,500 feet up.
58) Learning new maneuvers and being able to have accomplishment
59) Stalls and steep turns
60) Pulling Gs
61) Landing at a new airport that you've never visited before
62) Walking on the apron and looking classy
63) The opportunities are so high
64) Job opportunities.
65) Learning to live and thrive on your own
66) Flying over different terrain
67) Always thinking critically
68) Procedure over matter and checklist over process
69) Everyday is different, no day is the same
70) Perfecting a landing
71) Learning your limitations and field of comfortability
72) Human beings can do a whole lot more than what we thought
73) There's nothing like talking to fellow pilots
74) Getting to know the older generation
75) Being in tune with your body, mind, and aircraft
76) Learning the side effects of actions
77) Every action has an equal and opposite reaction!
78) Documenting the process of achieving high accomplishments.
79) Wandering minds every time the eyes meet the sky
80) Tuning into a VOR for the first time
81) Emergency training
82) The sound of engines running
83) The smell of 100LL
84) Preflighting the aircraft in the 20 degree weather, but still enjoying it
85) Taking in the whole process and absorbing information like a spounge
86) Passing the written test
87) Thinking you are struggling, but you are right on top
88) Feeling like Maverick from Top Gun
89) Taking new classes and learning more about new things
90) Finding out you are really getting a degree in many subjects, not just one
91) Tying in material into everyday life
92) Dreaming of flying
93) Counting up your flight hours and seeing progress made.
94) Passing 100 landings all completed by yourself
95) Walking the path to success
96) Airplanes everything!
97) Vintage warbird museums
98) Connecting with people you would not otherwise meet
99) Expressing yourself with all things aviation
100) New challenges
101) Accomplishing all 101 things on your bucket list
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My name is Jetta, and I am a student pilot currently attending Southern Utah University to become an airline pilot. Join me on my journey from zero to the left seat.