Pilots, flight attendants, air traffic controllers, and other like minded aviation enthusiasts this post is for you. Anyone who has their eyes turned skyward will understand one simple thing: flight is the best invention of all time. The concept of flight just captivates the soul, sending an adrenaline rush and a state of pure amazement. The sound of plane engines sends shivers down the spine, which is also accompanied with a rise in serotonin levels. Jet fuel fumes fill the air as the planes cruise down the runway. For those in the plane the feeling of takeoff and landing is unlike anything previously experienced. Those on the ground watch as the plane ever so gracefully takes off. The landing gear retracts and the plane disappears from the line of sight. Eventually that plane will reach cruising altitude, which means for those on the ground that plane is nothing but a contrail.
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that an airplane takes off against the wind and not with it."
From a plane the world looks so small. There is one reason why, and that is perspective. The sky is a whole new world that gives a larger perspective of what the land and oceans look like. There are sunrises and sunsets, but the most important thing for those with their eyes turned skyward is time. Flight times: ETA and ETD. There is so much to the vast sky than meets the eye. See, the sky holds the sun, moon, stars, and time. Above is as vast as the ocean. Planes fly through time as they chase the sun around the world. Time changes and dates change. Maybe even a few other aspects of time: night and day.
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
Looking up even just once captivates the mind. The depth of the oceans and the height of the skies. It is so different, yet almost pure. Being like an avian -a bird- is why planes exist. Simply, metal birds that perform flight so perfectly and effortlessly. Amongst both avians and planes exists the amazing color scale. Sunsets and sunrises almost appear as if an artist had dipped their brush in paint. That paint was then strung across the canvas creating perfect brushstrokes. Above is nothing short of art, joy, and freedom.
"The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us."
Flying is freedom and freedom is flight. Cloud hopping gives both perspective and freedom. A new door is opened, a fire is ignited, or even a mountain peak is reached. The soul just feels so free, yet captivated. The mind is trying to comprehend how amazing flight really is. The heart is opening up to new possibilities and trying to grasp that understanding. Flying is something that truly seems impossible, but it is amazingly possible.
"This is why we love aviation. Aviation is not just an industry or a real idea, but it is simply a passion and a way of life."
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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.