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Is learning to fly worth it?

As of late, I have been contemplating my future with regard to aviation. During the past few months I even considered giving it up. With the costs involved and constant demand from family / work it does get hard sometimes.

In the end, I came to the conclusion that aviation has become such a big part of my life that I just can’t see giving it up, but I do have to make a change. Over the past few years I have been talking about getting my Commercial Pilots License. Not so much to make money (commercial pilots know that you won’t get rich flying for a living) but so I could continue to do what I love. Like they say, if you do what you love, you won’t work a day in your life. Successful people from all walks of life say the same, “do what you love and you will be successful

The plan:
Well as you know. A plan is nothing without action so a few months ago I decided to put a temporary stop to flying so I could save a little money. I have used American Flyers for all of my ground school work (PPL – IFR) and so far the classes have proven to be valuable for me so yesterday I signed up for the next Commercial boot camp. Class starts on Friday 3/9 and I plan on taking the written that Sunday. With proper preparation and study I should score in the 90s like all of my other tests.

After that, I will start flight training. I will use one of our club instructors thereby saving a bundle. We plan on starting work in our 172n since it is cheap to fly and then do the final few hours in the 182rg before the check-ride.

After the rating I hope to land some part time flying work as a jump pilot (flying skydivers) or anything else. If any of you know of any other part time gigs let me know.

What inspired this article?
One of the best things about documenting my flights is that I can go back and re-live past adventures. Life is a series of experiences and flying has been a great source of memories that I will forever treasure, and then, I found this picture.

Kind of puts in all in perspective..

Private Pilots License $10,000 (in 2002).
Instrument rating $12,000 (2009)
Years of flying $$$$$$$$
The look on your sons face when he is about to go flying with his daddy… Priceless!

 

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Amanda Michelle (Younkin) Franklin 3/14/1986 – 5/27/2011 Click for information on Amanda