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WHY I FLY

" It's hard not to go somewhere in the islands
that's not someone's best day. The North Shore
in the winter is exciting-to fly over Jaws [a
popular spot for big-wave surfers] and watch
the surfers and take photos is awesome. The
Hana shoreline is just what you dream about-it
has the coolest airport and you can walk from
there to a black sand beach. "
-Hawaii helicopter pilot Nick Moran

NICK MORAN

Lend a helping hand

Flying is not just about having fun.
It can be whatever you want it to
be, up to and including helping
people or animals in need. With a
private pilot certificate, you can join
a network of pilots who love to use
their flying skills to benefit others.
This can range from transporting
dogs from an overcrowded animal
shelter to new loving families; carrying critically ill patients to medical
treatment facilities; delivering
hundreds of pounds of food, water,
medical supplies, and other items to
areas hit hard by natural disasters;
or delivering toys and clothes to
at-risk children during the holidays.
There's always a need for some
type of assistance, and with a pilot
certificate you can answer the call in
meaningful ways.

Trek over the border

Your wanderlust needn't be confined to U.S. borders. If traveling
to another country is something
you crave, you can accomplish that
even in an unassuming airplane
like a Cessna 172-so long as you
are content to roam only as far as
Canada, Mexico, or the Bahamas.
(You'll need an airplane with a
longer range to cross the Atlantic
or Pacific oceans.) Crossing international borders requires some
planning to acquire the necessary
forms of identification, documents,
and authorizations required by U.S.

Customs and Border Protection as
well as other countries, but with a
checklist and a bit of preparation
you'll be ready to pack your bags in
no time.

Go camping...with an airplane

Think you need a fancy recreational
vehicle to go camping? Nope. You
can load gear, food, a tent, and
your favorite travel companion
into a small GA airplane and fly to
one of thousands of airports that
allow camping right on the property, or have easy access to nearby
campsites. Much like that $100
hamburger we spoke of, pitching
a tent next to an airplane is somehow more fulfilling than doing it
the traditional way. It also gives you
access to campsites and locations
that you might not have considered
in the past.

These suggestions are just
the start of your aviation
journey. Whatever you choose
to do, know that you'll always
have options-and that these
options are possible because
you put time and effort into
becoming a pilot.

jill.tallman@aopa.org

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