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best pie or the fun approach. Just graze
the chart and pick a spot and go there.
The equivalent of the Sunday drive, this
strategy is all about discovery. It's about
finding new places, meeting new people,
and expanding your world. While you
could keep this as simple as a quick outand-back
with a touch-and-go landing,
it's more effective to build on the experience.
Stop and buy some fuel, get a Coke,
and chat up the people in the FBO. Even
better, use the crew car, which can be an
experience in and of itself, and go to town
to check out the staff's recommendation
for the best lunch spot.
Now you can go back to your new
friends at the airport and tell them about
the retired cop cruiser the airport uses for
a courtesy car, the great burger at the local
diner, or the beautiful lake you saw on the
way there. It doesn't matter where you
decide to go; the goal is to meet someone,
experience something new, or learn something.
You're using the airplane to make
life more fun and interesting.
LEARN SOMETHING
Some people learn to fly as a means to an
end. For others it is the end. They learn
for the sake of learning. It could be solely
to check off a bucket list item, or they
could be the type of person who craves
new knowledge and new skills. Earning a
private pilot certificate no doubt scratched
that itch for many months, but once training
over, so is the enthusiasm for aviation.
Luckily, aviation has a nearly bottomless
well of knowledge and skills to
acquire. There's the obvious, such as getting
a new rating, to the less obvious, such
as challenging yourself to become better
at what you already know.
To be successful with the former you
have to open your mind to all of aviation.
Seaplanes, tailwheels, and twins are great,
but so are helicopters, gyroplanes, gliders,
and balloons. If you have a passion for
flying and for learning new things, all of
these will be rewarding. And if you're
someone who is motivated by a desire
to learn, it doesn't really matter how
practical the pursuit is. Never going to fly
a balloon again after you learn? It doesn't
matter. So long as what you are learning
re-ignites your love of aviation, learning
can be the goal.
For those with a more limited budget
or lack of access to other types of aviation,
learning new skills in the airplane
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or refining those you already have can
provide motivation and fun. Ask an
instructor to teach you more advanced
stalls, try mountain flying, or learn how to
safely operate off all types of unimproved
airports. Or keep it even simpler and set
a plan and goals for every flight. Push
yourself to always land within the 1,000foot
markers, practice engine-out glides
to a spot landing, or work on keeping your
steep turns within 20 feet. Whatever the
task, keep it fresh and interesting. A good
instructor can come up with any number
of fun exercises to try.
JOIN A CLUB
We're going to go out on a limb and say
that if you wanted to own an airplane
you would have bought one already.
Airplane ownership is an obvious way to
stay engaged in aviation. It gives you a
reason to come to the airport, provides a
wealth of new things to learn, and it takes
away the frustration of access. But if you
don't have the cash to put toward your
own airplane, there's another option that
provides 75 percent of the benefits of airplane
ownership at 25 percent of the cost.
Research has shown that joining a
flying club is a great way to be more fully
immersed in aviation. Flying clubs can
offer excellent airplane access at reasonable
costs; you get a chance to learn a bit
about ownership; and most important,
it provides an immediate community.
Sharing an airplane with a group of
like-minded pilots is a quick way to make
friends, gives you ideas on places to fly,
and generally makes aviation more fun.
AOPA has a list of flying clubs on its website
(youcanfly.aopa.org/flying-clubs).
Learning to fly takes so much time,
effort, and money that walking away from
aviation shouldn't ever be an option. Easily
rekindle the spark you once felt, and
grow your aviation life with a few friends,
some challenges, a few new experiences,
and a lot of fun. FT
ian.twombly@aopa.org
CHRIS ROSE
http://youcanfly.aopa.org/flying-clubs

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