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field or owned a business. When a trip is
over, he does not have to stay attached to his
cellphone, waiting on calls from clients or
patients. He just gets to spend quality time
with his family until it is time to fly again.
Another of my flight school buddies
went to work for a Nashville, Tennesseebased charter company. She flew Lears and
Citations until she went on maternity leave
to have her first child. In the interim, she
started sales and marketing for that company as a way to meet the flexible schedule
demands that a baby requires. It turns out
that her experience as a pilot has made her
the most effective salesperson the company
has ever had. Her intimate knowledge of
and love for the airplanes helps her sell
more charter trips than any of her predecessors. She has never gone back to flying
the line. She is happy to sell the trips so that
others can fly-and she can keep her feet on
the ground with her daughter.
My old flight instructor, who just
recently celebrated his tenth wedding
anniversary, has certainly made a very

successful flying career for himself. He
went to work for a regional airline before
moving on to a major cargo carrier. He has
taken every upgrade and advancement
opportunity offered, and his marriage
seems no worse for the wear. In fact, they
are one of the most happy, fun-loving
couples I know. His extremely supportive wife tells me all the time that absence
makes her heart grow fonder, and she
enjoys the time to herself to pursue her
own interests. And now that he is gaining
a little bit of seniority, she jokes that he's
home too much and wishes he had some
more work to do.
So, here I am, five years back into
flight instructing, not exactly in the place
I saw myself when I got that commercial
certificate almost 10 years ago. I have a
two-year-old daughter, more friends than
I can count, and a very happy husband.
I have been promoted to assistant chief
flight instructor of the largest standalone
flight school in the state of Mississippi and
I am the lead FAA safety representative

for my state. I even have the time to pursue my love for writing through various
aviation magazines and publications.
Although my salary is nowhere near
what it would be at a major airline, I have
the flexibility to make time commitments
to my family, our church, and our loved
ones. I know my decision would not make
sense to everyone, but it is the right one
for me. And I can honestly say I have
finally answered that question-yes, you
certainly can have both a successful flying career and a full family life, although
it may not be the life you've imagined,
and there may be a few sacrifices along
the way. But if you still get that feeling of
awe when your airplane first lifts into the
air-and you also love the equally magical
sound of your child's laughter-I think you
will find a way to make it all work. AOPA
NATALIE BINGHAM HOOVER, ATP/CFII/MEI,

has given more than 3,000 hours of dual
instruction. She lives in Germantown, Tennessee.

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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013
Contents
President’s Position
Visual Approach
Letters
Waypoints
Proficient Pilot
Foundation Focus
License to Learn
Pilot Counsel
Fly Well
What Happens in Vegas...
AOPA Sweepstakes
Aviation Jobs
Gift Guide
Pilot Products
Pilot Products
News
People
Yacht of the Air
Around the World in 25 Days
Aviation Legends Walter Extra
Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted, Unadvised, Unaware
Summit 2013: Meeting Mr. Baker
Technique
Proficiency
Wx Watch
Technology
Ownership
Frugal Flier
Never Again
State and Local Action
Member Products
AOPA Foundation
Member Services
Government Affairs
AOPA Insurance Agency
Fly by Wire
Pilots
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 3
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - President’s Position
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 5
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 6
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 8
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Visual Approach
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 11
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Letters
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 15
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Waypoints
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 17
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Proficient Pilot
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 19
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Foundation Focus
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 21
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - License to Learn
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 23
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Pilot Counsel
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 25
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Fly Well
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 27
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - What Happens in Vegas...
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 29
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - AOPA Sweepstakes
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Aviation Jobs
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Gift Guide
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Pilot Products
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - News
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - People
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Yacht of the Air
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Around the World in 25 Days
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Aviation Legends Walter Extra
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted, Unadvised, Unaware
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 66
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 67
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Summit 2013: Meeting Mr. Baker
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 70
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 71
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Technique
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Proficiency
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 78
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Wx Watch
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Technology
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 82
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Ownership
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 84
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 85
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Frugal Flier
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 87
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Never Again
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 91
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - State and Local Action
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Member Products
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - AOPA Foundation
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Member Services
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 99
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Government Affairs
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - AOPA Insurance Agency
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