After a six month hiatus from flying, I am finally back in the left seat! And the one thing that has become apparent to me since starting up again is how the end result of some things we choose to do is worth enduring discomfort or hard work. And this pertains to everything we choose to do in life. If you don’t enjoy it, then why do it? Well, of course sometimes there are things we have no choice in, but with flying, this is something I choose to do. It can be uncomfortable at times – like the first time Kirk pushed my head into my lap, put the plane in an unusual attitude and said “your airplane.” He then gave me controls while I was wearing a hood which didn’t allow me to see outside of the cockpit; so, I had to use only the instruments to regain control, returning to normal and level flight. It can also be hard – like when I have to spend my weekends studying for a ground school test, while everyone else is out having a good time in the gorgeous Tennessee spring weather. But if you love something, all the other “stuff” becomes worth it.
During the time I was not flying, I studied only a little (because I hate to), but then ramped up my efforts as the time I knew I would be back up flying again drew closer. On Monday of this week, I took my first flight in the Katana DA20. Now you might remember I was flying a Cessna 152 last year, but due to maintenance issues, I had to change to the DA20. The switch was what took me so long to get back to flying; but, now I’ve done it and and I’ve jumped back in.
I was nervous about flying again after so long, and especially because I had never flown this type of aircraft before. But let me tell you, I love this airplane! All the line service staff at CFM told me I would, but I still had a soft spot for the Cessna 152. Well, now that I have flown this airplane a few times, I think it is just wonderful. The canopy allows for a better visual, and it is a very easy airplane to fly. Steering with brakes is the one thing which has me a little rattled. Because the nose wheel of the DA20 is not linked to the rudder pedals, turns while taxiing must be made with differential braking. I was a little swirly on the runway the first time I had to takeoff, but thankfully, Kirk was there to keep me on the runway. I know in a few lessons I’ll have that down.
I’m somewhat starting all over again lesson-wise, but I’m okay with that because I’m excited to be flying again! And all the study and discomfort that I know I will sometimes experience in this learning process will pay off with the fact in all the fun I have flying. I guess the one thing I’m saying here is that sometimes we have to do things we don’t like, but look at what you get at the end. What do they say? No pain, no gain?
I’m going to be blogging about my experiences on a regular basis again. So follow me along the path to becoming a pilot, because I am definitely going to be sharing some interesting stories, on life in the left seat, and life in general.