Monday, April 03, 2006

Flying

From the age of 3 (me, pictured in my pilot uniform), I've been fascinated by airplanes and stuff that flies. I remember many trips to the airport as a kid when I went outside onto the observation deck and would watch the planes take off and land as long as my Dad would let me.

That fascination remains intact today. I have flown several hundred thousand miles between North and South America, Europe and Africa. East to West and North to South. And the other way round. I always try to arrive at the airport 2 hours or 3 hours or 4 hours early. Just so I can watch the planes. I know airport operations and pilot lingo. I have a basic understanding of weather patterns as they relate to flying. Until I got this particular computer, I had Flight Simulator on my hard drive and flew a variety of aircraft often. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to pilot a Canadian Coast Guard/Fisheries and Oceans aircraft for half an hour offshore Newfoundland. What a thrill!

I have flown on various styles and sizes of helicopters, two-seater planes to 44-seater planes and of course, all types of larger commercial aircraft. It's now been over 3 years since I have flown and I kinda miss it. When my life settles down a bit, I'm going somewhere.

8 comments:

Scott said...

Man dAAve that's really kool! I love to get to the airport early also, mainly because I am an anal control freak who has a phobia of missing his flight (honesty...). But in part also, I love to watch the planes coming and going, watch the people, and just enjoy the anticipation of taking a trip! I have always loved to travel. We're getting ready to go to Phoenix in a week and a half. Rather than stressing out about getting there on time, and things going well, I think I am just going to get there early with my family, and just take it all in and enjoy the entire experience. Man, I hope I remember this in a week and a half!

Thanks dAAve! Great pics of your youth as well!

Mary Christine said...

Thanks for posting the uber cute picture of little dAAve. I don't like flying very much, but I used to like a pilot (one of my ex-husbands)

Redhead Gal said...

oh my, weren't you the cutest??? Did you ever get a pilot's license? Maybe it's time to do that!

AAwoken said...

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http://www.flightgear.org/
Free, cool, flight simulator

Brad said...

I work at the airport and see planes all day long.

Last time I flew? 2 years, 2 months ago.

I'm such a bad aiport employee!

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