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under the hood

posticon Under The Hood

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Back in my aviation days as a flight instructor, we had an expression, “Under the hood.” That was how we trained student pilots — we put them under a hood.

It was literally a hood they wore over their heads. The hood allowed them to see only straight ahead to the airplane’s instrument panel. It blocked out their peripheral vision. The only visual clues they had were the plane’s instruments. They were literally flying blind.

It was often the hardest part of any student pilot’s training.Read more

posticon The Joy of Flying by John Cali and Spirit

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Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever, and we’ll meet now and then when we wish, in the midst of the one celebration that never can end. ~ Richard Bach, in There Is No Such Place As Far Away

aerial mountain views while flyingAerial Mountain Views

Many years ago, I was a commercial pilot. Some of my family and friends questioned my sanity, as they considered flying a dangerous occupation.

Sometimes, they’d ask me why I did it. I always answered, “Because I love it.Read more