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How to get your Private Pilot's License

Updated on June 5, 2014

There is something special about soaring in the sky

Learning to Fly is Quite an Experience and a Challenge

This is similar to the Cessna I flew
This is similar to the Cessna I flew
You need an IFR Rating to fly in these clouds
You need an IFR Rating to fly in these clouds
Amerilia Earhart I was not
Amerilia Earhart I was not
Taking off and Landing on the Runway  are the most important things to learn to do well and safely.
Taking off and Landing on the Runway are the most important things to learn to do well and safely.

Learn How to Fly (An Airplane)

I am beginning my adventure of learning to fly with a disclaimer. I know that many things have changed in the protocol of flying but have not changed in terms of safety, navigation and actual flying regulations. I am sure small airplanes have more sophisticated instruments----so you groomed and experienced pilots don't get too mad at me This is mostly about my experiences in learning to fly and accomplishing a challenging goal.You can also learn how to fly if the desire is strong.

Many years ago when my children were very young, their father decided he wanted to learn how to fly. It was kind of a midlife crisis thing--I think. He took lessons and went on to get an instrument rating and teaching certificate. Though I was panicked at the thought of flying in a small plane, I was even more frightened of being up in the air not knowing what to do in case of emergency.

My beginning plan was just to take the special course that is offered on how to take over in case of emergency and landing the plane safely. I also wanted to learn how to use the radios to be able to scream MAYDAY if necessary. Amelia Earhart I knew I would never be. If learning to fly is on your wish list, go for it.

Ground School

After taking my safety course and learning how to land a plane, I thought it best I get a good education on flying and all that it entails. We had young kids and took them places in a small aircraft.

Ground school is a must for the beginning pilot. it is a requirement that is a prelude to actual flying. There are so many things to learn before settling in the cockpit. I reviewed my notes regularly even after I finished ground school and had started flying lessons. Math is difficult for me so when I learned how to read the maps and figure things out I was fairly proud of myself. I completed the course in six weeks and to my surprise only missed one question on the final exam. I was ready for the big flying lessons--- well-not exactly--and with much trepidation.

Main thrust of Ground School:

  • Air craft systems
  • Rules of Flying
  • Aeronautical Weather
  • Aeronatuical naviation
  • Aeronautical regulations

Currently there are many schools you can attend online, if you do not have classes offered in your area.

Types of Licenses and Cost

.The cost varies today from around $2000 to 4000. for your private pilot license. When I took flying lessons I paid only $25.00. for each lesson. The cost is quite a bit higher today. And you pay extra for flight hours to receive different certificates.

Some Types of certificates:

  • Student Pilot
  • Recreational Pilot
  • Private Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Instrument Rated Pilot
  • Airline Transport Pilot

Touch and Go Landings

Touch and go landings are the first thing you learn after becoming acquainted with the instruments and their functions. Touch and go means taking off and landing several times in a row. You learn how to communicate with the tower and become familiar using the radio on the plane. I personally loved taking off the best. There was something about heading out to the sky. Landing, that was a different story. Lots of bouncing went on but eventually I learned how to land the plane smoothly. The touch and go process also helps you learn about dealing with nearby aircraft. Flying is a lesson in coordination and constant awareness.

Never Take off without a Pre-flite Check

Pre-flite check is very important
Pre-flite check is very important

Pre-Flight

The most important part of starting your airplane ride is the pre flight check. Take your list with you as you circle around the plane no matter how many times you have done this pre flight check. The following steps may not be complete for all aircraft.

Start in the cockpit

  • Engine off
  • Master on
  • Instruements are working properly
  • Check fuel gauge

Outside:

  • Walk entirely around the plane and observe and check every part.
  • Check for any cracks
  • Check the wings to be sure they have no problems
  • Check the fuel visually
  • Check the tires

You never leave anything to chance.

Flying at Night is Peaceful and beautiful

Flying at night is part of the program ,
Flying at night is part of the program ,

The Control Tower is Who You Contact

There  are control towers in most airports except very small airstrips.
There are control towers in most airports except very small airstrips.

Learn to Fly

Feel comfortable with your instructor
Feel comfortable with your instructor

Cross Country and the Control Tower

The control tower is your communication center. Large airports have approach and departure before contacting the control tower. Medium size airports have control towers. Some very small landing strips have airplane to airplane communication for taking off and landing.

During the process of learning to fly you do cross country trips. You have a specific destination and you have to plot your course. You file a flight plan with the airport so they know where you are in case of problems. This is where your mathematical ability comes into play in learning how to read an aeronautical map--which you should have learned in ground school. I am quite sure that a lot of this has been simplified, thanks to the computer age.

My first solo ride was from Phoenix to Tucson. As I was approaching the airport I got a voice from the tower "Do you have the airport in Site" I answered "no", Lady you are over the airport right now. I requested a 360 degree turn to lose some altitude.

In the Tucson airport there is no separate airstrip for small aircraft. That may have changed today.

I was getting ready for takeoff from Tucson airport, when I noticed a huge 727 behind me. I tried not to panic and carefully took off. Anyway I made it back safely-- after much ado.

One thing I could never understand was when I called the tower before landing, they always asked me how far I was from the airport. There were no instruments with that information. How was I to know how many miles away? There were no signposts.

First Solo Ride

It was a scary moment when I took off and there was no instructor beside me. I did two touch and goes and that was enough for me.

The average time before your solo flight ( when I was flying) was about 20 hours. Many did it in less time than that. It took me 35 hours before I was ready. However, I quit flying for three months due to a scary moment. I was coming in for landing and the radio did not work. So I landed the plane anyway, which is a dangerous thing to do. You probably know what happened next--- the radio started working upon landing. Do you think anyone believed me?

The Check Ride

Before you are awarded your pilot's license you need to take a physical. If my memory serves me right the doctor checked to see if I was breathing, blood pressure, lungs and heart. The requirements might be more stringent now and a blood test might be required.

My instructor pronounced me ready for the check ride. The designee (the person designated to give the final check ride) called the night before the big event, and told me to fly into Sky Harbor. I had a true panic attack. I called my instructor and he helped me through the process of calling approach and the tower. I headed out for Sky Harbor airport at 4 AM to make sure there would be little if any traffic. I arrived safely. The designee told me to file a flight plan to anywhere I chose. I decided on Las Vegas which was my favorite city. I took off doing all the right things, and ended up going in the wrong direction.I thought that ended all hopes of my getting my certificate. However, I corrected everything quickly and satisfactorily and the designee was very pleased with my quick thinking. I had to land in Glendale Airport which is a challenge with high wires before the airport. I think I passed the check ride because I had such a smooth landing at a difficult airport.

You need to have between 30 and 40 air hours before taking a check ride and this varies from state to state.

I never really loved flying and was often apprehensive about getting in the plane. I had some different experiences that ensured I felt that way. For those who really want to learn how to fly it is possible, as long as you take it seriously and pay attention to details. I overcame a big fear and met the challenge and learning to fly remains one of my biggest accomplishments. And it can be yours as you can learn how to fly.

Final Approach

I am repeating myself a little here-- please note I got my license many years ago and left out many details. And I know many things have changed a great deal in the flying arena.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is something that was always on my bucket list but never got done. Hooray for you for doing this, Carol; I think that's great, and I'm a wee bit jealous. :) Great job!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Bill,,,,probably could not do it today. Had more guts then. We do get a bit more cautious as we age. Thanks for dropping in and the never ending support.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carol, thanks for sharing your experiences with learning how to fly. When I was in college the college I went to for my undergraduate actually had an aeronautics program and I actually took some liberal arts classes with people training to become pilots and heard many a story. So you brought back some of those memories for me. Great job and have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      You make it sound really scary. I do not think I will fly without a GPS and a navigator.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I wanted to do a commercial pilot course back in the 1970's. They told me I couldn't see well enough. Now, I understand that you can get certified if your vision is correctable to 20/20. Is that right?

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Great story of your experiences Carol. I did it many years ago and it was not all that different from what you described. yes there is far more detail to the process, but that was not the point of your story. I went on to get multi-engine, and have a lot of aerobatic and formation time.

      Thank you for sharing this great story!

      Mark

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      What a fascinating read! loved this! I always wanted to learn to fly, but never got up the nerve. my mum and uncle were in the raf, so its in the blood so to speak, I always go to airshows and just sit and stare at the planes! lol! how brave of you, and yeah good for you!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Janine: Thank you as always for commenting and visiting my hubs. I am so appreciate...It was quite an experience and one I will never forget.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It was a challenge and an interesting journey.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am not sure, but it makes sense. If you can correct your vision you can certainly be eligible for a license.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I admire you especially for the aerobatic..I could not handle the Gs..As it was I almost lost it during stalls.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It was a true experience and as I said I felt very accomplished when I finished. thanks as always for dropping in to read a hub.

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      This has been on my "G" list quite some time, as well. I missed an opportunity back in high school for free lessons and haven't had the extra money for such an adventure (yet).

      I actually, hope to learn in the very near future which seems a bit odd at this point in my life because several years ago I had a very, very bad flight home from CA and have since been afraid to fly. However, I hate being afraid and will do my best to get over it! Thanks, Carol, for a reminder of my goal.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You can do it. The most important thing is the desire to learn. Also remember small planes are safer in many ways. You can always find a spot to land them. thanks for coming by...and always, Good Luck and do IT

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      bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Interesting Hub. I have a son that started to learn how to fly. Did ground school and solo flights. I believe he was close to finishing but never quite got around to it. I used to think it was the ground rising up rapidly for the landing that bothered him. Now I think it was the practice stalls. Those can be frightening.

      Thanks for sharing your story, but have to ask. Since your husband was qualified to teach flying, was he your instructor?

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      No way...I took from someone else. Husbands do not do well teaching wives. The stalls were scary indeed. It is a commitment and one that needs to be stuck with. I quit for a few months as I mentioned...but went back and finished. thanks for dropping in.

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      grumpiornot 4 years ago from South Africa

      Cool article. Thanks for giving us a taste of what to experience - a good friend is a pilot and in the next few days he will take me flying in some tiny little airplane. No doubt it will be terrifying, but like you, it is a fear I'd like to overcome.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Overcoming fear of any kind is always good. Enjoy your flight...Let me know. Thanks for stopping by and nice comments.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Wow, that IS some accomplishment! Great Hub. I had butterflies in my stomach reading about some of your experiences!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping in. Trust me I am no daredevil..and really take very few risks.. However the younger we are the more daring.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Good piece, Carol. my father was a pilot in WWII and Korea, then later got his own small single engine. He rebuilt the engine and refabricated the plane himself and I went to the airport in E. Orange, NJ with him many times. I think I was about 7. We flew to Maine in the plane when it was time to move. The possessions were driven to us. I never flew, but dad let me grab the copilot's wheel for about 3 minutes by myself. Good memories!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Nice memories to have. Thanks for sharing this...Thanks for stopping by and reading. Always good to see you.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Carol. When I was younger I really wanted to get my pilots license. I never wound up getting it but always thought that I should have. Now, it's not as important to me but I still wish I had done it. Good for you for doing this. You are right about one thing, when we are younger we are much more willing to be daring.

      Great Hub, really enjoyed this. VU, sharing, etc.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      You are one brave woman, just like Amelia Earhart. Flying solo does seem like a challenging, yet scary experience, but you did it! You overcame your biggest fear and this is pretty amazing! I really enjoyed this hub from start to finish. voted up awesome!

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      go-barbara-go 4 years ago

      Oh lovedoctor926, It will be a wishful thought on my part.

      I think it's amazing to be able to fly one day. Its just that there is this fear I have to conquer first before learning to fly.

      Thank you for sharing, this sounds simple and ignited my interest again in trying some other things aside from writing. Lol!

      Voted up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Bill: Thanks so much...For the sharing, votes and stopping in for a flight. It was interesting..and we do get more cautious..Kind of too bad in some ways. Anyway thanks again..and thanks for my trips to Italy.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for lovely comments. I didn't feel brave I felt scared most of the time. Thank you for dropping by..Keepwriting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is not simple but it is doable. You may want to some day. Leave your options open for anything in life. We never know our next adventure. Thanks for dropping by and votes.

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      go-barbara-go 4 years ago

      Thanks Carol, just like lovedoctor926, I simply admire your confidence and your being so brave at heart. I should say that, because whenever I think of it, it shakes my knees even more. Lol!

      This is really one thing that amazes me with some women. I have to do a lot in catching up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are way too kind. I did the lessons mostly out of survival...I have taken chances in life as we all do, but usually think things out before I do. I wish I always could reach in for the confidence when I really need it. Thanks so much for coming by and lovely words.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      You are one brave woman, certainly braver than I could ever be. I have looked at the cockpits of those small planes and to me, they are a huge puzzle that I doubt I could ever decipher. Congrats on your success and thanks for this "uplifting" article! LOL.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Fantastic extracurricular activity! I am very impressed. You and I would get along great as you fly airplanes and I jump out of them! Although i had the opportunity to ride along in an open-cockpit bi-plane and enjoyed some stellar aerial stunts.

      Thanks for sharing this part of your world. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      "Do you have the airport in Site?" Sorry, what did you say? Lol Carol, that's so funny! Pre-flight check---check! Just as I mentioned in one of my hubs: "Outerspace-Another Day of Flying High".

      I love flying and I love flying at night...that's my favorite schedule. We call it red-eye flight. I'm sure you had a blast of exciting experience. I always raised my hand and volunteer to sit at the flight deck whenever we have a ferry flight. The landing part is amazing and even though I've done it already many times, I wouldn't get tired of it.

      This is an awesome hub. I very much enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I would love to fly someday. These lessons r expensive here

      Am glad you had the time of your life!!!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You should be very proud of yourself! I am proud of you! I am scared to death to fly. I have flown many times, but am always nervous. My hubby talked about learning to fly when we were first married and I told him that was fine, but he would be flying by himself. Great hub, you go girl! Just leave me on the ground! LOL Voting up and interesting. :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Time traveler...Thanks for visiting. There were some terrifying moments for sure. Thanks for lovely comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping in and I would have to pass on the jumping..However Iwill be happy to watch you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am going to read your hubs for sure. Thanks so much for lovely comments. I tried to recall all I could from memory. The landing was always a challenge especially the last minute cross wind..Thanks for lovely comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I was very proud of myself...and fought the fear which was constant. Thanks for coming by and votes so much.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Not sure if it was the time of my life..but certainly a life altering experience. Thank you.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Wow - I have got to hand it to you. I would never have the nerve to do this! What a cool experience and awesome hub!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much. I always enjoy a visit from you. Thanks for the lovely comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You are an Amelia Earhart! I applaud your courage in taking on this challenge. Amazing! I think I would be ok, but have to back up on the night flying. Great story and so glad you shared it here with us.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much. It was kind of fun reminiscing about this..and I did get a lurch in my stomach thinking about it. Could never do it today.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So interesting; a great read but I'm not sure I would do it .Mmmm!!!!!

      I vote up and share.

      Eddy.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Flying is not for everyone. I had a reason and purpose so for me it worked out okay. Thanks for the vote and sharing.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Carol...Good for you and more power to you! What a gal! You've got far more hutzpah than most women.......I'm impressed....UP++++

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I did it out of survival..And I was pretty terrified a good deal of the time. however, I managed to get my license...thanks for kind remarks and stopping in. And Votes and I loved your advice coumnist hub!!!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Very interesting hub! I admire your courage to fly a plane. It gives us inspiration.

      Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for dropping by and nice comments. Always good to see you.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      There is no way I'm learning how to fly a plane... big chicken here ^_^ but I'm impressed you have! wonderful hub! voting up and interesting

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Mama Kim..for stopping by, voting and ...you may be surprised what you can do.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Wow, Carol! That is awesome.. I really do not think I could ever trust myself enough to fly a plane. I'm seriously impressed!! Thank you for sharing this with us... voted up, interesting and awesome :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Jamie: It was an experience..though as I said I could never do it today. Thanks for the votes! How are things going for you????

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Things are going good, thanks for asking:) I have not been participating as much as usual here at HP, so just trying to get caught up with everything and all the changes going on here.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting to know how you came to learn flying. And you did a great job I must say.

      Voted up and interesting, Carol.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Jamie: Thanks for always supporting...And thinking of you..

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Rajan: Thanks as always..yes it was quite an experience. Thanks for votes!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Carol... wow and congratulations to you my friend... awesome accomplishment. I am very impressed.

      I guess I come from a line of stubborn people. I recall years ago when you could learn to fly for a mere 600 dollars. Now it has gone well beyond.

      While in the far north I had much opportunity to be a passenger in many small aircraft and helicopters. My friends were rednecked enough to afford me the privilege of allowing me to fly with them beside me. My excuse was always, man if you pass out I had better know what to do.

      That is the extent of my flying lessons but loved it... oh and Microsoft flight Sim was awesome. Crash and poof you were up there flying again... much safer than letting me at the controls of a 747.

      Hugs from Canada

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for sharing experiences...Flying is a dynamic experience..Today i wouldn't do it. But i did then and I am glad I overcame the fear.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, what an accomplishment! I'm so impressed! I can't believe you did solo flights, too. Flying would be a big responsibility and too scary for me to enjoy it much, as well. Thank you for sharing your interesting experience of flying. : )

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It was always scary and I still am amazed that I actually got a license...Thanks for stopping by.

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      Joan Whetzel 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

      This is quite an accomplishment. I have thought of learning to fly over the years, always thought it would be cool. But I haven't had the motivation yet. One of these years I might yet give it a try, before I grow up.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good for you! How brave you are! I don't think I could do that. This article is great for a novice flyer or someone considering it.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping in. For many who learn to fly....they have no fear or little. I was scared all the time. But I did it.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You can do it!!!!But it has to be really important to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You are sooo brave, I could never do this. I get dizzy if I turn around too fast! lol Good for you!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for the visit Jackie: I had lots of trouble doing the stalls where you are in free fall..

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I am impressed! What a wonderful opportunity. This is a great comprehensive hub with lots of useful information. Voting up and sharing.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      My aunt is a flight instructor. I've thought about visiting her to take some lessons, but I never have. Kudos to you!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Not too bad Carol, but I was smiling next to you. Been flying regularly on commercial airlines (passanger) and the fun began when we reached turbulence zone, for the next 25 minutes, on and off. But you did accomplish something I would like to do one day. Thanks for the fun read!

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      Wonderfully inspiring!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      tammyswallow: Thank you so much for stopping in and nice compliments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Try it and you may like it. Thanks for stopping in for a visit and comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for stopping by...the turbulence that is another issue. I got pretty scared at times.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much...It was an experience.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Wow Carol, I take my hat off to you for learning to fly, it is something I will never do because I can't even use a compass properly and would doubtless get lost in the sky! I do admire you though for doing it and getting your license, well done!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for stopping by Jools99. it is always so nice to see you. It was not without fear I guarantee you. There were some good moments.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Amazing! First, I'm impressed that you got your license to fly...I don't think I could do that, next this is an excellent hub detailing your experience. I had to chuckle when you were asked if you knew where the airport was and he replied" lady you are over the airport right now!" Great job Carol.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for nice compliments. But mostly I enjoy having you visit a humble hub...

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      This is amazing.

      I congratulate you for learning this task and getting the licence.

      It is very thrilling.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      It is so awesome that you were brave enough to take the journey of learning how to fly. Wish I could get up the guts. Maybe one day.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thumbie7: thanks so much for the visit and nice comments. It was an experience.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I did it out of survival as I wrote about..If you are flying with your young kids you better know how to land the plane. Thanks so much for stopping in.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, good for you. I for one am pretty afraid of heights and am a "white knuckle" commercial traveler! I do, however, enjoy the vicarious thrill of reading your hub! up+ and sharing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for visiting, votes and sharing. As I have said many times it was a scary experience, but I had to do for the safety of my kids.

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      K J Page 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I think about this! But I'm not sure...I like feeling the ground under me!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I know what you mean. It was an experience. Thanks for stopping by..

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Whoah! This is my ENVY (lol, in a positive sense). I really want to fly a plane. Now you've given me another hint to learn it. Better late than sorry.

      Ma'am Carol, you ROCK!!!

      Rated it up and shared. Awesome! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you travel man 1971. It was an experience and one I will never forget. thanks for visitng..votes, sharing...I so appreciate!

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Wow Carol. You amaze me. Do you still fly? Voting you up and pinning this one.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sounds a good experience I wouldn't dare take a chance on that you are courageous person.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Not courageous..but felt I had to.

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