Today was really a turning point in my life. I took my first flight lesson today, being fortunate enough to have the experience of piloting a Tecnam Sierra around my city for an hour. It was the first time I have really piloted an aircraft. It was an amazing feeling for me, I would encourage anyone interested to go out for an intro flight at your local flight school. Personally, I can’t wait to get started on my PPL! Flying in a commercial plane as a passenger is one thing, but being in control of the aircraft feels so much more special. It has become such commonplace for people to fly off to destinations around the world. Sitting in that little Sierra, I thought about what people would have given 110+ years ago to have this chance. Flying only a few thousand feet above the ground doesn’t seem like much by our standards today. Obviously to people long ago, it would’ve been life changing. I felt so calm being up there, and cherished every moment of it. My favorite part was definitely learning how to do 90 degree banking turns. Today we went over climbing+descending with a specific speed and set altitude, turning to a heading accurately, level turns, and steep turns without loosing/gaining altitude. The instructor told me towards the end that I was the PIC for over 90% of the time. He really only did the takeoff and landing. Today, I affirmed my passion for aviation and am proud to say that I can’t wait to make my own path and become a pilot. I think that this career path could be my niche, I am ready to go for it! For now though, I’ll be just concentrating on getting my Private License. Many people I know, that go to my private school, end up becoming lawyers, doctors, businessmen, etc (all noble professions). Many end up staying in our home city for the majority of their lives; there is nothing wrong with that. I just can’t live that way. I love traveling, moving around, exploring, meeting new people, and seeing different parts of the world. A family friend of mine (who flies a Gulfstream IV) predicted that after I took my first lesson that: “I would be hooked and it would all be over” (in the sense that I would go after becoming a pilot as a career, no turning back). I can’t deny that this very thing happened to me today. In general I try my hardest to live my life without regrets. I know for a fact that if I do not at least give a flying career a shot, I WILL regret it forever. I have such supportive parents and friends, which makes beginning this process so much easier! After having had such a great experience today, I would encourage any of you to go out and take your passion to the next level. You will only regret the chances you didn’t take! If you have ever had an interest in flying–I highly recommend that you go out and spend the $50-$100 necessary to take an intro flight. It’ll be worth the time and money. You will not regret it! Thanks to HOVA Flight Services for my first lesson! Share this:ShareTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint 12 Responses capnaux December 29, 2012 Swayne, it brings tears to my eyes to see you pursuing your life long dream! “The adventure’s still out there, son. You just gotta go find it. You’re always a pioneer if you’ve never done it before.” Do you realize that, with this very first lesson, you’ve achieved a goal that millions have only dreamed of? YOU GO FOR IT!!!! Reply Swayne Martin December 29, 2012 Thanks! I really appreciate it! I know it won’t be easy getting there but I dont plan on giving up anytime soon! I WILL go for it 🙂 Reply Shawn February 14, 2013 hey swayne, This is your awesome photos. Reply martin pratley June 5, 2013 This is like reading an article about my life. A yer go, I took a trial lesson and got hooked. Today was my first lesson towards my PPL. There was no better feeling than today and like you, my dream. Good luck and go for t because you would regret it if you didn’t give it a shot. Reply Shawn michel September 5, 2013 hi Swayne your blog is too good. I am very happy to visit yours flight trainingblog. Reply Anonymous November 6, 2013 Excelente blog man, keep those great pictures and flight reports coming!! Reply Anonymous January 21, 2014 Thanks for the encouraging blog on getting you’re private airplane operating license. Reply Fred Perry January 9, 2016 Hey Swayne, lovely pictures, you have captured all the moments of your first solo flight. I liked the photo in which you are going to board the plane. I can see how happy you are. That’s so nice. Reply Fred Perry January 16, 2016 Great picture and pleasent personalities.I can see the happiness and satisfaction of successfully flying airplane. Confidence of flying aplane is exciting and thrilling. Reply Stan December 10, 2016 Hey Swayne, Great stuff! Could you share a little bit on ground school prior to your first lesson. Reply Ivy Baker April 5, 2018 This is some really good information about flight school. My little brother is thinking about becoming a pilot. I liked that you pointed out that doing 90-degree banks is fun. I think that he would love to turn how to do that. Reply Dalton Cranford October 17, 2018 Love your videos! Great quality and loaded with good content. I have always love to fly and wanted a pilots license. I have recently decided that I want to start from scratch and get my CFII in hopes to teach the next generation the joys and the excitement of the skies. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.