A good pilot is always learning

Over the skies of Wisconsin.

Over the skies of Wisconsin. (Photo Credit: Larry Garfield)

It’s been more than three months since the last time I flew with an instructor (my friend Joe Fox, who did an instrument proficiency check with me). And yet, it seems like on every flight, I learn something new.

The wonderful thing about aviation, and about flying on a regular basis, is that no two flights are the same. There’s no such thing as a “routine” flight from Point A to Point B. Even a flight that involves traveling between two airports I’ve been to dozens of times before, there’s always something new to learn.

Of course, it’s possible to miss the lessons, to ignore the opportunities to get better, to ask questions, to self-evaluate. But to become a better pilot, it’s up to us to grasp these lessons, to grow from our mistakes, and to recognize that no matter how many hours we have, the “perfect flight” will always elude us. Good pilots embrace the lessons, accept the challenges, and are better for it.