Sharing the love of aviation with others

Loading the airplane and getting ready for departure at Gaithersburg.

Loading the airplane and getting ready for departure at Gaithersburg.

Being a pilot has a number of advantages: the ability to travel immediately comes to mind. But there are many others, including the ability to share the magic of flight with friends. Humans have only been able to leave the earth for a few hundred years, and so the magic of flight is still something that enthralls us.

Me briefing James on our planned flight, plus how to use the iPad for flight tracking.

Me briefing James on our planned flight, plus how to use the iPad for flight tracking.

Last Sunday, I was able to take my friend James, and two of his friends, on a flight back to White Plains, NY. They live in the city, and with perfect weather it seemed like a great opportunity to share with others the beauty and joy of flight that I so often take for granted. We headed out of Gaithersburg and climbed to 7,500 feet (to avoid the Philadelphia Class B airspace), and then descended into the Hudson River Exclusion, an area of New York airspace where sightseers and helicopter tours often operate. We then turned towards White Plains, where they headed off to the train station with great memories.

Flying small airplanes, as a hobby, can be fraught with perils and challenges: it’s expensive, heavily regulated, and often comes with maintenance, weather and logistics headaches. But the ability to take three people who rarely experience the beauty and wonder of flight on a tour of their home city sometimes makes it all worthwhile.
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