Piloting a plane is exhilarating, but it certainly isn’t easy. Those interested in learning to fly need put in considerable time, practice, and effort in order to become certified. Truthfully, I wouldn’t have it any other way; piloting a plane requires care – and as a certified flight instructor, I make a point of being tough on my students by ensuring that they are not only able to perform basic maneuvers, but can do so without becoming anxious and flustered during the exercise.
For the inexperienced traveler, the bouncing and jolting caused by turbulence can be frightening and stressful; however, it is a common and – in most cases – utterly benign happening. No one should be afraid to take to the air, be it for pleasure or a business trip!
Traveling through the sky can be a thrilling, almost surreal experience – but for many, a trip through the clouds is an uncomfortable necessity; an hours-long purgatory of cramped airline seating and regrettably salty peanuts. In the wake of that discomfort and inconvenience, it can be hard to imagine how thrilling flight can be outside of the commercial passenger experience.