Once again, AVweb asked for your stories of flight training — and you came through for us! Read the best "learning to fly" stories here!
April 26, 1998
AVweb readers come in all shapes and sizes. When we asked you to send us your
own tales of flight training, we were soon flooded with responses. We read them all, and
the best ones are published here. We hope you'll get the same kick we do from reading
The offer, by the way, is a standing one: Simply write a 500- to 1,500-word story about
how you learned to fly, and submit it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you care to attach a photo or three, thats even better. If we choose to publish
it, you will get your proverbial fifteen minutes of fame plus a stylish AVweb
cap! Please check out the rules before submitting your
Here are the winning entries to date. Read and enjoy!
Point of View"
cut this out of a newspaper years ago....it's what made me decide to fly!
me forty-seven years to earn my license, but it was worth the wait!
Cross-Country from Hell"
me learn that the devil is in the details.
... scared me so
much, the second didn't come for another 28 years!
And Almost Last Flight"
early WW II, in Canada, teenage members of an Air Cadet Squadron built and flew an English
designed Dagling Primary Glider.
|B. Keith Peshak
||"You Can't Do
That in a Cessna 150, Can You?"
mixed gaggle of Texas students and instructors decide to buzz the Austin tower on an early
morning "Dawn Patrol."
|Capt. Bill Mauldin (Ret)
Papered by a Flight School"
North Carolina radio station has its tower papered from the air, leading its DJ to become
a 30,000 hr commercial pilot.
||"The Smell of Bird's
... from the J-5's heater,
cold weather, packed snow and mud on the all turf runway but at least the price was
||"A Fear of
... lead one businessman to conquer his
phobia with knowledge, understanding, and respect.
||"Keeping the Ball Centered"
Sometimes the lessons with
the highest degree of "P-Factor" are the ones best remembered!
Spying, and All That Diving ..."
An ex-fighter-pilot-turned-CFI has an endearing but unorthodox teaching method.