Gene's book about 24 years of flying adventures.
Gene & Sue's airplane
Owned since 2000
1966 Piper Cherokee 180
Gene's first airplane
Owned 1980 to 2000
1958 Piper TriPacer
"I live for that exhilarating moment when I'm in an airplane rushing down the runway and pull on the stick and feel lift under its wings. It's a magical feeling to climb toward the heavens, seeing objects and people on the ground grow smaller and more insignificant. You have left that world beneath you. You are inside the sky."|
July 20, 1976
December 8, 1983
1973 Cessna 150
"Why fly? Simple. I'm not happy unless there's some room between me and the ground."|
I laugh more than other men.
I look up and see more than they.
I know how clouds feel,
What it's like to have the blue in my lap,
To look down on Birds,
To feel freedom in a thing called the Stick..
Can slice between God's billowed legs,
And feel them laugh and crash with his step?
Who else has seen the unclimbed peaks?
The rainbow's secrets?
The real reason birds sing?
Because I fly, I envy no man on earth.
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
— Henry David Thoreau
WORD HISTORY: The pilot of an aircraft speeding through the air and the pilot of a watercraft plowing through the water both drag an etymological foot on the ground. Surprisingly enough, considering its modern contexts, the English word pilot can be traced back to the Indo-European root *ped-, meaning "foot." From the lengthened-grade suffixed form *pdo- came the Greek word pdon, "blade of an oar," and in the plural, "steering oar." In Medieval Greek there is assumed to have existed the derivative *pdts, "steersman," which passed into Old Italian and acquired several forms, including pedota, and pilota, the form that was borrowed into Old French as pilot. English borrowed the word from French, and as pilot it has moved from the water to the air, first being recorded in 1848 with reference to an airborne pilot-a balloonist.
"The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together."
- Bill Gates, CEO, Microsoft Corporation
There are pilots who fly airliners, pilots who haul freight, pilots who fight wars, and there are us - the private pilots. We fly our spam cans, puddle jumpers, and bug smashers when and where we choose. We seek out new places and adventures. We fly for the thrill and the freedom of flight. We are the pilot in command of our aircraft and our survival is dependent upon our skills. We are like the others - real pilots.
From a post to rec.aviation.piloting newsgroup by ShawnD2112 --
Aviation is nearly unique in the world as being a professional community which lives and breathes by the concept that the final and, really, only authority in any situation is the pilot in command. I think it's a brilliant concept that the rest of society is weaker for not embracing. The blame and victim cultures that relieve everyone of their own personal adult responsibility do not apply in aviation and, for the most part, pilots willingly behave appropriately. I think it's one of the crowning glories of the aviation community.
Landing a plane is like driving three cars at once.
: the operation of civilian aircraft not under the control of a common carrier;
also : such aircraft collectively