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My flight on Saturday was pretty amazing.

I drove through hail and sleet in Everett and was amazed to see the sky clearing to the north, when I could see at all, over Arlington.

My CFI A –, said it was okay to fly but we’d have to watch the weather closely. There were patches of blue overhead, but storms were moving around to the West and South. Bits of snow were swirling about.

We were back in the Evektor Sportstar LSA this time. I did the radio for the first time. “Arlington this is sports start… taking the active… Arlington.” (more…)

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Sitting in the left seat for the first time was both very exciting and very comforting. Yesterday the weather at AWO was outstandingly beautiful and my instructor, although much younger than me, was relaxed and confident.

We walked around the airplane and he quizzed me about what I already knew – he complimented me for the knowledge I had while filling in what I lacked. The routine was familiar and encouraging.

“How much flying will I be doing?”

“Pretty much as much as you feel comfortable with -if you’re in trouble I’ll take the controls.”

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February 19 2008

I have been meaning to write this post for a while, but I have felt like I simply did not have the time. But this is the amazing thing about flying – it changes our perception of time. Of course we are all aware of Jet Lag when we fly across the continent and wind up on the East Coast where it is so much later – but I’m talking about something different – the compression and expansion of time and space. (more…)

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In the year that I’ve been in the air I can’t help but look around when I’m outside and wonder if this day would be a good day for flying. I think about the ceiling, the wind, the rain, whatever the sky has to dish out. Sometimes I spy small aircraft over my head and look up with envy.

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