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Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

First Flight Lesson

What It Felt Like To Be In Control... 


I've been corresponding with a future pilot, about the A330 and flying. Then one day last week he sent me an email and said....

"So today I had my first lesson where we learned climbs, descents, attitude, turns, idle descents, powered descents, and constant pitch! It was sooo much fun!"

 

I was so excited to hear more of that first flight, and his first lesson, that I asked him to send me an email to tell us more.

Here you go:

"Hey there! I'm Brandon from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and I just took my first introductory flight along with my first lesson the other day! It was really, really, really fun, it's an amazing feeling being in the controls of an aircraft and actually flying the airplane! 

It was as easy as I thought it was going to be, not hard at all. Being up there and seeing the land below zooming by is quite the sight, being 4,000 feet up and seeing everything. It's really empowering being up in the sky knowing you've done what man dreamed of doing hundreds of years ago, you've defied everything like gravity etc. I'm 21 going on 22 and I wish I had done this years ago but I'm only looking forward to the rest of my flying career!"


Looks like we have another pilot in the making! Brandon, I'm looking forward to flying with you one day. Welcome aboard the journey to a great career. And thank you for the photos. Anyone have some advice for a new pilot, or just want to say hello and wish him luck... leave a comment!


Brandon comes from an aviation background, so it's no wonder he is headed to the sky. Sometimes, it's all about the history. Pop on over to From Private To Professional Pilot, to read more about this young man and his family. Brandon, Thank you for sharing your experience!

Enjoy the journey!
XO Karlene 

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations Brandon! I still remember my first lesson and the first time I took to the skies alone. Those are great memories and it only gets better!

    Enjoy the journey!

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    1. I remember my first flight lesson too!!! Thank you so much for the comment! Keep flying safe!

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  2. Firstly, Congratulations to Brandon on his intro! Just the intro flight alone makes you feel like the person that you never thought you could be.

    I wish Brandon many more successful flights ahead and I too, look forward to flying with him one day!

    Only blue skies and tail winds!

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    1. Thank you so much Jeremy!! I'm excited for Brandon to get his license and come back and be a Friday Flyer! That will be fun. From first flight to pilot's license!

      Blue skies always!!

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  3. Still remember my shock when the instructor had me do the flying on my introductory ride. Scary and exciting both at the same time.

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    1. Scary is exciting! I remember my intro flight too. That was what locked me in. Thanks so much for your comment!

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  4. Congratulations Brandon!
    Wishing you the best in pursuing whatever dreams you may have in aviation! It is a great field, with a lot of people ready to help you advance.

    My tip to you is: Never stop learning!
    You will learn something new every time you step inside an aircraft. It's what makes aviation such an interesting industry!

    Keep in touch :)

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    1. Thank you Cecilie! Thank you for the great tip. And... I'm thinking that you two should meet next time you're in the country. Wouldn't that be fun! Or... we could all come to Norway and fly with you. Keep safe! And thank you for the comment!

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  5. Welcome Brandon to this very elite group called pilots. The journey will be long, but it will be worth every once of energy you give it.

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment Keith! Brandon...listen to him... he's so write. It's worth it!!

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  6. Thanks Brandon for sharing your first flight lesson experience, great work! I can't wait to see a write up about your ATP!

    With your AC history, I can't wait to see where the skies will take you!

    Awesome post Karlene, love seeing people take the controls for the first time, it's an unforgettable moment!,
    -Swayne

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    1. He's a great guy and so glad you had the opportunity to interview him on your blog! I'm excited to watch you both excel in your careers! Thank you for the comment!

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  7. Ah yes, when you incorporate the bird...

    Brandon, keep positive. You will get there and contribute to network the world!


    Just remember one thing (Karlene taught me!): Be the Captain of your life. ;)


    Alex.

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    1. Ahhh....and I think the student teaches the teacher! Thank you for the comment Alex!

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  8. That's awesome Brandon. Flying an airplane is so thrilling special when you have all the controls. It feels amazing as if you yourself are pilot. This is great

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Thank you for your comment! If your comment doesn't appear immediately, it will after I land. Enjoy the journey!