Flying is a passion. For the first time in human history, we are able to fly for pleasure. Yes, it is expensive. Yet we almost owe it to our ancestors (whose cravings to soar were denied) to fulfill their ambitions.
I am licensed as a Private Pilot
(a pilot who can fly for personal, non-financial purposes) in the United States and Japan. Like most pilots, I started training in landplanes (airplanes that take off and land on land). Later I learned to fly floatplanes
(airplanes that take off and land on water).
I have briefly flown (but am not licensed for) gliders, helicopters
, and gyroplanes.
The picture above is me as a dock hand tending a floatplane in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Like most pilots, I fantasize about building my own aircraft. My friend is building a 4-seater amphibian airplane
. My dream ride might be a side-by-side 2-seater gyroplane
with an enclosed cockpit.