Think of an airplane as a teacher. No matter what you fly you are learning. Which of you are students? Ask questions, seek stories, enjoy the journey with your goal in mind...but don’t let that goal distract you from the great truths and lessons along the way that aren’t in any ACS or FAA handbook. Many of those lessons can only come from building relationships with those around you.
This machine has taught me so much along the way. Flying with other pilots in it has as well. In the Ozarks last year I flew with a veteran backcountry Super Cub pilot for about 30 minutes. He’d never been in the KODIAK before and he taught me how to get more comfortable with coming in slower, managing power, and building an approach to a short strip when changing terrain is involved. “The best way to make a good landing is to make a good approach first. Follow the river in, here’s a good spot for flaps...now wait...you’re going to have to get slower.” And then his cross-eyed stare when I floated past my point on the grass. A truly fun day! I’ll remember that flight for a long time.
When it comes down to it, a plane is a plane is a plane. And flying is art just as much as a science. It requires diligence, accuracy, and precision. But also passion, creativity, and openness. Other people can be your greatest asset to stepping into new territory and overcoming your own limits. .
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