It’s been a long road and the end is not yet in sight. But the story is now able to continue today, as I received my pilot’s certificate! Actually, I should say I had it renewed, but after about 8 years of it being expired, it’s like new again. There was a lot of trouble this time in getting it, and the fact they kept shipping my papers to an old address in New Jersey didn’t help expedite the situation.
The Story so Far…
It all started when I was 15 years old starting my flight training at a little airport in New Jersey. I got my first certificate when I was 16. In Jersey, at the time, the age to get your license was 17 (now it’s 18). You can only have gotten your permit at 16, so I was soloing airplanes before I was even allowed to drive a car (even supervised driving). What sense that makes, I know it not.
I took a short break from flying after my flight instructor got a better job flying private jets. I started it up again when I moved down to Virginia to attend school at Virginia Tech for my bachelor’s degree. Virginia Tech actually has an airport on campus, so it was very convenient. However, my new flight instructor wasn’t very friendly and on a student’s salary I couldn’t afford it.
Fast-forward six years and here I am now, with a newly issued certificate and ready to pick up where I left off on my training. Except now, gas prices are 50% more than what they were and I have to train in Cessnas (which are ugly airplanes). My home airport is not the Virginia Tech airport anymore but instead it’s the New River Valley (NRV) Regional Airport (PSK), which is about 30 minutes south of Blacksburg (near the NRV Community College, if you know where that is). It might take me another 10 years to get my license, but I’ll eventually get it!
So, now on to the cross country flights and studying all my flight text books again! I should have my actual license by this time next summer if all goes well.
Keep the blue side up!