For the past six weeks I’ve been working on getting my private pilots license over at Freemont County Airport near Canyon City, CO. We’re flying a 1970’s Cessna 172. My instructor is Mike Dulaney, former Sheriff in Jackson Hole, WY. With over 4000 hours of flight time, Mike is an amazing instructor. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable, but because he’s an older gentleman, he has the patience to put up with all my f-ups in flight! So thanks to Mike for working with me and helping me achieve a life long dream.
Flying is quite an expensive hobby, and for me that’s just what it is. I have zero intentions of flying commercially. I really just want to take my friends and family up with me, and my 90lb Rottweiler Tangerine of course. As a freelance designer/artist, I don’t really make that much money. Any knows as a freelancer, some months are good, some months are really really bad. The difference is I spend my money wisely and I figure out how to make it work. I didn’t have $8500 laying around to spend on a pilots license, so I pay as I go. I fly one to two times per week, depending on the weather. At $140 per hour for the plane and instructor, flying three hours per week adds up really quick.
My fiance and I are currently in the market of purchasing a home. I made it crystal clear that I’ll start saving for a down payment on a house as soon as this license is done. Priorities ya know! I mentioned that buying a plane and a hanger was cheaper than a $250K home, but she didn’t go for it. Oh well, I tried.
With that said I want to address the importance of seeing your dreams through. Not just to boost your confidence having accomplished a goal, but that feeling you get from a truly genuine smile of pure happiness. It makes all the hard work and effort worth it. So if you want something in life, don’t make an excuse, don’t wait until the perfect moment when everything falls into place. Because it never will.
JUST FUCKING DO IT