This is why we fly

July 28, 2014

Yesterday, for the first time since I started flying, I took a moment to appreciate what I was flying over. Yesterday, without my instructor knowing, I took a moment. I stopped frantically navigating and I just looked out the front windscreen. A few moments were all I needed. The majestic rolling hills of Amamoor Creek, a deep blue river bubbling through the foothills. The shadow of the plane soaring over the wilderness. It was all amazing and, I can’t believe I’ve been flying for so long and have only just realised this. I’m not even a ‘real’pilot yet and I’m already taking this amazing scenery for granted.

It might be a sign that some, once overwhelming, tasks are becoming second nature or perhaps my brain was so overloaded it just stopped and said, ‘no, you’re taking a rest’. Those few minutes were all I needed to realise what I’ve been missing all along.

One of my favorite YouTube clips is ‘This is why we fly’. It’s about a 737 on a standard approach into Queenstown. What I love is that for 4 minutes, the plane is just the vessel used to view some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. Though, without the aircraft, this may never have been seen. It demonstrates the awesomeness of flight and the pinpoint accuracy of our avionics. But, it also shows that if you look outside, even for just a few moments, you’re often treated to wonders most can only dream about. I encourage you to watch the video below.

Every flight from now on, just for a moment, I’m going to stop, breathe and take in my surroundings. They say pilots have no need to climb mountains. I wonder how many pilots take for granted what an awesome view we get?

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