Should I learn how to fly?
September 21, 2012 12:46 AM Subscribe
I took an introductory flight lesson and liked it a lot. Now what? Learning to fly an airplane seems expensive, time consuming, and mostly pointless. Yet I liked it.
posted by haykinson to sports, hobbies, & recreation (31 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I live in Los Angeles, where flying airplanes is expensive (rental-wise) and complicated (lots of big airports around, lots of controlled airspace). Assuming I manage to get a private pilot certificate after some number of months, what will I do with it?
- fly to San Diego or Santa Barbara at $400+ for a round-trip?
- visit non-existent friends in Palm Springs?
- spend a week and thousands of dollars in rental and gas fees trying to fly my way up the coast to visit actual friends in SF or even further north in Oregon?
- fly circles around LA looking at landmarks I kind of already know exist
- to Catalina and back
So, I guess my question is, why do people learn how to fly an airplane (non-professionaly)? Travel by little general aviation planes seems way more expensive than travel by any other means of transportation, and less predictable in timing and duration assuming visual flight rules only. Is there anything else to it? Can anyone explain what I'm missing and how I can help make a decision on whether to embark on this training or not?
(for the record, I'm pretty excited about the _idea_ of flying an airplane, and have been reading books and flying simulators to get better. so if I seem negative on the idea above, it's only because I am trying to be more rational for a change)