When I was in college one of my best friends was working on getting his private pilot’s license. He had been in the airforce and would later fly transport and bomber planes before his untimely death due to cancer earlier this year. The thing was though, the man loved flying. Just as some people like going to the beach or to the mountains, he loved being in the air. Shortly after he got his private pilot’s license, he took me and two other friends up in a little Cessna. It was remarkable how different it felt to the commuter planes I had been on. As we got to buzz around the mountains, I found it thrilling and understood why he loved it so much.
Right around the time of my friend’s death, I saw a Living Social deal to take a flying lesson just outside of Asheville. The cost was relatively inexpensive too. Even without the deal, it was just under $100. I can’t remember why I did not buy the deal but I have since wish I had.
Will I take it beyond that initial lesson and get my pilot’s license? It is way to early to tell. It takes a lot of time and a lot of money to do so. But by taking this lesson, I get to not only learn a new skill but in some small way pay a remembrance to my friend by participating in one of his greatest passions.