Being me, this blog needs some sort of connection to aviation and I will try to bring up something related to the field as often as I can and here is entry number two
Quite often recently I have been asked by various friends (and foes) why I decided to start flying as I would never use it for professional purposes? The answer is simple, it has a dream for me since I was a child to once be able to be in command of an aircraft myself. I guess I was slightly brainwashed by having a father who was a pilot for 42 years of his life and a mother who was a flight attendant (cliché child). However I was told over and over again that chances of realizing this dream were slim as my eyesight was too bad and I had surgery on both eyes as a child reducing my chances even further.
However, on may 27th 2006 my good friend John rang me and told me to make my way to the flying club in Västerås as he wanted to meet me and grab a bit to eat when he arrived from Gothenburg. After much waiting he finally did arrive and to my delight, he offered me a trip up in the little flying machine (DV20). After a while of sightseeing over Lake Mälaren I was shocked when he said “now you try a bit”. Feeling like Bambi on Ice I took the controls and made VERY careful turns, climbs and descents.
Oooh! Look at the concentration in the eyes of this boy!
After landing (well physically anyway!), I realized I was hooked and in the car on my way home I decided to do everything in my power to get this through! Back to France I went, and started calculating coming to the conclusion that my low frequency of nights out on the French Riviera had actually saved me quite a lot of money compared to what I had budgeted (but I had three fun years anyway).
Next step was to call a doctor in Sweden certified to perform aviation medical exams. July 4th was to be D-day (or so I thought). Made my way through the examination all the way to the end where my eyes were to be tested. With a slight regret in his voice the doctor said that he wasn’t sure that the Swedish CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) would clear me but if I wanted to, I could visit a specialist and pay another 1600SEK (€170). As I had decided to fight it to the bitter end I called the specialist and described my situation and although sounding VERY doubtful (understatement of the year) he agreed to see me the next day for a proper examination. After the examination I received the proof that one shall NEVER give up until it is completely over and left a slightly surprised doctor behind with the test result in my containing a lot of hope. After having filled out the remaining forms I sent off the papers and hoped for the best.
Summer passed and after a while I almost stopped hoping to hear anything until one day when I received a notification that there was a registered letter waiting for me at the post-office. Rushed down and there it was, the envelope containing the two papers that I so badly needed to continue, my student permit and medical certificate.
Those valuable two pieces of paper!
The next step was to hoping that I could still sign up for a theory course to keep me occupied during the winter months. I ended up choosing Uppsala Flying Club due to the favorable price, distance from home and days on which the courses were held.
After having completed the theory course (only the official exams left) and accumulated 13.5 (out of 45) flying hours I look back at the what I had to do to get here and boy am I happy I never gave up! Some would call me passionate, others would call me mad but I’d say that I, and most of us who fly, either professionally or stay at a private level, are in fact madly passionate about what we do. If there is something I will keep telling people and use this as an example is to NEVER EVER give up. If you have a dream about doing something don’t listen to those who say you can’t do it. Instead, listen to those who say you CAN and don’t stop before you have tried all possibilities.
I have met a lot of great people during this time, I know some read this blog and look forward to a lot of fun with you guys once I get my license. Thanks for all the support and good luck with your flying or whatever you are doing!
Oh, by the way John, I need your address for invoicing you my flying hours :-p
Madly passionate about flying!