After that, I took a look at my own list. Most of what was on that list I had already done, like skydiving and swimming with dolphins. But at the top of the list was always this statement. "Before I die, I want to learn to fly a helicopter." So at that moment, I made a decision that on or before my 42nd Birthday, I would take my first lesson. I figured I wasn't getting any younger.
This is a photo from my first day and my first lesson with Carey. Luckily, age isn't a road block to fly, but I do think I was the oldest and grayest student they had. Not to mention a woman. But they were quick to learn, I may have been the old woman on the ramp, but I was sure the spunkiest. Carey Dellandre was a great instructor who made me laugh. He really made my experience one to cherish. And I know I was one of his more memorable students. I remember after he demonstrated settling with power, he asked if I wanted to do it again. I said Hell Yes! He said that was a first, and when he knew I would be a good pilot. No one ever asked to do that again if they didn't have to. Flying just seems so much a part of my DNA. I can't remember having much fear or apprehension about it.
More of my new adventure to come . . .
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