Why More People Pursue Recreational Flying

When someone speaks of his childhood dream to become a pilot, he paints a peachy picture of that dream’s horizon. This horizon has the grand allure of prestige, of the crispness of a pilot’s uniform, of the power that comes with maneuvering a Boeing 747 or even a fighter jet like the one Tom Cruise flew in Top Gun.

Committing to such a dream, one might learn too late, is a tall order. In this sense, flying an aircraft and obtaining the license to do so is no ordinary undertaking.

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However, in a different and more realistic sense, flying a plane need not be too big a dream. There are gradual steps to realize it. While it is quite acceptable to say that learning how to fly is expensive, recreational flying offers the best learning experience with the most value for time and money.

Recreational flying allows for fewer but more manageable privileges. This is perfect for simple pleasures like seeing one’s own neighborhood from a bird’s eye view. Touring the city on the ground takes up most of the whole day, but from the air a scenic tour can allow you to see the city from end to end in a matter of minutes.

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Aiming for a recreational flying certificate is a fair start, one that entitles the aspiring pilot to flex his flying muscles for the first time. It affords the pilot to master simple flying and navigation techniques, and in fact, even safely take-off and land a plane, all in one afternoon. More complex flying certificates can easily be pursued later on.

North Star Aviation in Mankato, MN offers introductory flight lessons. Visit its website for more information about the company.


Fun Flight: The Recreational Side of Flying

Some people dream of dominating the speedway while for others it is all about conquering the skies. And while learning to fly is a worthwhile endeavor, for some folks, it can be a very time-consuming and even resource-draining activity.

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But those who really want to pursue their love of flying have other means to parlay their passion. Even without professional training, they can soar to great heights via recreational flying. Many companies, such as North Star Aviation in Mankato, MN, offer a recreational flying program to those who are interested in learning to fly, and eventually, earn their wings. For instance, at North Star Aviation, flight training begins with an introductory flight lesson, which usually lasts about an hour and includes a detailed preflight briefing with the instructor and a half-hour flight where the student can get hands on the controls, be shown some maneuvers, and ask as many questions about flying.

Meanwhile, for those who are content with the view from above as a passenger, North Star Aviation also offers scenic flights. Passengers can marvel at the beauty of Southern Minnesota or see the Minnesota River Valley. For couples who want to bring their love to the next (and higher) level, North Star Aviation also offers romantic flights. City sightseeing from thousands of feet above ground is also possible.

Indeed, there is no shortage of opportunities to those who dream of flying a plane. Whether dreaming of commanding a commercial jet or just cruising on a light aircraft, learning to fly can be more fulfilling than one can truly imagine.

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Whether interested in just flying for fun or thinking of building a career as a professional pilot, you can get assistance from North Star Aviation. You can head over to Mankato Regional Airport to start your flight training or visit this website for additional information.