Grandson Elyas is in for a visit. He and his folks live in Los Alamos, NM, and cane in for a week to see family. Elyas has expressed an interest in aviation. My buddy Termite is an aviator, so I asked Termite if he would show Elyas around.
The weather wasn't conducive to flight, but we did get to hang out in the hangar and explore Termite's Cessna 172.
It was time well spent. Elyas got to ask a bunch of questions, and explore a small airplane. He wiggled the yoke and waggled the rudder petals, and went over all the instruments on the panel. It was a morning well spent.
I am a Commercial pilot and Instructor pilot since 1975 & 1976 respectively. It was a chance encounter such as this in the ninth grade that sparked the flame and set a course for my life. We should never underestimate the power of exposing kids to the world around them. You never know the effect it may have.
Great Pilot, Patriot and Man!
Learning to fly is a worthy endeavor for any young man. It almost assures one that he will be too poor to afford drugs and other entanglements.
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