Flying on 9/11 – Remembering 12 Years Ago
This morning I went flying with my instructor Rick. It was quite the flight as it was quite the reminder of what happened twelve years ago. To think that it’s been twelve years such such a catastrophic disaster. No matter what people believe was the cause or the reason, the fact that it happened is terrible.
I remember waking up and going to school just glancing at the tv as I left the house seeing something about some buildings in New York. As I got to school and went to my first class of the day (senior year of highschool), I was quickly explained what had happened and blown away. I was in my physics class with everyone quiet and the TV rolling in the classroom watching the events that occurred played out over and over.
I can’t change what happened so long ago, but I can remember and keep those that perished during this trying time in my memory. I wasn’t close to anyone who was over on the east coast when this occurred, but I have friends who were, and this is for them.
When I took off today, it didn’t really dawn on me that it was 9/11. It wasn’t until the middle of my flight when I realized what today was. Originally when I had to reschedule my check ride from last week, I was going to have it be today. Though I flew great, I’m not sure I’d want my checkride to be completed today. Other things should be remembered instead.
Here’s to all those out there who were truly affected by this tragedy. To be honest, we were all affected by it, but some more than others. Thanks to those who were there to help those in need and thanks to those who have made major efforts to stop it from happening again.
Onto my flight. My flight today was just shy from being one of my best. I had a number of exceptional landings and takeoffs with winds that could have made it a bad day to fly. I had one of my best emergency landing procedures I’ve ever had and made me feel very confident that if I fly like I did today, that next week, Wednesday the 18th, will be the day I complete my checkride and finally get my pilots license!
I totaled up my hours today, and I’m just over 90.5 hours since starting this journey over three years ago. To think it’s been that long!
Well here’s hoping next week is exceptional and that I have a great week coming up to it!
September 11, 2013 / Jason / 7
Categories: Private Pilot Completion
- Total Flight Time: 218.5 Hours
- Pilot In Command Time: 125.7 Hours
- Solo Time: 100.8 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time: 60.5 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time (Solo): 27.8 Hours
- Night Time: 7.1 Hours
- Simulated Instrument Time: 4.8 Hours
- Landings (Day/Night): 521 (499/22)
- Flight Training Received: 92.8 Hours
- Ground Training Received: 30.8 Hours