Hello there, and welcome to my blog! I’m Alex Wagner and I’m here to tell you all about the greatness of flying and how you can achieve it too. I was a pilot for a long time and had the chance to teach a few generations the wonderful craftsmanship of lifting these heavy, inanimate objects and fly them to the horizon.
I am now retired, but my love for planes and flying hasn’t suffered even the slightest decrease. However, life goes on, and hobbies can be replaced with time. I live in the suburbia, so since I’ve been spending so much time at home, I got to know my neighbors better and we’ve been gathering every Sunday on the football field for a game and a round of beer at our local brewery. Sometimes, when my grandchildren drop by for a weekend sleepover, we all grab a ball and they teach me the latest moves. But somehow, even on the most fun time out, I end up talking about planes, pilots and flying, and I guess I can be quite a bore for those who have listened to my stories several times.
So a couple of days ago, my older grandson asked me why I wouldn’t start a blog for other passionate flyers and pilots, and I remained speechless, because the brilliant idea had never crossed my mind.
Of course, I needed some help with the technical aspects, for despite my capabilities of handling plane controls, I am really bad with computers, but here I am, ready to tell you all about this wonderful activity.
Let me start with the reasons I wanted to become a pilot in the first place. When I was very young, maybe seven or eight years old, my old man took me to see the newly built aerodrome, and he met with a pilot that he knew. I ended boarding one of those impressive metal birds and for months that was the only thing I could talk about. Being in the air, remote from everything I knew, with a small-sized humanity far under my feet made me experience what I perceived to be total freedom, a sorts of absolute independence that has forever haunted me since. Being so young, I’m sure my amazement was in part due to the novelty of everything I experienced that day: going out with my father, which was a rare occasion, the fact that even seeing a plane was by far the most terrific thing that could happen to a boy my age…
However, even though flying has become a common way of travelling, I’m sure there are some of you who want to gain a more close knowledge, and still have curiosities and the desire to learn, and hopefully, someday apply this information.