Why I have always loved flying

Even though I am officially retired from flying, I still find myself “up in the sky”. I have kept my pilot’s license current, and part of this requires me to spend so much time in the air. If I ever need an excuse to get back in the cockpit, the simple fact that it is required by law ensures that I don’t have to worry about getting stuck on the ground.


Some people have asked me why I love flying so much, and my standard answer of “I always have” never seems to satisfy them. To finally answer this question, and hopefully never have it asked again I’ve given it a little thought and this is what I’ve decided.


First of all there is the sheer excitement of being in the air. Flying is different than riding in a hot air balloon, regardless of the size of the plane. You are in complete control, not dependent on air currents, and I haven’t even gotten around to mentioning the speed. That is a feeling that simply cannot be described, unless you’ve had the opportunity to sit in the pilot’s seat. Trust me when I say it is addictive, which is probably why I keep finding myself up in the air.


Flying is also incredibly peaceful, especially if you are solo. It is a great time to think and reflect on things that are important. I’ve solved some of the biggest problems in my life when I was flying from one airport to another. No matter where you are flying there are also some incredible views. One of my favorite trips took me over the Grand Canyon, and it is truly spectacular when it is viewed from the air. Sunsets are also amazing, especially when the skies are clear.



Another reason I have always loved flying is its history, which I find fascinating. My hero has always been Charles Lindbergh, along with the Wright brothers. What really amazes me is how far we’ve come in aviation, considering a little over 100 years ago the Kitty Hawk was just taking off. Since then Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and countless others have set world records and accomplished astonishing feats. I’ve always been proud to be in the same profession as all of my boyhood heros.


So now you know why I have always loved flying, and still do. Even though I am happily retired I still look forward to spending several more years up in the air.

About the author

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.