My second solo flight started at the end of Taxiway Alpha holding short of Runway 23 at Yeager Airport. I completed all of my preflight checks and requested permission for take off. "Skyhawk Three-Eight Delta, wind calm, make left close traffic, Runway two-three, cleared for takeoff." It was the voice of the air traffic controller advising me I was cleared for takeoff. I responded, "Cleared to go 23, wind calm, and I'll keep it in the left, Three-Eight Delta." I lined the Cessna 172 up on Runway 23, applied full power, and went flying. I made one loop around the pattern and ended the flight... I already went up with Brenda that day and didn't want to spend a small fortune flying in one day. As far as anything else to say... I could spend hours talking about what it's like to fly a plane by yourself. I'll leave it at... Wow.
I'll openly admit it, for 17 I do some pretty epic stuff. I will also start this by saying how grateful I am for the opportunities I have in my life. Aviation definitely has opened countless doors for me, but so has diabetes. I started my junior year of high school on Monday. I hate school so I won't focus my time or energy talking about that here. Whenever a new school year starts I get pretty sad and start reflecting on what all I got to do over the summer. In a nutshell my summer consisted of flying, working at an airport, and traveling. In reality, it was so much more than that. I learned a lot about myself this summer but I also got to experience a lot of new things. My summer started with a countdown... July 21st, the day I flew off to California.
This summer had quite a few highlights so I'll go ahead and list them:
All that is pretty cool, right? I think it is; however, I did something that tops all of that. I started to fulfill the promise I made when I started this blog... to get into shape. I started Sunday, August 3rd following a strict 2,100 calorie a day diet and walking at least 2 miles a day, 7 days a week. Moving forward into the school year I plan to continue my fitness regiment until I reach my goal of 190 pounds. Below are some of my favorite pictures from this summer.
Jay Haapala officially caught the "Aviation Bug" in 2007. He's 17, a Senior in High School, an Eagle Scout, Airport Intern, Type One Diabetic, and an FAA Licensed Private Pilot. He refuses to let Diabetes stop him from living out his dreams and hopes to find himself in the cockpit of an airliner, burning jet fuel for a living.