|Flying on insulin|
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.
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.