Began Flight Training More Than 50 Years Ago In The Air
What started as a dream at age 19 finally came to pass at age 74
for Dr. Glenn Clark of Marianna, Florida. He received a private
pilots licence at the controls of his own Cessna 152.
Dr. Clark told the Jackson County Floridian he always wanted to
learn to fly. He started in the Air Force, soloing in the
then-ubiquitous Piper Cub, but midway through his flight training,
he switched to medical school and stopped flying. “Then of
course, you get family, financial and career obligations, so
it’s always been a problem finding enough time to do it, and
money was a factor, too," he told the paper.
Two years ago, with kids out of school and fewer financial
obligations, Clark bought a Cessna 152, and picked up where he'd
left off. He fit flying in around his work schedule, Dr. Clark is
co-director of radiology at Jackson Hospital, and planned his first
solo as a newly licensed pilot Tuesday.
Clark told the paper he found the usual challenges in learning
to fly. "I have to say that it’s unbelievable the amount of
information you have to have. Learning all the facts was a pretty
big job.” But when he was asked what was the most difficult
thing to learn, he gave an answer that's likely been given by a lot
"Landing," he said.
Dr. Clark is typical of so many pilots who start to fly, maybe
even get their license, and then, for what ever reason, drift away.
Clark's reasons are familiar: family, expense, time. But they
(which could be read "we"), are an untapped resource for
re-kindling the passion that's felt when there's chance to walk
onto the tarmac at an air show, or among the airplanes at the local
airport, or even slide into the cockpit of an airplane ... not walk
on as a fare in the back ... that may have been lost, or at least
set aside. Something to think about the next time you hear an
airplane overhead, and look up. [Tom Patton, ANN Editor]