Learning to Fly

Hi Friends,

My father is 93 years old. He is in excellent health, has his own teeth, ties his own shoelaces, still drives and enjoys a gin and tonic before supper…even when he doesn’t eat supper.

My father was a crew chief on B24‘s during WWII and earned his pilot license shortly after the war. He has flown off and on for enjoyment for most of his life. However during the past 20 years he has flown very little.

Recently my father’s grandson (my son Jay) has gotten involved with aviation and earned his private pilot license. This has rekindled my father’s interest in aviation.

Did you know that once you earn your pilot’s license you are licensed forever? A pilot has to prove his current competency and good health but once a licensed pilot always a licensed pilot.

In order to be current Dad is required to take: a physical, a refresher course in ground school and a check ride with an instructor. Yesterday we went to the flight surgeon for Dad’s physical.

The doctor is 85 years old and seemed very suspicious of a 93 year old that wants to fly. The doctor has a little bit of a German accent and seemed reminiscent of a character that Mel Brooks might play in a movie.

The doctor asks my father why he wants to fly at such an advanced age. My Dad tells him he does not plan on ever flying solo but wants to fly as his grandson’s a co-pilot. My Dad says, “It is fun to fly. You don’t stop wanting to have a good time just because you get old. I’m 93 and I still want to do enjoyable things.” The doctor shakes his head a little  but accepts my Dad’s response and after the exam hands him a medical certificate stamped,  “Approved”.

Do you find time to do something enjoyable everyday?

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Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer