I had the very special opportunity of visiting the Air Canada Flight Training Facility at YVR this September. An Air Canada pilot, who I have began to build a friendship with offered to take me, and I haven’t been as excited for something in quite a while!
It was a lot to take in. Hallways lined with briefing rooms, large sections devoted to the multitude of simulators, and enormous computers. My enthused self began to think of one day coming to this center to train, and flying for this airline. The simulators are full-scale, exact representations of the physical planes. We toured several planes, and stopped at the Boeing 767-375ER, and commenced a flight. I did not feel worthy to be in the left seat, and although a simulation, I was quite nervous to control an aircraft. We flew out of YVR, and traveled to the downtown core of Vancouver cruising at low altitude.
What a feeling!
Every time I have a new aviation experience, the more I have yearning to pursue it as a career. My friend gave me a first hand experience, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I look to the sky and have a depended respect and understanding of pilots, and I find motivation in the roaring turbines that pass by my window. What a gift air travel is, it connects the world like nothing else, and opens endless doors. Without it, Global Perspectives would not exist, and people eager to help the world could not. If becoming a pilot can facilitate this for people, what could be better?
“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return”
-Leonardo da Vinci