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Fun Things to Do With a Private Pilot's License
by Matt Tanner

08/08 - There are a lot of fun things you can do with a private pilot license. Flying is so much fun and here are a few ideas of things you can do once you become a pilot. You can take your date up just before dark and watch the beautiful sunset from the best place possible. You don't miss anything and nothing is blocking your view. It is so romantic to see the sun's colors in the sky with your date. If you are a morning person, the sunrise is just as spectacular.

Another idea is to go flying during the fall and see the changing leaves and the beautiful colors the trees create on the ground. This is also really exciting if you are flying over mountains as this adds yet another exciting dimension to your trip. Make sure you take your camera on a flight like this.

One trip you can make if you want to fly and don't really have a destination in mind, is to find a river and follow it to the mouth. This is fun because you are using the river for navigation and it probably winds back and forth, so you get to make some good turns along the way.

If you live near where you are flying, it is fun to see your house from the air. Once you locate it, you can see just how big or small it really is. You can also see what kind of property backs up to yours. You may find that you live near something that you had no idea you lived next to.

You may know of a great restaurant in the next state over. A plane trip is a great way to explore good restaurants and attractions that would otherwise take hours to drive to. If you play golf, you could fly to an airport with a golf course nearby and play a round.

Flying is a great way to visit friends and family. There are around 12,000 small airports in the United States. It is very likely that your long distance friends live near an airport. Once you arrive, impress them with a flight over their own house or neighborhood.

There are many more ideas that you could come up with yourself. You just have to be creative. But flying in and of itself is very rewarding and exciting. If you don't have a pilot license, now is a great time to learn to fly. Happy flying and blue skies!

Matt Tanner is a Flight Instructor in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been flying since he was a teenager. Matt has flown the skies from Florida to Alaska, and shares his love of aviation with thousands of people. His students have become private pilots, aircraft owners, flight instructors, and U.S. Air Force pilots.