I don’t fly aircraft anymore. It was a passion of mine for 50 years. I started as a Naval Aviator in the 60s, and continued to fly as often as I could. Over the years, I’ve had a number of aircraft, including helicopters, that I’ve enjoyed immensely. Today I am fortunate to have a couple of friends here in Mexico that have small airplanes, and I get to fly with them occasionally. But to me that is different. I loved the solitude of soloing across the country with nothing but clouds and sky around me. It was magical. The sights I’ve seen can not be described in words. They evoked serious emotions. I can still feel them when I think back.
To borrow from J.G. Magee Jr’s often quoted poem, High Flight,
“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings…
…And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”
Now I’ve discovered drones. I recently got a Mavic Pro drone and have started to learn to fly it. It is like flying yourself, or soloing, except you don’t pull G’s. My Mavic has a great 4K camera that allows me see better and further than I can with my eyes. It has an 8 Km range and can stay airborne for 27 minutes. It is truly virtual flying. I get to sit in my chair, on the rooftop, and watch the world go by below me.
I will soon start posting videos of my flying in Mexico, here on this website. I hope you enjoy them.