One of golf’s living legends, Arnold Palmer, still flies himself around the U.S. to engage in his golf and business activities. Palmer says in the Sports Illustrated piece that, "It’s a convenience, it’s a business tool for me and it’s also one that
I enjoy doing," Palmer said. "I’ve been doing it 18,000 hours. That’s
almost a lifetime in itself."
Every time I go to the airport for a 1 hour flight (I just requalified platinum on American again darn it), I think about becoming a pilot and flying myself. There’s something magical about flight and taking this ultimate responsibility into your hands. I must say I’m always edgy and nervous on flights and I think that taking my destiny into my own hands could really help that. After all, who has time to be nervous in the cockpit when one is so busy making sure things are going right, on course, and out of harms way. I read a blog called Flight Level 390 maintained by a commercial airline pilot. I’m just drawn to the conversation, decision making, problem solving, and "cool factor" of flying big jets. If I’m so interested in something…and that something could be a time saver and efficiency tool…then why not do it?
I’ll contemplate this through the holidays as the weather turns cold and I envision getting stuck in a snow storm and using instruments to land while sweating through my clothes.