If you have a private pilot’s license, you’re probably passionate about flying. A private pilot license holder is able to fly a small aircraft, typically for leisure and not for remuneration. If you have this type of pilot’s license, the sky is your oyster, and there is a wide variety of activities you can take part in. From flying clubs to helping kids in need, here are a few great ways to make the most of your private pilot’s license.
Join A Flying Club
If planes are your passion, why not meet some people who share your love of being in the air? There are many types of flying clubs across the country and beyond. Becoming a member of one of these organizations is a great way to meet new people, learn about a number of aircrafts, and spend quality time with your friends and family. If this sounds like your kind of thing, look for a flight club in your area!
Get A Birds Eye View of City Landmarks
You may know your city like the back of your hand from the ground, but getting to know it from above gives you a great new perspective.
Help Fly Low-Income Medical Patients
Many people need health care, but cannot afford to travel to where that care is provided. If you have a pilot’s license there are a number of organizations for which you can volunteer to help fly patients in rural or low-income areas to their doctor’s appointments. Some of these include:
Learn A Few Tricks
If you are a pilot who likes to live life on the edge, learning some aerobatics might be your next calling. Some pilots are searching for opportunities to take their flying skills to the next level, and investigating opportunities in aerobatics might be the move for you!
Join the Civil Air Patrol
For pilots who would like to spend a bit more time training in order to contribute to a great cause, joining the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a great option. The CAP does a number of missions including search and rescue, disaster relief, humanitarian services and more. In order to join, check out the requirements to join their cause.
Pilot for Puppies
There are many ways to help humans with a pilot’s license, but fewer people know about opportunities to help animals as well. Pilots N Paws is an organization that transfers animals via air to move animals to new homes and shelters with open space, as well as provide medical flights when a veterinary specialist in another location is needed.
Environmentalists are another group who often need to access remote locations, but don’t always have the funds or access they need to save the planet. Organizations like LightHawk donate flights to conservation groups so they can gather samples, take photos, and a number of other operations.
Pilot an Unforgettable Date
If you have a special someone in your life, why not take them out for a unique aerial view of the city? Giving a loved one an aerial tour of the city is something they won’t soon forget!
Support Local Children
If you’d like to share your love of all things aviation related with the next generation, finding a children’s organization to volunteer with could be a great opportunity. A few noteworthy organizations include:
- Young Eagles, a program dedicated to inspiring kids to love flying through giving children their first rides in airplanes.
- Challenge Air, an organization to help children with special needs take flight
Take A Family Flight
Summer vacations, spring breaks, and other holidays are always great times to get in the air. If you have relatives that live far away, consider flying to see them if feasible!
Build a Plane, Then Fly It
There are a number of organizations that enable you to not only fly planes, but learn about their inner workings and even build your own. Organizations like Glasair Aviation connect those who have a knack for engineering and flying.
Get An Aerial View of Your City at Night
Night flying is an important skill to practice, and what better way than to get an aerial view of the city you call home? Getting a bird’s eye view from the night sky is a peaceful and rewarding way to spend an evening.
Fly to an Island
Planes give you a much greater travel radius than you would traveling by land. If there are islands in your area, checking them out from above or taking a quick vacation is a great way to spend a day!
Learn About Classic Airplanes
Classic cars are relatively common, but classic airplanes are few and far between. Groups like the Vintage Aircraft Association bring people together in the spirit of retention and restoration of antique airplanes.
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