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And the class began

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It’s really important to find a good flight school … says every pilot in retrospect. With chagrin. In Canada – specifically in the Metropolitan Toronto area – there were but a few flight schools, at a few airports, to choose from. And they were all enshrouded in litigious rumor mongering bordering on urban legend. Flight schools love to trash talk each other – it’s part of the culture … like the WWF … or the NHL … or high school.

The first small municipal airport within driving distance was not too far from what was then Toronto International Airport – now Pearson International. Which was unfortunate because recently a pilot had mistakenly confused the two and landed a Cessna 150 at Toronto International … while 737’s had to be waved off by tower control. Don’t let it be a woman … don’t let it be a woman … don’t let it be a woman. Damnit. Female pilot. I had a lot of trouble navigating my way around in only two dimensions in my silver Saturn SUV. Generally I used Tim Horton’s and Dairy Queen’s as my only visual reference points. So that airport was out. Read More

I was hooked

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“Have you ever flown in a Cessna before?”

“Well, I’ve taken off in a Cessna 17 times but I’ve never landed in one.”

“What?”

“I’ve never landed in a Cessna.”

“That makes no sense.”

“Think about it.”

“I don’t want to.”

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“So … you’re a LADY pilot?”

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“What is your reason for entering the U.S.?”

“I’m doing some flight training.”

“So … you’re a flight attendant?”

“No. I’m a pilot.”

“So … you train OTHER flight attendants?”

“No. I’m a pilot.”

“So … you’re a LADY pilot?”

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