It takes one to know one.
I enjoy freaking my friends out because I can see someone with a certain characteristic and suddenly my pilot radar activates. I quietly gather clues and enough information to conclude that my radar was correct: That’s a pilot. My friends are in awe when I’m usually correct, and then I’ll verify by asking the target, “So, what do you fly?” They’ll raise an eyebrow and ask how I knew they were a pilot, but I don’t like to reveal my secrets. Oftentimes, the clues are so overwhelming, I can ask, “Who do you fly for?” Sure, the old joke goes: How do you know if someone is a pilot? They tell you. But, it’s more fun figuring it out on your own
Illustration © 2016 Daniel Vasconcellos
The Private Pilot
Million Dollar Question....
Why do they do it?
I've been fortunate enough to have met many pilots from different parts of the world. The one thing I always made sure to ask is why they do it, what inspired them to do it and why they continue to fly.
At first, the answers I received puzzled me. Some would say they do it because its “fun” and others would say they love it for its “seriousness”. The more I asked the question , the more different the answers.