Fright or Flight

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Explore the skies. Take flight!

Although my primary goal at Florida Tech is to become a pilot, I am scarcely able to photograph and document it, since pilots must uphold a dedicated responsibly to safety. However, on rare occasions, I’m able to snag a free observation flight at the flight line. This opportunity is available to students who are in flight training.

This photo gallery is merely a glimpse into the wonders of the sky. The conditions for flying were pristine, as they often are after a Florida cold front and the associated high pressure asserts itself on the peninsula. A temperately mild, calm January day is the end result. Departing runway 5 from Orlando-Melbourne International Airport, the cross-country took us to Okeechobee Regional, affectionately known as KOBE.

The pictures reflect the pristine environment the sky offers to aviators and passengers alike. There are risks that come to being in the sky, after all, we aren’t exactly meant to fly. Aside from mechanical issues, there are other aircraft, birds, and the weather that must be dealt with quick and accurate thinking. Proper flight training is a key to success in mitigating all four types of the risks mentioned. A vast majority of the time, the aviators complete the task at hand with great precision and dedication, making it a very desirable community to be a part of. This will certainly not be my last observation flight this semester!

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I have long been fascinated with anything that flies. Growing up in Florida, there are major airports everywhere, and driving by them was always a real treat for my eager eyes. As a freshman at FIT in the College of Aeronautics, majoring in Aeronautical Science with Flight, I will be living my dream: flying. Combine that passion with my passion to photograph, and it's a surefire recipe for success. I consider myself extremely lucky to have this opportunity, and in the next four years, I hope to share my experiences with you, showing that dreams really can come true when you go out of your way for something. Life is extraordinary!

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