Balance of Forces
In December of 2019 you'll finally earn your pilot's license.
Flying, like sailing, requires a balance of forces. Thrust opposes drag and lift opposes weight. The plane is always in transition because the airmass is always moving. Climbing, turning, cruising and descending all require changes in one or more of the forces acting on the plane.
The same is true for sailing. The boat floats because it is less dense than the water. The sail acts like a wing. The weight of the keel opposes the effects of the sail which allows the skipper to harness the wind.
In both cases, it's the rudder and the wings (or sail) that give you control. But control is only half of the equation. It is your will that decides where the plane flies and boat sails.
Once you've mastered the controls, all that's left is to master your will.
Where WILL you go from here?
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Matthew H. Evenhouse, MD is a board-certified Emergency Physician, published author, private pilot and international educator.