Practice Checkride — Ambition — Icarus Flies Again

C172 — N9522Q — Tampa Executive Airport, FL — Practice Checkride, 1 Landing — 1.6 hrs

As the story goes, in Greek mythology Icarus is the son of Daedalus, and they attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus' father warns him first of complacency and then of hubris (extreme pride or self-confidence), advising that he fly neither too low nor too high, because the sea would clog his wings or the sun's heat would melt them. Icarus ignored dad's advice, and flying too close to the sun, his wings melted and caused his fall into the sea where he drowned. (wiki...) Nice story, nice happy ending. But then what? 

Overall I don't subscribe to this Greek tragedy of failed ambition, nor its defeatist lesson. Obviously good strategy and careful pre-planning, and some moderation to be realistic is prudent. But in the face of adversity, I say keep on keeping on till you win or die in the attempt... I prefer one part brave, two parts fool, and it's better to ask forgiveness rather than permission. We learn from the plight of Icarus. One plans ahead of time, and then suffering defeat one returns for a more thorough/successful conquest. As the evidence proves, I enjoy hundreds of hours of flying despite all factors against it (and there are many), and past failures to attain the achievements I dream of (not for lack of intelligence, but more resources and distractions). Still I persist. And I never give up.

What's all this silly hype got to do with a simple practice checkride flight? Because it took a Herculean effort to get this far, lots of dedication and practice (in the air and Sim), and a good pilot is always learning and striving for a better flight, no matter the barriers.

Live the dream.