The Art

The act of flying an airplane, to an uninformed person, or a newbie in the field, might seem to be purely a science. Lift, weight, thrust, drag, and all of the little details in between at first glance look to be cold calculated mechanical control inputs that define what a pilot does.

As a pilot begins to mature, however, he will begin to see beyond the technical aspect and develop a style of his own. At which point it becomes apparent that flying an airplane is an Art, as is every supporting task involved, from planning to post-flight.

This website is devoted to perfecting the art of flying, from the small details to the big picture.

Every good pilot is an artist. One who is constantly learning and also reviewing what he has already learned. Every true artist craves to become a master of their craft and so trains appropriately. A guitarist, practicing fingering or a martial artist training to throw a faster punch. As artists, we all share a common ground – betterment and perfection.

As the mixed martial artist Georges St-Pierre explained about his art:

“There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose: He has a fight. I’m a martial artist. I don’t train for a fight. I train for myself. I’m training all the time. My goal is perfection. But I will never reach perfection.”