I got my private pilots license at 18. During my junior and senior summers in high school I went to ďflight campĒ run by a flight school at a university. It was 12 weeks each summer where we took lessons, learned stuff in the classroom, then flew with an instructor in the college program in Cessna 152s and 172s and a Beech Bonanza V tail. After the senior summer you had all the qualifications to do your solo and get your VFR rating. I did that and got my license.
Flying was incrediblely fun, but every expensive with fuel, continuing education, and plane rental. By the time I was about 23 I stopped keeping my license up to date. Now about 10 years later Iím deathly afraid to fly, I have not been on a plane in five plus years and absolutely hate flying, Iíll drive 12 hours before Iíll fly one. Weird.
I donít know why this is, I was never afraid before, but now Iím petrified, the only reason I can come up with was that I was always afraid to fly, but being at the controls made it easier, and now when I sit in the back with no control I freak out. Itís the same with driving, I almost always drive my friends when we go someplace, just because I donít like the way they drive as a passenger. In fact I have a really good friend I see almost every day seven days a week for over a year, and Iíve never been in his car even once, I always drive. Maybe itís a control thing. I dunno but I canít fly anymore.