Conquer your fears, find a mentor!

October 10, 2007

Conquer your fears, find a mentor!

By AOPA ePublishing staff

Throughout flight training every pilot faces challenges. For AOPA Project Pilot student Nami Ha Colaizy, of St. Paul, Minn., the biggest challenge was landing for the first time.

"I was scared to death and cried after the lesson," said Colaizy. "I felt like quitting."

That is until she called her mentor Dale Seitzer, also from St. Paul, whom she met through the AOPA Project Pilot Web site. He reminded her that flying shouldn't be stressful and suggested taking a little time off to regroup before trying again.

Seitzer's advice paid off. Colaizy completed her first solo in August with her third landing being what Colaizy said she'd remember as the best of any landing she's ever made in her life.

October 10, 2007