• “Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.”
• “Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense and understanding.”
• “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”
"Cessna 7-3 Juliet Alpha, position and hold."
I taxi onto the runway and wait. I've done all I can to prepare, meticulously moving through a checklist to examine the plane's structure. I've checked the oil. Sumped for fuel impurities. Tested radios. Cleared weather conditions. Prepared flight plans. Adjusted my directional gyro and altimeter.
I wait. A Lear jet lands and a Sundowner takes off. Finally the words I've been waiting for: "Cessna 7-3 Juliet Alpha, cleared for takeoff."
Still a student pilot, I gulp and echo, "Cleared for takeoff, runway 3-4. 7-3 Juliet Alpha."
|Schock and her flight instructor program the plane's GPS for her flight plan.|
Brakes compress. Throttle full, the engine roars. I scan the gauges one last time before releasing the brakes. We roll, faster and faster, until my instructor says, "Rotate!"
I pull back on the yoke, and we're airborne.
The rest of this article is only available to subscribers.
© 2015 Augsburg Fortress, Publishers