Fly High!

Fly high! This may be just a saying to most people but to some, this statement has a very literal meaning. I am privileged to have met five gentlemen who experience this 2-word phrase every single day. They are Mr. Patrick Kimpo, Mr. Edward Libago, Mr. Jeff Hechanova, Mr. Reese Honasan, and Mr. Dale Brunnell, all pilots by profession.

Mr. Patrick Kimpo, who is a first officer of Philippine Airlines assisting in controlling the plane, started to dream of becoming a pilot at such an early age of seven. He remembers well the difficulties on his first day of training but savours more the enjoyment he feels every time he flies a plane. Though many people say that being a pilot is boring, Mr. Kimpo believes otherwise. In fact, he always feels the excitement and thrill of arriving to his every destination safely. He also looks forward to the opportunity to travel and enjoy the sights all around the world. Mr. Kimpo imparted that being a pilot requires self discipline not only in terms of health but also in time management and adherence to standards. It is also critical that a pilot know how to make the right decisions so as not to endanger his life and those of his passengers. When faced with a difficult situation, he has to remain calm so that he can respond to that situation properly. Pilots set a very small margin of error. As much as possible, they avoid committing mistakes since one wrong decision might affect their very lives.

As much as he enjoys being a pilot, Sir Patrick would very much like to follow another one of his passions, that is, to be a professional photographer.

Mr. Edward Libago, on the other hand, is a member of the Air Force. It was his ambition and self-interest t o become a pilot. He finds it a rare op...

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...g to fly, technology was not yet that sophisticated that they have to use the Morse code to navigate his plane. But now, it is much easier because of the GPS which uses satellites to navigate through the skies.

Our advancing technology does not only make our lives easier but also makes piloting easier and safer that it is not a wonder that more people would want to try to get into flying a plane. With the help of their loved ones and people around them, our pilot friends have developed a love for these big buses of the sky. Not everyone is as blessed as them in having the job or career they enjoy. But let us remember that, if not from parents or friends, it will all start with a child’s dream. All we have to do is nurture that dream and strive to reach it. With God’s blessings, proper guidance and self discipline, no sky will ever be too high. So just FLY HIGH!
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