Driving by a small airport can make you wonder who the people who fly those airplanes really are. While passing by, you wonder if you could be one of those people. Viewing the airplanes take off sparks a certain romantic imagining of soaring over mountains and through clouds, and you suddenly imagine that they are off to exotic places around the globe that you could only dream of. You think they must be somehow a special breed of man. But they aren't! They are just like you and I. They took the time to learn how to fly, and the made their dream a reality.Practically, recreationally flying is becoming more and more relevant for the individual traveler. Sometimes those two to three hour drives get really old, and you think flying there might be the answer. Flying removes the traffic from the equation, and going slow really does mean you are in the way. There are no speeding tickets when you fly. Moreover, pilots come from all income levels. The basic graphic artist to the CEO of major companies are all pilots. Sports figures and janitors have all had flying lessons, and they all become better people because of it. Here are some tips to get you in the cockpit and off into the stratosphere on your own aviation adventures.