Over the years I have been lucky enough to have numerous chances to go flying. Not just in commercial jets but in light aircraft that I was allowed to control. It started when I was 14 and at college, as an after class activity the school ran a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) of which I was a member and Sergeant of the RAF section. As part of this I was able to go Air Experience Flying at both RAF Wyton and RAF Cambridge. Over 5 years in the section I was able to build up 35 hours flying in a Bulldog trainer and 45 in a Grob Tutor.
I was also lucky enough to get a chance to fly in a couple of different types of gliders, including flying solo in a motorised Vigilant glider as part of a gliding scholarship.
The feeling of being in a glider is second to none, from the 0-60 in 4 seconds during a winch launch to the total silence of being in the air soaring around on a bunch of thermals, I really have never found a better experience. I urge anyone with any interest to try this, only having a brief look at Google I found this link http://s.hrtn.me/40 that would be an awesome place to start. I am sure it might not be for everyone but I know a lot of people who tried it and have fallen in love with it.
My plan in the next few years is to obtain my Private Pilots License (PPL) up to an Instrument Flight Rated (IFR) status. This is not to seek a career in the airline industry but simply to allow me to continue doing something I love.