A few years ago I began my training to obtain a private pilot’s license. Lucky for me, there was a great local instructor available on Currituck Mainland, so most of my training was around or close to the Outer Banks. As a local who walked, cycled and drove around this area all of my life, I thought I had the geography figured out, but my flight experience would soon change these views.
My initial flight was more or less a scenic tour to get me comfortable in the small training aircraft. I was a bit nervous at take-off, but once I got my first aerial view of the Outer Banks, my nervousness subsided and my excitement level grew. From 2,000 feet above the ground, the Outer Banks looks like an oversized sandbar, and I realized the geography was much different than anticipated.