Club Fearless Test #4

Hang Gliding SOLO from 1000 feet or higher

Club Fearless Test #4 Hang Gliding SOLO from 1000 feet or higher

A hang glider pilot soars thousands of feet above the earth 


There is an ancient Greek myth which tells a story of a crafty inventor named Daedalus and his son Icarus who sought to fly like the birds. 

Daedalus crafted wings using actual bird feathers and glued them to wings he made using wax. He warned his son not to fly too high or the wax would be melted by the sun, and not to fly too low or the sea mist would weigh the wings down, either mistake would have fatal consequences.

But Icauus was overcome with the joy of flight and flew higher and higher forgetting his fathers advice. His father shouted at him but he could not hear him, for he was too high and too far away. 

Suddenly, in terror, the boy realized his mistake, but it was too late, the feathers began falling away, and he fell tragically to his death.

The moral of the story "Not to fly too close to the sun" is meant to warn us of the dangers of Hubris and Pride.  But more often than not, people take the meaning to the extreme and think "If God wanted us to fly he would have made us with wings" or "Better safe than sorry" and they walk the flat earth all their lives. 

Of course this is a metaphor that speaks to the idea of taking risks and chances. 

But for some of us, we must fly, and fly high. 

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."  ~Leonardo DaVinci

Fortunately for us, modern technological advances in aviation have created this fairly safe way to experience the joy of flight. 

Fears to overcome: The fear of heights (Acrophobia) the fear of falling (Basophobia) the fear of self responsibility (Hypengyophobia) and the fear of death (Thantaphobia)


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