A freshly-minted pilot’s first thought is invariably very exciting: I want to take my friends or family up into the air while I’m at the controls!
Of course, there’s another agenda, even if we don’t always admit it: Most new pilots with their private pilot certificate like showing off, at least a little. And pilots should be completely okay with that. A new pilot has conquered amazing challenges and has demonstrated proficiency (to the federal government, no less) in one of the most technical and beautiful endeavors to which we humans can aspire. Pilots have earned and deserve this great feeling of pride and the ability to take a first time passenger flying in a way they haven’t seen before.