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FROM THE EDITORS DESK- Twenty Eighth Issue, March 2012
      Hi Guys! Sixty one year old Laxman Kokate who retired as the Deputy Director of Higher Education of Maharashtra State is an example of sheer self-confidence and the urge to pursue a childhood passion.61-year-old Laxman Kokate who is the oldest gliding pilot being trained at the Gliding Centre, Pune under the Director General of Civil Aviation, flew solo for the first time on January 25.He registered himself as a student a day after his retirement as a class one Officer of the Government.
      “Flying gives you a different kind of high altogether. On my first flight, I felt like a bird up in the sky,” he shares with a smile. Every time that he soars up in his L-23 Super Blanik glider, he views his city in a different way. Nervousness was not a part of his first flight. “I made sure that I fully understood all the technicalities. Once that knowledge was in place, confidence followed automatically. Flying was always a passion for me; I never viewed it with a nervous eye,” he said. On completing 25 flights with two hours of flying at a stretch everyday, Kokate will be a licensed pilot. “I want to fly for pleasure once I am licensed,” he says
To pursue a childhood dream and passion against all odds needs lot of courage and Kokate has taught us how valuable our gift of life is.
      Aviation itself started as a passion of two young Wright brothers way back in the 1903.The Wright brothers were the first to fly in a powered and controlled aircraft. Previous flights were gliders (control but no power) or free flight (power but no control), but the Wright brothers combined both, setting the new standard in aviation records. Following this, the widespread adoption of ailerons rather than wing warping made aircraft much easier to control, and only a decade later, at the start of World War I, heavier-than-air powered aircraft had become practical for reconnaissance, artillery spotting, and even attacks against ground positions. Aircraft began to transport people and cargo as designs grew larger and more reliable mode of transport.
       So it is the unflinching passion to DO and pursue against ALL ODDS which is the real sign of human spirit.HAIL THE SPIRIT OF MAN !!!!
Aryama Sanyal