Read Tom Stienstra’s article from the San Francisco Chronicle at:

For Bay Area residents, one view can be a life-changer. But to get it, you have to get out from behind your phone … away from a screen … get out of your car … maybe even get off the ground.

You’ll need to get into the sky.

It can forever change how you feel about where you live. Looking down from a small plane, your imagination will be fired by the recreation opportunities across the region’s bay, coast, lakes, parks and wildlands.

You can give your world a makeover with a scenic tour or pilot’s orientation flight.

Tom goes on to describe the joys of flight in a small airplane and how it can be a life changing experience. We encourage everyone to give it a try.

As Tom points out, at San Carlos Airport, introductory flights are offered at:

San Carlos: West Valley Flying Club, also in Palo Alto, 650-856-2030,

Tom Stienstra is the outdoors writer for The San Francisco Chronicle. His Outdoor Report can be heard Saturdays on KCBS (740 and 106.9) at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @SteinstraTom