Thinking and dreaming of building a flying machine and making it happen is, in some ways like taking a long journey to a vacation destination. It is necessary to have a dream to start with, some may call this a desire to do or have, followed by planning to make it happen. Very simplified view of it all.
In reality the dream sometimes goes for years before the point is reached to either do it or shut up. A point where dream starts to turn to reality, where internal decision is made to proceed no matter what gets in the way or how long it takes. Each of us in the great flying machine realm of the world have something in common, it is on full display at places such as the EAA in Oshkosh each year, when people from all walks of life and all levels to fortune, flying machines that cross the full spectrum, come together and share that spark. That spark is we all have a dream and are making it happen, in our own way at our pace. This spark is present and on display, silently but it is there. Years ago the young people working on hot rods in small communities across the country, building things in shop, were finding out and developing this spark. When I see most young people buried in video games, on their smart phones and never actually doing something with their hands, accomplishing something that they can be proud of for a life time, it makes me wonder where the future generations are headed. We need to encourage and celebrate those young people that are doing things with there hands, building things and accomplishing things of substance.
Once a person finds that spark all the skills to accomplish the planning, work and materials procurement can be learned in time to one day have a flying machine.