Bridgeport resident Patrick Padilla can sum up his love of flying in one word - freedom.
"That whole three-dimensional feeling of going not only left and right, but up and down," he said. "To me, worries seem to disappear when you take off."
The 34-year-old is the newest flight instructor at Flying Start Aero at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. He had been a student at the flight school ever since deciding to get back in the air in 2008.
"I started flying when I was 22, and then, like everyone else, I quit halfway through," he said. "About four years ago, …