Back in July I had the opportunity to take a free plane ride over the town I live in. I wasn't sure I wanted to though. I have been in helicopters but for some reason this plane seemed more daunting.
This little plane is smaller than the inside than my car, but I figured why not, I won't get the chance to do this again for free! So I squeezed in with the pilot and 2 colleagues. There was room for us and a fire extinguisher squished between the seats. Which if we had needed the fire extinguisher at any point.....it would probably have been too late for us. So I dramatically texted my son that I loved him and got in. YOLO!!
It was a hot day so as we sat idling on the runway we kept the doors open, and as we are taxiing along about to take off, the pilot then shouted that it was time to close the doors. They had to be slammed closed a couple times, much like the first beater car you, or someone you knew, had in high school. Comforting.
Once we got off the ground it was much cooler in the plane and it was a fantastic feeling! It was also a great time to fly as the canola was in bloom and made beautiful patchwork views.
Here are some images from the flight. I could even pick out my house as we flew over town.
You were very brave to go up in the wee plane. I don't think I would have the nerve to do it. I'm glad to see your posts up!ReplyDelete
It was honestly a last minute decision...I'd been saying all day that I didn't want to do it lolDelete
I am quite sure it was a grand experience and a chance to see your town in a way not previously possible. And best of all, it didn't cost you a cent!ReplyDelete
I am glad that I went. :)Delete
...I've been up in a plane like this a couple of times when I was younger, I don't need to do it again! The canola field sure stand out.ReplyDelete
Thanks Tom, definitely a good time of year to go!Delete
You will get the flying bug now. I spent much time flying in the north. I did et my pilot's license but didn't fly after I passed my flight test.ReplyDelete
Hi Red, I could see how would get the flying bug! I did think about it, and this was at Skywings Aviation which is a training academy.Delete
I took a flight over the South island of New Zealand in a four seater plane years ago one of those highlights of my life. Loved it but I can understand your trepidation. You took some beautiful shots!ReplyDelete
That would have been a lovely flight I am sure!Delete
Thank you! Not bad for cell phone images.
Looks like a Cessna 172, maybe 182. Great bunch to work for.ReplyDelete
Hi Judy, someone told me but I forget!Delete
Great aerial shots! Good for you for being brave enough to try a new experience!ReplyDelete
Thanks Debra, glad I did it, also glad I am not claustrophobic!Delete
Very cool! I have never been in a plane that small... I was in an 8 seater once, and I've been in a few helicopters.ReplyDelete
Hi Steve! It was tiny! I am not sure why but getting into a helicopter seemed much different.Delete
A different perspective on the landscape. Not a thing I've ever had the opportunity to do, though I'd probably be brave enough if I had my camera with me; it's got me doing all sorts of things I wouldn't do otherwise.ReplyDelete
Hi John, I wish Id had my better camera but honestly, I wouldn't have been able to fit my camera bag in there haha!Delete
and the next step is to take flying lessons and get your SEL.ReplyDelete
you'll find that flying a "wee plane" like that one is even easier than driving a car
(and probably safer and super fun!).
I have thought about it....Delete
What a great opportunity and free too. I was in small plane like that years ago and I remember thinking this is smaller than my car. :) What a great perspective you got on an aerial view of your town. I imagine you'll never forget this experience. Thanks for sharing, Jenn, you made a wonderful decision to go airborne. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Bill! I am glad I did it and could see how someone could get the flying bug!Delete
Oh that's great Jenn! I'm glad you faced your fear, you couldn't have got me in that plane!!!ReplyDelete
I figured I had to do it, and am glad I did. :)Delete
oooh jenn, the views were breathtaking!! i am pretty fearless these days, i'm 62 and i kinda' feel if i reach the finish line now, i am ok with that!! i have flown in a helicopter, and a hot air balloon, both for fun but never a small plane like this. the hot air balloon was the best because you can feel the wind in your face and it was surprisingly calm and peaceful, i was not frightened at all!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you! Maybe hot air balloon next for me! I did enjoy the helicopter rides I have been on! I was in a hot air balloon that was tethered down and it went up a bit and gave us a good view of the lake by my house, but I think I need a real balloon ride now!Delete