Monday, June 02, 2008

First Flight 

I had my first flying lesson today! It was in a tiny little two-seater plane, and I had so much fun! I was trying it out today to see if I'd like it, and I do believe I'll be returning for more. My instructor took me all through the preflight check and then he taxied it out and took us out and up to about 3000 feet. As he was flying he was explaining how to turn and otherwise maneuver, and then he turned it over to me. I got to fly for probably 40 minutes, just learning to turn, go up, go down, spot landmarks, and other such fun. The first time I turned, it was quite a surprise as we leaned WAY over to the left and down. But it didn't take long for me to get the feel of it and soon I was able to keep it much more smooth, and eventually I even began looking somewhere other than directly at my selected landmark. It was quite difficult convincing myself that I could look up, down and all around and I wasn't going to crash.

Then he had me take us down and toward the airport. As we got close he then took over the controls and took us in. We had to fly around a few times as there was a bit of traffic on the runway, but eventually we did land.

Here's a page with some pictures of the type of plane I flew today.

And I'll have you know I had not one iota of any type of airsick symptoms. It was a blast! Tomorrow I'll be making another appointment.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:30 PM