Re: Plane ride turns into flight instruction!
There I was...ready for my 11:00am $50.00 plane ride at the Portage County Airport. *I saw the advertisement the day before and made my appointment. *I thought, should be pretty cool, check out some of the local scenery, bring my camera, etc. *So I sign in and talk with the pilots for a short while as they're prepping for the next flight (they're running alittle behind), then I relax in the truck and start reading the paper. *One of the pilots takes up the earlier passengers and I'm just relaxing.
Up to truck, the other pilot asks me 'so, do you wanna fly the plane?'. *
SuperDave replies - 'ah, yea'
He asked me if I had any ambitions of becoming a licensed pilot and I replied - 'ah, yea'
Apparently there were no other bookings for my time slot nor the next. *This guy explains that they have a 'Be A Pilot Program' where for the same cost of the trip, I can actually take instruction, fly the plane and setup my first log book and use the hours for certification.
So after signing more stuff and thanking him for the opportunity, I go back to the truck to wait for the previous flight to come back. *Yea, like I'm going to finish reading the paper. *My mind is trying to comprehend what I just signed for and how cool this might be. *Then I'm thinking, with my luck someone is going to show up at the last second and blow this for me. Damn, it's taking forever for that previous flight to get back (butterflies are now taking over my stomach).
Can they be serious?
So the flight returns, passengers all head out, and I show my log book to the pilot and he says 'oh, OK, the Be A Pilot Program'. *We then begin a lenghty pre-inspection and instruction routine. *Brain is now in full sponge mode!
I know, long story so I'll try to wrap it up. *Single engine (4 cylinder - 150hp engine), 4 passenger plane. *I'm sitting in the Pilot's seat and he is in the Co-Pilot seat with identical controls. *Engine now warm, I start to taxi the runway. *Kinda weird to steer this plane, over-compensating back and forth, finally started getting the hang of it. *There we were, all set up for takeoff. *As the pilot got permission, he informed me that he would operate the throttle and I had the rest. *As we started down the runway gaining more and more speed, I pulled on the yoke, and was instructed 'pull it back some more, more, more..now start leveling it out at 1000ft. *NOOOOO WAAAAYYYY, this was soo cool. *Flew over my house and local spots, praticed my left and right banking and yaw? control. *Flew for about 40 minutes (real casual - nothing crazy). *The pilot landed the plane, which was perfectly fine by me. *I had a blast!!!! *Just wanted to share.
I never win anything, but this was so lucky and unexpected.
Hmmm, pilot certification next? *