Flying is quite the passion. It gives those lucky enough the opportunity to see sights few others experience. Im sure like most if not all of you I really enjoy taking people up flying. I really enjoy getting the opportunity to take people up for their first GA flight. I’ve had my ticket for a couple of years now and in that time I’ve taken 24 different passengers up for flights with a handful of them the flight being their first flight. Getting to share this with someone is a lot of fun.
My daughter has been up with me a few times. She will be turning two in April. She loves to fly. She will come up to me and say “Daddy plane, daddy plane”. I’ll ask her if she wants to go flying and she gets a big smile and nods yes. Here is one of her flights.
I’ve also had the opportunity to bring up both my niece and nephew for their first flights. Both were on frigid winter days so they were dressed for the occasion.
I woke up this morning to a snow globe outside. The flakes were falling pretty steady, but were light enough to float around through the trees. There had been some talk a week ago about going out for a flight with Bill Conger today. The forecast has a big snow storm rolling in around midnight tonight which is supposed to dump 5 -8 inches of snow on us through Monday morning. Based on this information and the current skies I saw out the window it didn’t look very promising.
I got a call from Bill asking if I wanted to just go and check out the plane even if we couldn’t fly. I was game and he said he’d swing by and pick me up in about an hour. During that time the skies parted and the sun took command of the skies. What was a snow globe turned into a bright blue skied day. We headed out to the hanger and after a preflight we were up in the air.
Our flight took us North toward Orr and then we looped back by Elbow Lake and then the length of Vermilion to Tower flying over Fortune Bay and then back to the Cook airport. Along the way we saw many snowmachiners out riding and quite a few people out ice fishing. It sure was a great day to be outside. I got a little big of flying in from the right seat. Bill was patient enough with my turns and difficulties keeping at a steady altitude. Sure was nice to be up in the air. I can’t wait until my flight instruction begins and I can start doing some of this from the left seat and start to work on my landings.