Sunday, December 2, 2007

Pilot Episode

Back in January, Aey gave me two great birthday presents; Meghan and an introductory flight at a local flight school. The first has kept us both busy through the year but I finally got around to trying the other when I went to American Flyers yesterday to fly around for an hour in a Cessna 172 (edit: it was windy and 2 seconds after the instructor said "it's yours", it went sideways and down). Today I went back for two hours in the simulator.

About the only thing missing from the simulator was the hydraulics - two screens for the pilot (the world view and the instruments), all the buttons and radio equipment of the Cessna, rudder pedals, yoke with feedback and a control station for the instructor to set the weather and other simulator conditions. Very good and lots of fun.

4 comments:

Olga Foster said...

you are one brave soul.

Martin Thomas said...

Did I mention it was windy and the ride was a little bouncy? Still, it was fun..

Olga Foster said...

as i mentioned before you are one brave soul....funny thing is that i don't mind bunjee jumping, i don't mind jumping out of an airplane but i do mind flying it.....:)

will you take more classes and continue this?

Martin Thomas said...

I have jumped out of a plane and now I've tried flying a plane. I think flying was easier. I think I might like a few more classes but I am not sure if I have enough time to get a licence..