As mentioned in a previous post, I had a trial flying lesson booked for last Sunday. And it all went through, weather was really nice.
It was kinda crazy fast pace ( faster than what I would expect ). I met my Flight Instructor and strait away he started telling me about the basics of aircraft control. Minutes later we were on our way to the aircraft. A couple minutes later we were strapped in the seats and FI was doing some checks and starting the aircraft engine.
FI requested taxi and I was taxing … what ?! We got to the holding position and waited for runway to be vacated, a few more more checks and radio exchanges later and we are speeding on the runway … I didn’t realize that steering can be so sensitive at speed and for a while we where chasing snakes … then positive climb in the air. Woohoo! I’m kinda speechless. When we reached our intended altitude, FI shown me aircraft reaction to controls and then instructed me to take control.
I was feeling speechless, really. Listening to FI , following instructions, like a dream with an inexperienced execution on my behalf.
What really surprised me, was how much control and hands on I had during that flight. I even did approach for landing , maneuver which I always thought was damn hard and I would not be able to execute it. But with some, apparently discreet, help from FI we landed.
It was only after I left the Club for train station, it occurred to me that it was exactly the same when I had my first driving lesson. No BS, full dive in to a whole new world.
I really want to go back there, really. What is funny is that I realised that, after I landed.
What is next ?
I have delegation hanging over my head, so I will have to wait until I’m back from India. Then, quick booking for medical check in Gatwick ( I will go for JAR 1 Class ). If I get the cert I will have to take some time to find a suitable Flight School which eventually will get me on the commercial road. If not, BAFC will see me back, strait away.
Flying is great!
PS. I had a pleasure of flying Piper PA28-161 Warrior with Mr. John Hartill from British Airways Flying Club.