Look Ma, I’m flying a plane
Over & out! The plane we flew.
Here’s my boo! Global Aviation Corp
“YOU’RE GONNA FLY A PLANE FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY!!” As those words slipped out of my mouth, I can see my boyfriend’s happiness turn to excitement. He looked like a kid trying candy for the first time, so cute! As the day got closer, he got more and more excited and nervous; and I, remained kinda – emotionless. I can’t really think of a word to describe how I felt, but I just wasn’t as excited about it as my boyfriend was. I think I was just trying to remain calm and not psych myself out about all the bad things that could happen on that plane ride. Usually, before I do any crazy activities, I tend to search up – “wisdom teeth surgery gone wrong” or in this case, “plane ride gone wrong”. Especially with all the crazy plane crash stories lately, it’s kind of hard not to think about it. My boyfriend hates that about me, but you know, you want to be prepared for the worst. Or as he would say – you’re just being silly.
The day finally approached and I can honestly say, I was SUPER excited and nervous about it. It’s really happening, like omg I might die in the next hour or so feeling. As we approach the plane, we were both kinda speechless. We felt the adrenaline rushing through our body, as we stepped into the plane, getting ready for take off. Our instructor gave us approx. a 15 minute or less of instruction on how to fly this plane. We both take turns flying the plane, my boyfriend flew us to CT and I flew us back. There were a million things I wanted to ask while he was giving us instructions, but my mind was drawing a blank. Out of the blue, the instructor said, “Okay, we’re gonna start flying now.” All I remember was thinking – Oh shit, what the heck?? We’re flying? Wait, what’s going on? OMG WE’RE GONNA DIE!!!!! Keep in mind, I was freaking out because my boyfriend was the one flying it and we only had a 15 min orientation. Once again, I was freaking out for no reason at all. (I bet as my boyfriend is reading this, he’s probably laughing at how silly I am.)
The plane ride itself was around 30 minutes of flying per person. It’s a small, one engine plane, ours was called the Piper. It has a dual control system, so the instructor can essentially take over at any time. Our instructor was really laid back and fun. When we were on the ground getting ready to fly, we had to control the plane on the ground. There are two pedals on the bottom, just like a car, you utilize them to turn left and right on the ground. As you’re navigating on the ground, you start speeding up your engine and once you hit the 70mpg mark, you start pulling the steering wheel back towards you half way for lift off. When you’re in the air, it’s a pretty smooth ride. As a passenger, you can take pictures and enjoy the view. As the pilot, you have to really pay attention to the sky (aka your road) and make sure you’re leveled. The ride itself was pretty smooth and relaxing. The landing is probably the hardest part, but fortunately, we don’t land the planes. I wouldn’t trust myself landing a plane and not crash into the ground.
Overall, the whole experience was unbelievable. Definitely recommend this company to anyone who is looking to fly a plane. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The location is nice.