Part 2: Spreading my wings

The plane jolted up and down, then rocked from side to side.

I held the controls with an iron grip, my knuckles probably white underneath my mittens. I tried to keep the wings even with the horizon and the nose steady, but maybe my hands were shakier than I thought.

Then pilot Gerry Thompson, sitting next to me on the right side of the Cessna 150, told me he often hits turbulence in that airspace.

“As long as that’s not me,” I said, relaxing a little.

“We’ve climbed 300 feet,” he said, pointing to the altimeter.

So much for keeping the nose on the skyline.

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I scribble down notes at pilot Gerry Thompson talks me through the walkabout, an inspection done on the plane before each flight.

I scribble down notes at pilot Gerry Thompson talks me through the walkabout, an inspection done on the plane before each flight.

 

I'm ready go ... though sitting in the driver's side of the plane is a little intimidating.

I'm ready go ... though sitting in the driver's side of the plane is a little intimidating.

 

 

Sitting in front of the "six pack" - the six major gauges used to fly, which show height, speed, direction and other vital information.

Sitting in front of the "six pack" - the six major gauges used to fly, which show height, speed, direction and other vital information.

 

The view of Nepean from the air ... I think my house is down there somewhere.

The view of Nepean from the air ... I think my house is down there somewhere.

3 Comments

  1. Grace said,

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    Keep it up.
    I would do the same if had the energy and no commitments

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    -Bill-Bartmann

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