One of my wife's colleagues, an astronomer named Carlos, is a licensed pilot and loves to fly small planes. Carlos is also a licensed instructor and can fly the big passenger jets too. He's a member of the Real Aeroclub de Tenerife (Royal Flying Club of Tenerife) and offered to take us around the island. When he first said I'd be flying the plane, I made polite laughter at what I thought was a predictable joke. Once we were in the air, however, he handed over the controls to me! I flew for about 45 minutes, making ascents, descents, and simple turns.
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|The dashboard has several dials you have to keep an eye on or you die. This made it tempting to not look out the window, but you have to do that too or you'll die.|
It was a good day for flying, with clear seeing and only a little turbulence. The turbulence made me a bit skittish, especially when it pushed the nose of the plane one way or the other. Carlos didn't seem to mind, though, so that put me at ease. He was snapping photos (the top one is his, the rest are by my wife), and turning around to chat with my wife sitting behind us. He was a good teacher, too, so I felt like I was in good hands. Thanks again, Carlos!
|Nice view. i was more concerned with the dashboard.|
|"We're still alive, that means I'm doing well!"|
|Pretty as long as you keep your distance.|
|As the old pilots' saying goes: any landing you walk away from is a good landing. (I didn't land the plane)|
So am I going to get my pilot's license? No. It's too expensive and time consuming. I'd have to give up travel! That said, I wouldn't mind piloting a small plane again sometime. . .