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So, as young_egotist already mentioned, JK took her and I up for a little bit of flying this past Sunday. This was my first time up in anything smaller than a 20-30 passenger commercial prop plane, and it was really quite a lot of fun. He's a good pilot- meticulous, careful, and knowledgeable. I was really flattered that he asked me- we'd discussed it hypothetically, but I didn't think that he'd ask me up on his first club flight!

We flew out of Tipton Airport, near his home. He's recently rejoined the flying club there... they have one end of the airport, an area that looks like a disused military base (because it is). We went up in a Cessna Skyhawk, in this case a 20-year-old model, a stable and reliable craft from what I've heard. Seemed all right to me...

Since there was that pesky winter weather coming in from the west, JK scrubbed the original plan (go to Easton, eat lunch, return) and the backup plan (go to Frederick, eat lunch, return) and decided we would just go up, fly down to a locale on the bay called the "Deale Intersection", and back. Good decision- by the time we got to the intersection, the line of snow was only a very short distance away, and we landed back at Tipton just before the flurries changed over to actual snow.

Fortunately, the weather was dead calm and visibility was pretty good (except in the direction of the weather). I actually got to fly the plane for a few minutes! That was... interesting. I was kind of nervous about it, but (as I mentioned) it's a pretty stable plane, and it's not like I felt it was dangerous at all. It was a bit difficult to hold a steady course- inertia means a lot more up there- and turning was a bit odd as well. Then there's the whole three-dimensionality of the thing... After a while, it got to be too much of a strain- I had my seat shoved back, and I certainly didn't want to slide it forward while my hands were on the wheel, so I relinquished control. JK was very patient and encouraging with me the whole time.

JK took us through a few reasonably-tight turns, which was a bit of a thrill- very cool to see the land turning under us like that. He took us back up the western shore of the bay to Annapolis, and we circled around the Naval Academy before heading home. A pretty campus, whether you see it from the ground or the air.

No, it wasn't the best day for pictures, but feel free to check out what I managed to do with what we had...

We were only 1300 ft. (or so) up. There's something very odd about flying at that altitude. You can still see so many details, but you ignore all the boundaries, roads, walls... It was a very sleepy landscape, what with the low grey light and the bare deciduous trees interlaced with the evergreens...

A lot of fun, and I hope to do it again with him sometime...

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Seconded, way cool!! I wanna go flying!!! :)

Yeah the LTC is a good pilot, I have gone flying with him a couple of times now and I also had my hand on the controls...I loved how the wind really pushed you around the skies...you really noticed it.

Depending on when you guys flew over Annapolis, you probably flew over me and geochick

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Yeah, I've heard that choppers are a whole 'nother world entirely...

This wasn't too bad. Not that I want to take flying lessons... aside from it would make monsteralice want to kill me, the last thing I need is another expensive hobby.

I like the new icon, too...

What an amazing experience - I am glad you had it. And to actually fly the plane yourself!? Just incredible. Thank you so much for telling about it.

I rode in a small craft once (flying to and over the Grand Canyon). ::happy sigh::

No, it wasn't the best day for pictures, but feel free to check out what I managed to do with what we had...

Holy sh*t! I was so scared just looking at the pictures! (I'm not crazy about heights.) It did look magical, tho.

The only time I ever noticed the height is when I opened the window to take a picture or two. Otherwise, it didn't really register too badly. And I don't have the best head for heights, either- on top of Temple IV at Tikal, I was really shaky. But that far up, and with no connection to the ground, it was easier to ignore...

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