Airport was the location for this terrific Birthday present in 2005
a hoot !
minute briefing: "This is how to fly."
minute flight: "Now it's your turn to fly."
instructor took off and we made our way to the Moorabbin Training
Area on a very busy, beautiful (23°C) Melbourne Sunday, with only
a light wind to help steer the thing and a Tigermoth and other assorted
aircraft buzzing us (too often).
away from anything we could hit, I had the controls: cyclic, collective,
tail rotor pedals. Very pleased to have the instructor there though,
lemme tell ya. Where's that throttle again? What altimeter? bubble
gauge? hhmm ..... manifold pressure? ..... other aircraft? .....
he can watch those things - it's his chopper, after all.
see Melbourne skyline immediately after take-off. Damned hard to
get one's bearings from the air. Was over my place before I knew
it - gave controls back to him for a coupla minutes, so I could
take some pics.
money were no object, which would I prefer to learn - fixed-wing,
altitude (usually 1500-2000 feet) - therefore, GREAT views
to have both hands on controls (cyclic and collective) and
feet moving the pedals ALL the time
can imagine there'd be plenty of time to take in the great
view (well, with an instructor onboard there was, or after
many hours experience)
SOOOO maneuverable ! Fantaaaaaaastic !
- I think I'll leave the decision of which until I've had more hours
flying both - if I get that "lotsa $$$". But - from a
short "joy-flight" perspective, who cares about the $$$? An excellent
way to spend time. If you're thinking: "maybe I'd like that", think
of it as a once-in-a-lifetime thing and DO IT !!
More info ==> Peninsula
another once-in-a-lifetime thing to do ==> Furball's