Last week I mentioned how disappointed Travis (helicopter pilot-in-training boyfriend) and I were that his family day had been rescheduled at the last minute making it impossible for me (and his family coming in from out of town) to attend. Family day was supposed to be a time for us to see the pilots flying around showing off and maybe getting into the control tower to talk to them over the radio. Well – Travis blew Family Day out of the water and decided to rent a helicopter to fly us around in!Travis and a licensed pilot were in the front seat, and his niece and I were in the back. It was her 13th birthday this weekend and her parents didn’t tell her she was actually going to get to fly when they came down here so she was beyond excited! I really wasn’t sure how I’d react once we got up in the air. I kind of freak out when an airplane I’m in hits turbulence and that’s what it felt the entire time we were flying. Imagine being in a teeny tiny helicopter with windows surrounding you so you almost feel like you are floating in the air. Throw in a couple of sudden turns, wind gusts, and ducking birds in the sky, and I started wondering what the clean up fee would be if I vomited everywhere.
Even though I was a little shaky it was incredible having my boyfriend actually flying me around! The licensed pilot took the controls once or twice but Travis did the take-off/landing and virtually all of the flying. Since he’s in flight school I help him study by quizzing him and it was surreal to actually hear them going over the same procedures I’ve quizzed him on!
The pilot made sure to point out the best pool I’ve ever seen in my entire life …While I don’t know if I’d jump at the opportunity to ride in a helicopter again I had an amazing time and am grateful for the experience!
Have you ever flown in a helicopter? Would you?