Between Sandy and weeks of regular old rainy weather, it has been too long since I've flown. It gets a lot harder to find time when it is already dark when I get home on the weekdays.
This weekend finally turned out to be pretty nice. Saturday afternoon I met my friend Drew Matlack and his son Jonas at the airport. Jonas had watched his brother Ethan get a ride on his birthday and wanted the same treat. I was happy to oblige.
Jonas is excited to go and surprised that he can move an entire airplane. He pushes it onto the taxi line so that we can load up.
Jonas got lots of pictures of the interior and exterior of the plane.
Here's one of his shots of the interior.
We do a preflight briefing and explain what we'll be doing. It's his first time in a light plane.
Drew and Jonas all buckled in and ready to go.
We take off and fly over to the Matlack's neighborhood. Here's Jonas in the back.
We circle Jonas' school, then over to.....
his house. His sister is bouncing on a trampoline in the back yard and waving to us.
We land for some fuel before going up for a little more flying and a low pass. Jonas runs around getting pictures of everything.
We had a great flight. We did a landing, circled his house and saw his sister jumping on their trampoline waving, then back to the airport for a low pass and landing.
Jonas nails an "Eagle One" pose.
Jonas helps me with the post flight clean up. He took a bunch of pictures.
We tuck the plane back in the hangar. That's Jonas in front of it, still taking pictures. I'm glad he enjoyed himself.
Andrew came back out a few weeks later to help me bring home the workbenches in the last picture. We decided to give his daughter, Hannah, a ride. The last kid is in diapers and will have to wait a few years.
She had a great time, but even though she asked for them, I think the steep banks made her a little queasy. Less is more on a demo ride.