Everyone has a dream, whether it’s hiking up Kilimanjaro in a gorilla suit or breaking the world record for largest number of shoes owned by a single person. If your dream leaves you identifying with cheesy pop songs about feeling like a bird or believing you can fly, get a real flying experience and a thirty minute flight with the Flying School for R750.
Even if you long to take to the skies, the thought of getting into what is essentially a large metal bird can be somewhat disconcerting. A briefing with a professional instructor who has experience with his feet not being on solid ground will help you to leave your doubts instead of your self-confidence (and maybe your stomach) on the terra firma when you finally get into the air. Not only will they walk you around the inside of the plane and show you the shiny machinery, they’ll take you through all the checks a pilot has to do before aiming themselves skyward. Of course, if you’re not that interested in how much fuel should be in the tank or exactly what the readings on the gauges should be, after all the technical talk is over, you get to experience the more practical side of being in the air.
While training pilots only fly for five minutes at a stretch, one of the Flying School’s professional pilots will take you up and around the big blue for a full half-hour, letting you experience a birds-eye view of the world without the wind in your hair or bugs in your teeth.
After some time in the air living out your fantasies of soaring through the air like superman or a very large, featherless bird, the Flying School will provide something to nibble on to settle the adrenalin that’ll no doubt be flooding your system. Seeing as your adrenalin-fuelled appetite will ensure that breakfast will probably be gone seconds after it reaches your plate, they’ll also provide a more lasting souvenir; a snapshot of you probably looking dazed and awestruck after your amazing experience in the air.
A full half hour in the air probably won’t stop you from listening to those cheesy pop songs, but at least you’ll be able to listen with nostalgia rather than wishful-thinking.
Arm-flapping Fact: An amusement park in Jersey recently introduced an innovative alternative to flying to their list of attractions. After being fitted with a very technically advanced, aerodynamic bird-suit, guests are able to fly around a domed flight area built to resemble a coffee cup.