Wow I've got a lot to do today. Feels like the first "busy" weekend I've had in awhile. Errands, grass, and...flying!
April 17, 2021
Learning to Fly
America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee) - Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
Watching Prince Phillip's funeral this morning with Renee. I couldn't understand why they're were playing America, my country 'tis of thee. Makes no sense.
Well, I learned today that that song was written in 1831 and uses the same melody as the national anthem of the United Kingdom, God Save the Queen. Apparently it was written as a bit of a, um, nod to our British roots.
I finally went flying with Jake today. I'm not sure, really, why it took me so long and now I'm wishing I would have done it sooner. But, no matter. Today I flew with Jake for the first time.
Just flying in a small plane was, of course, an incredible experience. But, more so, seeing Jake pilot like a boss was nothing short of amazing. He was professional, practiced, and steady as she goes. And, to both of our surprise, his instructor Tyler had him put on the instrument goggles to start his instrument training. We flew for about an hour, and I think Jake was under the goggles for ~45 minutes of that.
Incredible experience, and now I can't wait to do it again.
Tyler had Jake make several maneuvers while wearing the goggles, teaching him how to scan the instruments and to rely on them for feedback as the maneuver was underway. It's an odd feeling, I'm sure, and seems like it would be hard to get used to. Jake seemed pretty comfortable with it, though.