I can’t believe I haven’t updated this journal in over a year I don’t usually have anything to ramble on about, but now I do. Last Sunday (22nd) I went flying in a Texan Fly Synthesis, which is a light sport plane. It was absolutely amazing! We’d initially booked for a 30 minute flight on my birthday the week prior, but our booking got lost and no one showed up. Thanks to the little blunder, I got an extra 30 minutes with no added cost. I’m so thankful for the extra time, because it really does fly when you’re up in the air. My pilot/instructor, Ritchie, was awesome too. He was so friendly. He showed me how to fill and check the fuel level/consistency, and also what needs checking on the plane in case of any previous damage. It was a great mini lesson.
We left the airfield at Caloundra and flew into the Sunshine Coast hinterland. My Mum wanted us to fly over our house in Maleny, which took ages to find. Finding Maleny was easy enough, especially Baroon Pocket Dam which the town is close to, but finding the house was a nightmare. We managed to find it thanks to the new Round-about that got installed just up the road. We then flew towards the Glasshouse Mountains, and went around Mount Beerwah. It was epic being so close to it. At some point, we flew up into the clouds, and everywhere you looked was just white. I remember coming up above the clouds for a few seconds, and the sight was incredible; just a sea of white. Throughout our flight I was able to have a go at steering the plane. It’s an experience I’ll never forget
Along with the flight, I got a micro-disc with some of our flying footage on it. The camera was supposed to sit in a holder which attaches to the windshield, but the holder was broken. Instead we alternated filming by hand, which I think is an added bonus because there was a lot more freedom with what to film. I took some photos on my own camera too, which I’ve selected the better ones to share: Those photos were of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. I think the lake is Lake Somerset. I know Ritchie told me, but I forgot/was too preoccupied taking photos to remember, and had to google it, so hopefully it’s right. There’s also a photo of the clouds we flew through
Also, some stills from the video footage too: Mostly shots over Caloundra West as we came in to land. The airfield is the huge cross.
This was definitely an experience I’d love to do again someday. And by visiting the airfield and watching the Skydivers taking off, a part of me is also thinking of doing some skydiving. Knowing me, I’d probably refuse to jump from the plane at the last minute