Sunday, February 01, 2009

Flying The Champ

I've been thinking about fulfilling an old dream and getting a pilot's license, so I took an introductory flight in a beautifully-restored 1946 Aeronca 7AC Champion. The wind was pretty gusty, so we didn't do a whole lot, but I flew the plane through level flight and made some left and right turns. The instructor did some steep turns and power-off stalls before landing. I was pleased that all the time I've spent flying on the computer translated to the real thing--the control movements felt very familiar.

I haven't decided if I want to continue, but it's sure fun to think about!

More pictures here.

1 comment:

Phil said...

Excellent - that must have been a blast! I nearly co-purchased a 1947 Piper Cub three years ago but went back to college instead. One day... You also sound like a flight sim nut like me! Seen the hidden flight sim in Google Earth????

Otherwise hope all is well with you.