This experience of a 'Flying Lesson along the immediate Fylde coast and Blackpool Tower' has been nine months in the making.
My son and family purchased the event as a birthday/ Christmas gift December 16,whilst I was indeed very pleased with the idea of it I couldn't help a nervous feeling surfacing from time to time which said ' do I really want this at my later age (77)'. In the event the answer was a resounding, yes.
My retirement 'job' DavidWalshawArt, has been extremely busy through Spring and Summer which gave me the opportunity to push back on the 'event', however Autumn beckoned and a date was set, 24 September.
Four days previous the sun was shining strongly and i realised how much I was looking forward to the date, strangely not a stressed fibre in the body, even though the forecast was not good. Come the day the threatened bad weather had been delayed and on our arrival at Blackpool Airport ( Air Navigation and Trading Company) the clouds were quite high.
The staff at AirNav were immediately welcoming, friendly and disarmingly personal, in a way that any nerves would straightaway dissipate. My instructor Russell introduced himself to me and all attendant family and then presented me with a set of headphones and attached mike. Five minutes later I was following him onto the tarmac making a beeline for a very attractive, substantial looking, single engine'Cessna'. Straight past it we walked to a less substantial looking, smaller single engine 'Cessna'. Many many photos later by family, and I climbed aboard with Russell into the very cosy twin seats.
Detailed, interesting, info on security,preflight checks and the simplistic principal of controls were explained and we then taxied to a runway and a three plane queue. Our turn and up we went to a1000 then 1500 feet. What was absolutely amazing was the fact with my hands also on the controls there were long periods when I was actually flying this plane,reasonably following instructions, nose up,nose down a bit, drop wing, level up. Russell's easy commentary, between instruction, on what we were looking at and the discreet way he took back control, made for an absolutely great experience.
Once round the Tower and we were homing in on the runway, down we went, taxied to the hanger. Job done. Just brilliant experience.
Yes, I recommend this product.