Courtesy of a very good friend and excellent pilot, I was able to spend a brief time in one of these. It is an amazing aircraft – a lot of room, quite stable in flight and just fun as can be. I took the wheel for about 45 seconds as he worked back to the airport but someone in the queue behind us was getting frantic so I gave it back and we worked our way to the ground.
It is a very strange thing to be in the air like that with only the most brief of statements to a tower. No searches, no fears, no bother…but I know it’s like riding in someone else’s boat – you only get the pleasure, not the misery of ownership.
I keep bugging the man in jest about how long it’d take to get us all to Alaska. Or “can it go to Hawaii??” Trooper and he laugh – yes, with pontoons and a lot of rowing. What a delight…what a lovely kindness to give those few moments of utter joy. Like a kid in a candy store, all I could do was giggle and watch his sure hands adjust the machine like some wizard performing magical alchemy. Oh, for the brain of a younger person…
Just for fun, we went around a local good guys’ range. A friend of sorts, we felt fairly secure from incoming.