A dear friend of mine is a pilot and he took us on an adventure.
He flew to Charleston to pick up some mutual friends and we all went to the Grateful Dead show. The flowing day he flew them back and we got to tag along for the ride.
I have never been in a small plane like this and was fighting off a mini panic attack at first. Part nerves, part late night shenanigans and part just the heat inside the plane before it cools off in the air.
I got to sit up front on the ride there. Gary was great at explaining what all of the instruments did. There is so much to look at.
This is his second plane. The first was a single engine 4 seater and now he has a twin engine 6 seater. He is already looking at the next "King Air" 9 seater to upgrade to. I am really just in awe. The headsets not only help with noise and allow us to speak with one another, but you can also hear all of the air traffic correspondence to and from all the other pilots and tower. All of it over my head.
Above is Buckhead, below you can see Stone Mountain.
Spotted a huge Rock Quarry.
Scoped out lots of places I want to paddle one day.
We ran into a little patch of rain, luckily nothing too scary. The most turbulence we had was after taking off in Atlanta and getting above the puffy clouds. It felt like I was riding the Tower of Terror at Disney. Other than that is was really smooth. Much smoother than I anticipated.
I took video of us landing in Charleston to show off Gary's mad flying skills.
These little airports are swanky! One could get really spoiled with traveling like this.
These places do not make you pay to park and if you are a pilot you can even get a free car to drive around in for a few hours through the airport.
So what's the down side? See above and below.
Limit your coffee intake for sure before embarking on a trip.
What a long strange trip it's been.
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