Bucket List Update

I know it’s not Sunday yet, but I wanted to post anyway.

My chance to cross a biplane ride off my bucket list didn’t happen today. Unfortunately, the pilot of the Tiger Moth I was going to ride in wasn’t able to get the plane to Gunnedah because of bad weather at his home airport.

As a “consolation prize” I decided to do a Trial Instructional Flight in an autogyro/gyroplane instead. It was a glorious day with plenty of sunshine although the wind was a little chilly at times.

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I did a one hour flight and for part of the flight I was allowed to control the aircraft. Well, the pilot did the footwork but I had control of the joystick. What a buzz! I convinced Mr K to have a go at it too. That’s him on the far side in the picture above.

My “almost 80 year old” mentor from Toastmasters happened to be there too and she also had a go. She loved it too. We’d only heard about the event because of a speech made by a fellow Toastmaster at a recent meeting. Another reason to become a member of Toastmasters. You learn heaps and hear about things you wouldn’t normally know about.

230602My hand-eye coordination could use a bit of work (and practice) and I found myself overanalysing the processes pretty quickly. It would take me a long time to learn to fly one of these but I think I could definitely get hooked. That is, if I had the time and finances to fund the hobby.

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I’d never seen a plane like this before (with fold away wings). It was pretty cool. My English teachers would find my lack of flowery or poetic descriptions abhorrent.

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And this two seater open version would be next on my list I think. Open-mouthed smile

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