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Old 03-20-2008, 12:10 PM   #1
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Your flight experience

Who enjoys flying? I do!

I have been fortunate enough to be an EMT while at the same time working at an airport. Because of this, two unique opportunities presented themselves to me.

I was able to fly in the co-pilot's seat on an EC-135 medical helicopter from the airport to/from a hospital to pick up the crew, and also spend two shifts with them for a total flight time of about 4 hours.

I was also able to fly in the co-pilot's seat of an Mu-2, a smallish twin-engine turboprop, that did cargo runs overnight. The pilot was nice enough to let me have control from shortly after takeoff to shortly before landing. I have about 12 hours of stick time in that aircraft.

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Old 03-20-2008, 12:26 PM   #2
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That looks awesome! My most thrilling flight experience was in a hot air balloon. Pretty cool, but not nearly as exhilarating as a helicopter flight, I'm sure.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:32 PM   #3
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Helicopters are definitely the most fun. I love love love love love love them. If I win the lotto, I'm buying a helicopter and starting my own air ambulance service. I wouldn't hesitate a second to do it.

Hot air balloons give me the heeby-jeebies! I don't think I'd go up in one. But it's funny you said that - as soon as I read it, my co-worker said that he's going to take a week off in June to go up in a hot air balloon.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:44 PM   #4
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lol, mattmac. you'll fly a helicopter (a marvel of physics and mechanics that it gets off the ground), but you won't fly in a hot air baloon?

hot air v.s. cyclic/collective/thrust/ counter rotation, etc. etc...

j/k. i'd love to try to fly one.

i've spent way too manmy hours flying simulators, so that when i used to hang out in a pub that was frequented by a lot of pilots, they thought i was one by our casual conversations.

but i really was given the opportunity to fly a cessna 152. i loved every second of it. simulators are great, but there's no way to judge ground speed and the "seat of your pants" effect until you're actually in the air.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:53 PM   #5
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I know what you mean - the *feeling* is a huge part of controlling the aircraft, as is depth perception and peripheral vision. Especially in a Cessna 152 - those things are so small, you feel like you're wearing the aircraft when you're inside of it!
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:28 PM   #6
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Ok, this is not what I thought this thread would be about. Never have flown anything other than a commercial passenger. But what I will say is that the best flights are the ones where you hit alot of turbulence. I think that is the coolest feeling in the world when your tummy drops. (I'm usually the fool in the back of the plane with their hands in the air saying "WHOOOO HOO!!!".)
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:35 PM   #7
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I agree - smooth flights are like riding in a car. Boooooooooooorrrrriiinnngggg. Turbulence is when it really feels like flying!
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:34 PM   #8
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I don't have flight experience like you do, but I have falling experience I went skydiving a few years ago - what a rush. Going up in the small plane was a different experience, too. Last year, when DH and our exchange student went skydiving, I sat next to the pilot to take pictures - that was fun, too.

And several years ago, we flew in a puddle jumper from Miami to Key West - the plane sat about 8 people and the plastic windows zipped closed. I was right behind the pilot and had to open my knees a bit because his seat leaned back into me! It was the weirdest feeling to fly through clouds in that little plane!
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:36 PM   #9
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I don't have flight experience like you do, but I have falling experience I went skydiving a few years ago - what a rush. Going up in the small plane was a different experience, too. Last year, when DH and our exchange student went skydiving, I sat next to the pilot to take pictures - that was fun, too.
You got to take your exchange student skydiving?!? What organization do you go through? Ours isn't allowed. He can't even go rock climbing! (Insurance rules).
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You got to take your exchange student skydiving?!? What organization do you go through? Ours isn't allowed. He can't even go rock climbing! (Insurance rules).
I don't remember - we've used several with different students. She was 18 and had her mother's permission, so out they went
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