Kian has had one wish for quite some time.......to fly in a plane. Now I know he has been dreaming of a warm family holiday involving plane travel, but we have not been able to afford it so I decided to do something different, something I had done as a child and something both his elder brother and sister got to experience too.
I booked him a Flying Lesson!
I booked hubby a skydive for his 40th birthday, so I had no problems getting him to the airfield for his surprise. We watched Daddy get kitted up and all waited nervously for his jump, which I will tell you all about separately and then we sprung our surprise.
|With his Gift Certificate|
We booked in at Go Fly and waited for our Pilot and plane to return from a previous lesson. When he arrived he gave us a briefing, some glamorous headphones to wear and escorted us to his plane.
Getting in was amusing as no steps for this kind of plane - you stand on a footplate and clamber onto the wing before getting in, but we were soon all comfy and David (our pilot) went through all the pre-flight checks with Kian's help.
We were soon ready for take off and I have to say that hurtling down a grass runway is an experience in itself. I had forgotten how much more bumpy a small plane is, but we soon got used to it. Once we were at 1,200 feet we stopped climbing and David showed Kian how to fly it himself.
Kian wasn't keen on taking the controls so David asked if he liked rollercoasters - he does. David the proceeded to show us how to feel "Postive G" and "Negative G" before asking if we would like to experience "Zero G"........of course we would I said through gritted teeth in the back. Kian loved every minute of it!
We then headed off to see the sights.
Sadly it was a really hazy day, so we couldn't see Bournemouth, but we did fly as far as Ringwood lakes and flew over Salisbury a couple of times so I could get a picture of Salisbury Cathedral from the air.
We then did a flypast low along the runway waving furiously to Nanny, Daddy, Eliza and Isaac before flying up and away again for a final lap in the air.
Once we were back on terra firma, Kian was awarded a certificate and excitedly told Daddy, Nanny, Isaac and Eliza all about his experience and not one moan that he didn't get any of the presents on his list!
A magic moment that will stay with us forever!!