King of the skys!
Last week I was given the opportunity to take a friend of the family’s young son on a flight around the San Juans. The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) calls this a Young Eagles Flight, I call it a fun day flying.
There are few things more satisfying than sharing your passions with someone, it’s even better when that someone is interested, intelligent, and enthusiastic about the passion you are sharing. Young Mr. Larry proved to be a delightful passenger and a skilled co-pilot. Not only did he keep us straight and level while I was futzing with the camera, he managed to learn something in the process, which puts him one notch above me when I was his age.
It was a great day for flying, with just a few clouds. We took off from Harvey airfield (S43) and flew to Friday Harbor (KFHR). We did a landing at Friday Harbor after entering a very busy pattern, then took off again and flew to Bellingham (KBLI) for a touch and go. Again, Bellingham was very busy, I was following two aircraft going in and there were three coming in behind me. Once I was abeam the number for 16, the tower asked me for a short pattern and I was all too happy to oblige. I cut my throttle, pulled out the carb-heat and dumped all my flaps out and dived at the runway. Well, it wasn’t that dramatic, but I managed to get down and off the runway before the next guy was on base. Larry agreed that that was a fun pattern. On the way back to Harvey, I did a couple of zero G push-overs and that REALLY got a smile on Larry’s face.
The landing at Harvey was uneventful, and 1.8 hours were logged. Larry had a great time, and the Young Eagle paper work is winging it’s way to the EAA.