10 months ago
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
It was a late night! 2am-6am flight
Well...Last night, or I guess early this morning I finally did my first night cross country flight. I woke up at 2:00am and headed down to the airport in Provo and started pre-flighting the helicopterand filed a flight plan from Provo to Ogden while my instructor showed up. We ended up departing around 3:15am and just followed I-15 all the way up. The winds were very calm and we had the doors off so we could feel the pockets of warm and cool air along the way. We stayed about 500-1000 ft above the freeway the whole way. We landed in Ogden and refueled and then headed back but made a few stops along the way practicing touch and go's a various airfields along the way. We also decided to take a tour of SLC at 5am and flew around all the big buildings and the temple downtown. It was so fun to be able to just fly around the buildings so low and slowly (one more reason you just gotta love helicopters) enjoying the peaceful sleeping city below. I got home around 6 and went back to bed. My instructor told me that if I ever had any intentions of flying for an EMS service such as life flight, this was a good taste of what that would be like. Well, it's noon so I better get ready for the day and get to work!