Following on from my ‘Learning to Fly’ blog post I have more photos to share with you from my visit to the Sligo Aero Club. The plane above is a 1941 Piper Cub J3 it’s in beautiful condition and looks exactly as it would have done when it left the factory all those years ago. I’d love to get a go in this (I think!) the side windows come out so it’d be great for taking photos. What puts me off is that there is no fuel gauge, there is a dipstick to check the fuel level, Andrew told me that this works very well and he hasn’t run out of fuel yet!
The plane above is a SeaRay Amphibian aircraft which I suppose is a flying boat!! It was built by some of the members of Sligo Aero Club and has even flown to France! I couldn’t get over it, imagine being able to land on the water in this!…..I wonder should that be my next challenge 😉
This was my little plane 🙂 It really is a tiny little thing, to be honest I thought it would be a lot bumpier than it was considering it was fairly windy. Now back to the aerial photos (and a couple of bits of video). The video below is the plane taking off from the airport. It sounds very noisy but it wasn’t too bad for me because I had headphones on. Of course I forgot how badly my ears suffer so they were popping a bit, but it wasn’t too bad although I was slightly deaf when we landed. The take off and landing where really smooth, fair play to Sean the pilot for doing such a good job.
Another bit of video taken from the air this time (a very short bit and not a great one) but it’ll give you an idea. All photos and video taken with the Canon 1100D which Canon Ireland have lent me.
It’s so amazing seeing the top of the mountain with all the changes in landscape and the snow. I’ll never forget my flight and to be honest I’m planning the next one!! It was such a fantastic experience. The rest of my photos are here.