I have a great desire to fly a light aircraft. I’ve had it for as long as I can remember. Yet to date reality has prevented me from fulfilling this dream.
My flight fix has therefore taken the form of bungee-jumping, parachuting and climbing onto as many light aircraft and scheduled flights as possible. Yet despite all that fun, getting a Pilot’s Licence remains high on my Wish List.
Operating from Fisantekraal Airstrip near Durbanville, my flight instructor Alysha Fourie conducted theory indoors with vital lessons such as “don’t pull this too hard or we will die”. Once I had the joy stick, peddles, rudder, fuselage and aileron sorted in my mind we did a pre-flight check and climbed into the plane to take to the air.
This is the light aircraft that my lesson was in Savannah XL VG – the sweetest thing.
Once strapped in we headed to the runway where we queued prior to take-off. The flight path lead us towards Perdeberg, and once we were steady I took the controls and was guided through the sensitivities required to maintain height and stability at 2000 ft. We were up there for nearly 40 minutes with me bringing us back to the airpstrip, dropping to a height of 1000 ft and lining her up for the landing – which Alysha capably handled.
The view across the farmlands was amazing, such a treat to have a bird’s eye view.
It was very interesting to note that getting a Private Pilots’ Licence is not unreachable. Actually it requires 45 hours and about R75000.00 – that seems do-able. Now all I need is a sponsor or a more profitable day job and that life-long dream can become a reality. For now I’m back on ground, but it will take much before I again feel grounded. More than ever, my dreams have me flying.
NOTE – I recommend Aerosport Cape Town for any aircraft bookings, whether you be planning a scenic flight in a microlight or a career as a Commercial Pilot.