What is on your bucket list? How long is your list? How many times in your life have you thought about this but have put it aside. Or perhaps you haven’t been able to realize the things you have wanted to do.

If you are passionate about flying and still carry that excited feeling inside you, perhaps you should really take the time and check this one off from your bucket list.

The first time I walked into “Langley Flying School”, I didn’t know what I was getting into.

With less than CAD $80 after tax, you are able to realize your dream. (If you are outside Canada you should know that here all prices are quoted before taxes.)

With this price, not only can you take your first flying lesson but also you can take a passenger with you to share your experience with. I recommend you take your partner or a close friend.

I asked Marianna, to accompany me. First she was hesitant about it and then agreed. She was kind to take pictures and videoed our experience so I can share it with you.

When I first booked our flying session, I was thinking we would be passengers with a pilot, taking a 30 min scenic tour in a light aircraft.

As we were waiting for our pilot, we had time to hang out with another pilot who was tending his plane. He asked us, which one of you will be flying today. Marianna and I, looked at each other, both answered in surprise; What? Is one of us really flying today? He answered yes, this is a flying lesson you are taking.

It was a nice surprise, even better than I thought. As Marianna definitely decided to take the passenger seat, I jumped at the opportunity happily.

Our instructor came and introduces himself. His name was Carl Tingstad, very friendly and nice. I can now say a great instructor, trustworthy and patient.

We flew with a Piper Cherokee GCEP, a light aircraft designed for four passengers. As safety is the first in flying, our lesson started with safety checking of the plane including checking fuel, oil and engine. After filling both tanks we went to the landing zone and waited for flying permission from control tower.

You won’t believe it but our first flight started with an emergency landing. The door on Carl’s side didn’t close properly on take off and he indicated to us that we needed to land the plane. He told us calmly, but in fact it was an emergency landing. He contacted control tower for permission to land. He then told us it is our lucky day because I could practice take off and landing twice. I should say I was more excited than scared.

But don’t worry, nothing would of happen to us. These aircrafts are safe and can fly with the door open. It was just a little noisier than it suppose to be and perhaps would of used up more fuel.

We made a short landing and after Carl adjusted his door we took off immediately.

Carl is a great instructor. He calmly gave me direction and encouragement and I found myself taking control of the plane. With his patient manners, he helped reduce my stress and anxiety. He trusted me to the point of where I was maneuvering the plane in some complicated moves.

He even allowed me to land the plane by doing some small adjustments. I had the control column (yoke) in hand but of course Carl was in charge of the flight.

Our lovely sunny Sunday turned into a memorable day. We flew over Langley and White Rock towards the ocean . It was simply awesome.

Don’t keep flying on your bucket list, just fly.

For more info about flying school in Langley visit this website:

http://www.langleyflyingschool.com/

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The Piper Cherokee is a family of light aircrafts.
The Piper Cherokee is a family of light aircraft.

 

This aircraft is designed for flight training, air taxi, and personal use.
This aircraft is designed for flight training, air taxi, and personal use.

 

Marianna and Toby about to board the aircraft.

 

Fuelling tank with our instructor Carl Tingstad, gas prices for planes are a little higher than fuel for cars.
Fuelling tank with our instructor Carl Tingstad, gas prices for planes are a little higher than fuel for cars.

 

Don’t keep flying on your bucket list, just fly.
Don’t keep flying on your bucket list, just fly.

 

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