Last Sunday, I was able to take my friend James, and two of his friends, on a flight back to White Plains, NY. They live in the city, and with perfect weather it seemed like a great opportunity to share with others the beauty and joy of flight that I so often take for granted. We headed out of Gaithersburg and climbed to 7,500 feet (to avoid the Philadelphia Class B airspace), and then descended into the Hudson River Exclusion, an area of New York airspace where sightseers and helicopter tours often operate. We then turned towards White Plains, where they headed off to the train station with great memories.
Flying small airplanes, as a hobby, can be fraught with perils and challenges: it’s expensive, heavily regulated, and often comes with maintenance, weather and logistics headaches. But the ability to take three people who rarely experience the beauty and wonder of flight on a tour of their home city sometimes makes it all worthwhile.