Monday, August 27, 2012

I flew a plane.



italian fighter jets at the malta international airport (armed?)
aerial view of dingli cliffs


aerial view of valletta


aerial view of valletta, malta's capital city


aerial view of tigne point
landing at the malta international airport in luqa

My super-awesome-fiancĂ©-supreme (who may or may not have suggested this nickname) bought me a microlight flying lesson with the Island Microlight Club Malta for last month's instalment of my birthday gift. Microlight planes are very small planes that can only carry up to 400kg. The last time I was in a small airplane was when I was about 12 years old and my father's cousin showed up at our family cottage (and sunk our sailboat) with his float plane. 

Flying a small plane was exactly how I remembered (minus the sinking the boat part). The instructor, who was a Maltese Canadian by chance, flew with me from the airport in Luqa up to Bugibba, then along the coast and above our apartment in Sliema. During my flight we also circled over Valletta and the cruise ship terminal. After 30 minutes of tight turns and unpredictable winds I landed feeling like I just got off a really good roller coaster. 

Jess was happy to see me safely back on the ground, and perhaps even happier that she didn't have to go for the aerial roller coaster ride.
- Mike

14 comments :

  1. that is so awesome! i love everything about aviation, but i think i would be way to scared to actually be in control of the plane. such gorgeous photos though, what a perfect day for flying!

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  2. I flew in one of those small plans a few years ago - part of the grade 6 curriculum is Flight and the local rotary club volunteered every year to take our students flying.

    I love your aerial photos Mike! So cool to see Malta from a different perspective!

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    1. That's so cool! What a great experience for your students.

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  3. Love the photos, they're gorgeous! I took a flight in a tiny Cessna in Australia last year and the views were just breathtaking. My fiance would love this sort of thing; don't think I would trust myself to pilot a plane though!

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    1. Haha neither would I, I'll let Mike do all the flying. It is a completely different (and gorgeous) perspective though!

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  4. Malta looks much nicer by air hahahaha. Great shots :)

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    1. Haha it's certainly completely different!

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  5. This definitely gives Jess super-awesome-fiance-supreme statusif you ask me! What an awesome idea for a birthday gift :) The view from up there is incredible!

    xxx
    Jenna

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    1. I'm not sure about THAT... but hey, I'll take it.

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  6. Sooooooo exciting! WHAT AWESOME PICS!!!!!! This is on my to-do list. :)

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    1. Do it! I'm not brave enough, but I salute those who are :)

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  7. Darling, you are seriously too cool for words ;)

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