Friday, July 2, 2010
Canada Day in the Sky
Yesterday afternoon one of the pilots from the Algonquin program was kind enough to take me for a flight. The wind was pretty strong, but I said that a bumpy flight didn't bother me if it didn't bother him, so off we went! We flew south of the city and followed the highway for a while, and then out into the country towards my house. I almost didn't see it at first - it was right under the nose of the plane, so it was only when we were right above it that I spotted it. The pilot circled it a few times, and I took a few photographs. I could see my Mum and Basil (our beagle) out in the garden, and Mum was waving - she figured out it was me.
It was very interesting. I have never seen my house from above like that, and it was really nice to see all of the surrounding land. Although I kind of knew, I had no idea that we lived so far out in the middle of nowhere. No wonder it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to get into the city! Fifteen minutes in a Cessna is way better! Time to build a personal landing strip, I think!
The other thing that surprised me was just how many little aerodromes are out here in the country. We saw at least four active ones, and one abandoned. And yet once we got away from the airport traffic, we didn't see another plane until we turned back towards the city and rejoined the circuit.
Since HRM, The Queen is in town, there were restrictions in the NOTAMs. There was an area around the downtown which was restricted airspace for the day - kind of a shame, as it would have been cool to see some of the Canada Day celebrations from above. These restrictions stopped us from landing on 22/04, our usual runway, and was hindering the use of 25/07 also, so we ended up landing on 32. A 10,000ft runway seems a little excessive for a tiny little Cessna really...
All in all it was a lovely afternoon. Really I don't care where I go, I am just happy to be in the air!