So todayâ€™s my birthday and Kimberly completely surprised with a wonderful gift. She set up childcare and took me on a surprise â€œdate.â€ After we finished breaking down and putting away church, dropping the kids off, and grabbing a quick bite for lunch we found ourselves at the Frederick airport.
She had arranged for me to take my first flying lesson (and only lesson
unless we can come up with $8,000). The lesson began with pre-flight training. We went around the plane and checked everything from the air pressure of the tires, to fuel levels, to instruments and various buttons and gadgets.
I learned how to â€œtaxiâ€ the plane to the runway, and the flight instructor actually let me take off, and (almost)
land the plane. Kimberly screamed when we felt the feeling of actual flight upon takeoff. She told me later that she couldnâ€™t see who was actually flying â€“ all she could see were my hands on the yoke. We flew around the Frederick area but to be honest I didnâ€™t do much sight seeing. I was focused on about five things at once (keeping the nose and wings lined up correctly to the horizon, controlling the thrust, and watching for other planes in the area . . .etc. We saw our old town home in Spring Ridge and the Lake Linganore Lake.