On Christmas day when we went down to visit my parents, i received an envelope from them as my Christmas present. It was a ticket for a helicopter ride the following day. Needless to say i was very excited. My brother-in-law Kevin also received a ticket to ride. I was hoping that my brother, who just received his helicopter pilot license about a month ago, could fly us, buthe doesn’t have enough hours to take passengers yet so he was also going to go along as a passenger. On the plus side, we got to go up with Brad’s favorite instructor: Chase.The next morning we were a a little worried because the wind was picking up and it looked as if we might not get to go. Fortunately things worked out and the winds stayed stable enough that although it was a bit bumpy on take-off, it wasn’t so windy that we had to cancel. The flight lasted 30 minutes, which seemed to pass extremely quickly. We flew over the city initially, and then went for a big loop around the surrounding countryside at about 90 knots (That’s just over a hundred miles an hour). We asked Chase if he would fly over my parents house on the way back to the airport so we could get some pictures from the air. Every time a helicopter flies over my moms house she always runs outside and waves, hoping that it’s my brother. Of course this time she was at the airport waiting for us, so nobody came out to wave. Enjoy the pictures!
Here is some video of our flight. My brother and brother-in-law were kind enough to let me have the front seat since they’ve both been in helicopters before. (If you ever get a chance for a helicopter ride, try for the front seat – the view is amazing.)