Friday, December 01, 2006

Up up and away...

I called Christian at work yesterday to tell him to be home at 4:00 and he said
Why because his dreams were coming true!

I hooked him up with a heli lesson on a R22 for his birthday. (yesterday the helicopter agency was grounded due to wind, which explains the late b-day gift)

I drove to Scottsdale with him closing his eyes so he would be totally surprised...Which he was.

His face actually turned white when we entered the hanger. I have never seen him to pumped up before.

Turns out he was a natural. He is going to take the 40 hours of ground school now at Boeing to become a pilot.

I have just created a monster...His passion and LOVE for flying has just exploded and now we can all expect the children's collage funds used on a buying a Robinson 22 with Bose headphones.

He acted like a 10 year old eyeing the gadgets and controls.

There he goes up up and away!
I should mention, in the car after we left he screamed


Here is what he posted on our family's news letter:

Today I flew a helicopter! You got it folks...take a back seat Mr. Jack Bauer because I know how to fly this thing! For my birthday, Stephanie told me to make sure I came home from work on time because we needed to leave at 4:00pm for a surprise birthday gift. She made me keep my eyes closed for 45 minutes in the car while she drove us to Scottsdale Airport , and into a private hanger. I had no idea that Stephanie had signed me up for a flight lesson. But then we stepped into the hanger where our bird was and I was greeted by "Ross" my instructor.Less than 15 minutes after arriving Ross and I took to the air in order to get the best evening flight light. BAM! an instant we were airborne and 200 feet above Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Scottsdale Road . We pierced the tip of the FLW Blvd blue needle at the intersection and then banked north into the desert. After 5 minutes of instruction Ross showed me the last cabin instrument (the heater) and passed me the controls! Of course he held onto the instructor's controls in the left jump seat and made necessary corrections when I drifted off course. At first I was really frustrated with how hard it is to fly a helicopter (like the day I bought Little Bird – my remote controlled heli…still battling it).But after a while Ross folded his arms and watched me fly! It was amazing! It just clicked for me! The funnest thing I have ever done in my whole life!!! The last 15 minutes of our flight it was just me and this flying machine! I guess all those costly crashes with Little Bird in the back yard and dining room finally paid off...I was flying the Robinson R-22 by myself!!!So, after logging 15 minutes of personal stick time we took it back in. Ross showed off a little in the confined area between hangers and did a few "bowl maneuvers" and "360's" in front of Stephanie. It was the best birthday ever! I'm definitely going back up for the 40 hours needed for a license.