2008/03/15

The Aviator

No, not the movie about Howard Hughes, I'm talking about my nephew Lewis who is a flight instructor at American Flyers at Santa Monica Airport, California. Lewis has flying in his blood since his dad is a retired Air Force and United Airlines pilot and his maternal grandfather was also a pilot and aeronautical engineer.

He is featured in this fun video on Mahalo Daily with Veronica Belmont who went flying with Lewis on an introductory flight. Makes me want to go fly! The clip is 5 minutes. Enjoy.

7 comments:

The Moody Minstrel said...

Flying's not the only thing in his blood. I can definitely see the family resemblance! You know, the black spots around the eyes and the black ears...

Pandabonium said...

Moody - yep. He shares many Pandabonium traits, but his instrument in school was tuba. Don't think it would fit in that Cessna 172 though.

Hypatia said...

That sure looked like fun! Although I have so many "hobbies" (especially several..ok ALOT..of unfinished sewing/embroidery projects)..so I think I'll just watch the planes take off from the airport and wave!

Swinebread said...

Hah! that was great!

He's so calm, that's great for an instructor.

Pandabonium said...

Hypatia - definitely not a "once in a while" kind of interest, though, just to take a one hour introductory flight in a single engine plane or perhaps a glider, is a memory you can cherish for a lifetime. Flight has been a dream of humans for thousands of years, and we are lucky to live in a time when we can experience it for ourselves.

Swinebread - glad you enjoyed it. Lewis is a great pilot and instructor - he loves his job and it shows.

Martin J Frid said...

Not only is he calm, he also has a great sense of humour, which I assume helps to put beginners at ease.

Funny how watching that video makes me remember so vividly the (few) experiences I have had as a co-pilot in small planes. The thrill of the turn, as your entire world goes "SWOSSSSH" and you are suddenly at a 45 degree angle with the Earth...

She is cute too ;)

Pandabonium said...

Martin - glad you enjoyed all of the scenery. ;^)

Flying in a small plane certainly does give one a different perspective of the world. And taking the controls can give you an understanding of why some people are so passionate about flying.

I'm glad you've had such experiences and envy your flight in the cockpit of a business jet.