At each new destination, I try and find some sort of event or excursion that I have never participated in before, something that makes me a little bit nervous, but something that I have to do because I know I will regret it if I back out.
I looked out the window at the Cessna 172 and could hardly believe they were going to let me co-pilot this thing!
Being from the East Coast of Canada, it made me realize it was such a small world when I learned that the pilot I was flying with was actually from Montreal, only a short distance away from where I’m from!
We walked out on the runway and over to our plane where we did all of the ground checks together to make sure everything was a go.
Okay, so it turns out that I was a terrible co-pilot, and flying a plane is actually really difficult….
The best part was how low we were flying over the city, so we were able to see the KL Tower and Petronas Towers up close!
I learned some of the rules of the air, experienced take-off and landing from the cockpit, took control of the plane while we were in the air, and kept my official one day membership card from the day I got to be a pilot.
If you’re interested in giving this a shot, I have included some further details and answers to common questions that I have been receiving below!
Who should you book with? From my personal research, I decided to book with OXBOLD – One Day Pilot Program, you can find it easily through google.
Do you need experience, or any other pre-requisites to attending? No experience needed! They give you a “one day membership” to their program. Insurance, however, is your own responsibility.
Is it safe/reliable? To answer this one I have to say to each their own depending on your own comfort zone. I can vouch for the fact that I did not at any point feel as though I was unsafe. I felt as though the main pilot was extremely knowledgeable, qualified, and safety was at much at the top of his mind as it was of mine.
What is the cost? I chose the 30 minute flying experience, at a cost of 800 RM. I find this cost was reasonable in comparison to other extreme sport prices (ie. sky diving, bungee jumping, canyoning, etc)
What types of excursions/events have you attended in a new place?