doug invited me to go flying with him on saturday. he picked me and a local morning radio show personality up in his vehicle and we drove out to the calgary springbank airport and jumped in a small little four seater plane and took off into the sky along with 2 other planes.
we were supposed to head for montana with a total of 8 planes in convoy, but a weather front was threatening and most of the pilots got cold feet. as it turned out, the weather was pretty great all day (if a little hazy at times and certainly on the cool side). instead we tripped around alberta, going down to vulcan (where their street signs are star trek themed, i kid you not) where we had lunch then to drumheller and back to calgary.
the views along the way were rather nice, if not particularly stellar material for photos given that we were flying over the praries and visibility wasn't high enough to see the mountains in the distance.
we did some fly-by's to get some video and pictures of each other's planes:
and if that wasn't exciting enough out of nowhere came this jet with star wars like laser cannons! OMFG! ;)
(no, i did not "photoshop" that one myself, it was kindly contributed by someone at doug's office. put down the photoshop tools and get back to coding boys! ;)
turns out that doug is quite a great pilot. the flights were smooth and the take offs and landings were excellent. can't wait to do it again! =)