A Twist in the Tale –
5 Oct 14
"I found it pretty easy to book, but the weather was the problem. It was booked for my birthday, April, but I took it in September...A crisp day with nice fluffy clouds. Perfect.
We drove from Nuneaton, which is not that far away. I had been to the market at Wellesbourne before, so knew roughly where to find the centre. My boyfriend tucked into the full English breakfast, followed by a coffee, but a bottle of water for me, for obvious reasons. Price of food was excellent and the service was done with a smile, even though the recipient had a slight grimace on her face.
I was greated by a young lady, who, as I overheard, was learning to fly herself. Mmmm..."not for me" I think. The aeroplane was quite small and compact (not a parachute in sight). Although we had to refuel, it was worth it. The safety checks were very good, and the instructor assured me that the sick bags were there and the handle under my seat was NOT the flushing chain for the loo!!!! All my fears were up there with the clouds. And my stomach was in my throat...
The take-off was cool, smooth, and the sun was high in the sky. Being a lady of the middle years, I tend to get HOT at certain times, which was to be my downfall. We headed off to the M4...no, not to land there, but to use it as a land mark, to base the aerobatics on. I took control of the plane after some tuition, to do a loop de loop. That was fine, then the pilot took control and things got rather HOT for me. After two loops, we did two barrel rolls and then a vertical climb with a tail slide. The tail slid and then my stomach followed. DO IT, it is worth it, unless you are travel sick.
After collecting my certificate and flying hours, I went to the cafe for a cup off tea and a well earned sit down on firm ground. It was ace. Many thanks.
After an informative briefing you and your instructor will strap into cockpit, VERY SECURELY. During the flight of 30 minutes you will climb to a safe height and then the world will begin to resemble a tumble drier.....
Your instructor will start the experience with a pre-flight briefing enabling you to understand how the aircraft is capable of aerobatic flight.
Once in the air, your instructor will accelerate the aircraft to over 100mph before starting a sequence of aerobatic manoeuvres which may include loops, rolls, wingovers and even the dreaded spin.
At this point you will have the opportunity to try some manoeuvres for yourself if you so wish. All this takes place several thousand feet in the air.
This experience is not for the faint hearted and is definitely not recommended with a hangover!!!
* An open dated gift voucher valid for a 9 month period:
* 30 minute Flight Time
* Aerobatics demonstration
* Tea/Coffee at most locations
* Signed Flight Certificate on completion
* Valid at UK wide locations
* Spectators are welcome and may take photographs
Each voucher entitles
to participate in this experience. The voucher is
transferable, which means that anyone can use it.
The voucher remains valid for bookings for 9 months from the date of purchase.
Please contact the operator using the details printed on your voucher to arrange a date for
Maximum weight 16 stone
*** Maximum Weight at Redhill is 14 stone.
Maximum height 6'
Minimum age 12.
While we will try to offer your original choice, we reserve the right to alter take-off locations as required by operational circumstances.
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for weekend events.
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