Staff Review: Microlight Flight in Kent
On one sunny afternoon, Experience Days took a trip to
Rochester, Kent, to complete an incredible microlight flight experience. After
what seemed a reasonable time for quite a long-distance drive from Brighton, we
arrived to the most scenic airfield I think I’ve ever seen.
Walking closer to the airfield office, we were warmly
welcomed to Two Two Fly by Greg and Paul. Greg immediately asked what we would
like to complete throughout the trip, as customers are given the choice between
a fixed or flex wing aircraft. Charlotte opted for the flex wing, while I chose
the fixed wing.
Once we had signed the necessary forms, it was time for me
to fly! The engine began and Paul was running through the
start-up procedure, mentioning that I was going to take off and land. My
immediate reaction was 'how on earth will I be able to pull this off?!' However, Paul
immediately put me at ease with his instruction.
Once up in the air, the views were incredible - we could see
for miles! We reached at least 1000 feet in the air and were travelling around
70 mph. I couldn’t believe I was controlling this aircraft - of course, with guidance from Paul! I was surprisingly calm for what seemed a daring
experience. Paul even managed to show off some tight turns which did make my
stomach go slightly - but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
After being in the air for around 20 minutes, we started
heading back to the airfield. Our landing was smooth but exhilarating. I must
admit, for the majority of the experience, I was pretty speechless - and that’s
saying something coming from me!
Once on the ground, it was time for Charlotte to fly! As she
prepared by getting into her flying suit, she headed towards her flex wing microlight. Greg ran through the necessary safety instructions while putting on Charlotte's helmet and advising where she'd be sitting. Then she was ready
to go! I ran back over to the safety area while watching Charlotte take off.
She managed to control the microlight along the runway before taking off and
even got to take the controls in the air!
As she flew over the marshlands, sea and beautiful countryside, she also reached an incredible speed and height. Later, finding out that even
though Charlotte was around 1000 feet in the air, it didn’t feel anything like
it, as she mentioned she felt completely comfortable and safe throughout.
Charlotte's experience was drawing to a close which meant her flex wing microlight was heading straight towards us. This made for perfect moment
to capture a few great pictures. Once back on the ground, her
smile was beaming.
We thoroughly enjoyed our microlight experience, it was beyond
anything we had ever imagined. A huge thank you to Greg and Paul for having us
and being incredibly calm instructors, who put us at ease throughout. We will
definitely be coming back!