John & Anne Wiley

2014/04/26

Pilot Infection

One of the things many pilots love to do, is infect someone with the love of flying. Today I’m working on two prospects. They’re our gracious and fun-loving hosts in Castle Rock just south of Denver. Though it was easy to see from forecasts and looking outside that we’d encounter turbulence, by far the best way to determine whether a given day is fun for flying is to fly. Driving to the airport together, I pulled over to snap this.

0538 Castle Rock

0538 Castle Rock

Pretty cool to see Pike’s Peak in the distance beyond the striking Castle Rock. An hour and some later we flew over it on our way to Royal Gorge.

0544 Castle Rock

0544 Castle Rock

Rather less impressive, as our hostess Stacey remarked. But the infection process had already taken hold because both she and Cam also commented on how thrilling it is to see everything from above. They’d also been quite impressed with the stellar service at the XJet FBO where Tripp’s parked for our stay. It turned out we turned back not far from Pike’s Peak because the turbulence was taking some fun out of it for some of us. But we did get a different view of Pike’s, after only half an hour or so flying relatively slowly.

0593 Pike's Peak

0593 Pike’s Peak

We saw many wonderments along the way of course, and as we neared our fun XJet base at Centennial Airport the air smoothed a bit so we decided to extend a little for views of Denver.

0642 Metro Denver

0642 Metro Denver

Because we’d been there by train already, Anne and I recognized some landmarks like the Garden-something amusement park at the upper left. A little closer, the skyline view was perhaps as much a treat for Cam and Stacey as for us.

0645 Denver Skyline

0645 Denver Skyline

Back at the airport while tucking Tripp in for a rest we talked about the infection process. The fact they still have interest in learning to fly after a relatively bumpy ride is a very good sign. As the trio huddled near Tripp for this snap, it seemed to me she too was hopeful they’d find their own magic carpet and fly to meet us for some adventures like those we’ve just had with Zubair and family. 🙂

0680 Infectious Trio

0680 Infectious Trio

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