Last month was about trains so this month is about planes.
I got my first ride in a 1971 Cessna 172L Skyhawk on Saturday morning. It was a 4-seater, single-engine, 150 horsepower plane. Hey, that is slightly more than what is under the hood of my Honda. Oh boy. Will it take off? Will it stay in the air?
I’m generally not afraid of flying, I doze off automatically once I get on a plane. That’s how relaxed I am. This was different and I didn’t know why. Once I squeezed into the Cessna, I wanted to scream “STOP, STOP, LET ME OUT!!!” Fortunately, Reuben took off quickly. It wasn’t as scary as I thought and I enjoyed the ride tremendously. Places I was bored of seeing looked different and new again. Like MidValley, Sentral and Brickfields, Batu Caves…
After some time, we headed back and Reuben decided to give everyone a taste of his aerobatic skills. I knew this was coming. I didn’t pay for the ride, so I was at his mercy. So there were some sharp turns and sudden free falls with the engine killed. I screamed just a little bit and tried to keep my breakfast from coming up. Eyes closed and imagining the worse.
Reuben belongs to a group called KL by Air that operates scenic tours flying over Klang Valley airspace. The cost for a ride is between RM600-RM1000 for one hour. KL by Air describe themselves on their Facebook group as:
…a bunch of pilots who love nothing more than to share our passion of flight with you. You will find that our costs are significantly lower than that of others offering scenic flights, due to the fact that we’re NOT getting paid! That’s right! You only pay for the hourly rental of the aircraft and nothing more! You can choose from our sturdy Cessna 172, or the Rolls-Royce of light aircraft, the Cirrus SR20! Each aircraft is able to carry 3 passengers, and we have 2 standard packages; the KL City tour, and the Port Klang tour (details below). However, should you wish to do something different, contact us, and we’ll definitely be able to work something out!
Now it’s time to meet our pilots! Our friendly pilots are qualified Commercial Licence holders. Adrian is a qualified Flight Instructor at a local flying school and has taught numerous students. Reuben has flown a variety of aircraft both locally and abroad, and is a qualified aerobatic pilot as well. Both are experienced and easy-going, so don’t hesitate to approach them with any questions!
I have to thank Mei Ying and Reuben for this ride.