In addition to being an extraordinary dentist, my husband is also a pilot. We’ve got a Cessna 182 parked at the airport and one of my most favourite things to do is to go exploring by plane. A few weeks ago, Ian Reed, owner of AutoGyro Alaska came into the office with a brochure for his new gyroplane business. He offered to take one of us up for a test flight.
Who was the lucky Realtor who got to go for a flight? Me! And boy was I lucky. This was one of the best flying experiences I’ve had in Alaska, and I’ve had some good ones.
To begin, this gyroplane is pretty small. It’s a two-seater with passenger in the back and pilot in the front. Even though you’re in the back, the view is outstanding. It moves a bit like a helicopter, a bit like a plane and is much quieter than either of them.
There’s so much more to see in a gyroplane and you can get so much closer to things than you could in a Cessna. We flew up over the bluff and down to the beach and back into the airport. All of the volcanoes were out today, so were a bunch of seals on the beach and cars out on the tracks of Beluga Lake. What fun!
As for the fear factor, flying with Ian is a breeze, he takes the time to tell you to expect and what you’re hearing and feeling. After a minute or two in the air, it really doesn’t matter because you forget you’re flying in a tiny little machine. There’s just so much to see.
My only regret is not flying over the glaciers. Next time, I’ll get Ian to take me over the glaciers. THAT would be spectacular!
Please don’t tell my husband but I think I want a gyroplane.