7 News Special Report: Come Fly With Me Part 2

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I approach the Cessna 172 with a mix of excitement and anxiety.

How in the world am I going to fly this plane with absolutely no experience?

Flight instructor Mike Williams and pilot Ryan Grant are there to make it all seem so easy.

Already, the plane feels almost familiar - kind of like a car.

But, that's where the similarity to the car ends.

Mike gives me a crash course on the cockpit instruments, the foot pedals and the yoke - that's the thing that looks like a steering wheel.

A lot to take in?  You bet. 

Thank goodness Mike is there to remind me what everything is and how to use it.

After the taxi down the runway, the moment of truth - the takoff.

We steadily climb to our cruising altitude.

The scenery is beautiful.

As breathtaking as the view is, I think of some questions I probably should have asked back on the ground, including - how do you know where the airport is?

(Answer: GPS and knowing the area.)

Speaking of the airport, it's time to find it. 

That means turning the plane around. For me, banking to the left came with a fear of turning the plane upside down. 

As I've said before, Mike was there to make sure that didn't happen.

Now it's time to land.

The landing, I'm told, was a little bit rough, which reminds me of a famous aviation saying - flying is the second greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first!

An exhilarating experience to say the least - an experience you can have too.

If you'd like to try the "Just Lunch" program, call (315) 778-7333 or visit stlawrenceaviation.com.

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Friday, November 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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