Learning to Fly with Air Direct Airways & Cloud 9 Living
There's no better way to get through the weekday grind, than anticipating a new adventure that will get your adrenaline pumping. If you like new experiences like we do, then you need to check out Cloud 9 Living for tons of out-of-the-box adventures that you probably didn't even know you wanted try.
We immediately were drawn to the list of flying experiences on Cloud 9 Living. In particular, learning to fly has been on Matt's bucket list for quite some time. But little did we ever consider spending one Saturday afternoon in New Hampshire doing just that. The Learn to Fly experience immediately jumped off the page for us and without hesitation we signed up!
Air Direct Airways was our flight training school, based out of the Nashua, New Hampshire airport. The drive was just an hour north of Boston; the perfect distance for a day trip. Nashua airport is a public-use airport used mainly for training, charters, military, corporate and recreational flights. Luckily we chose a perfect day to fly, or in aviator slang- CAVU, meaning ceiling and visibility unlimited or the best possible flying weather ( of course picking up on the lingo is all part of the learning experience).
We started off with a ground lesson and safety debriefing, which was not only very informative but interesting as well. Right after that we hopped into the cockpit with our personal instructor and started learning what all the buttons and gadgets mean.
The flight lesson allows one person to fly first-hand with a personal instructor and a second passenger to sit back and enjoy the ride. Matt took the lead flying once we reached a cruising altitude. It was an exhilarating feeling to be 5,000 feet in the clouds flying your own plane. Hopefully this was not just a once in a lifetime experience; we're ready to head back there next week for lesson number two!
The views were amazing. At one vantage point you could see Mount Washington and the Boston skyline. The one hour flight was loaded with tons of great photo opts. Our instructor at Air Direct Airways was very knowledgeable and entertaining as well. He had us laughing the entire time, making our experience even more enjoyable.
We highly recommend this experience for all adventure seekers looking to try something new. Without a doubt, we will be back again!
Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering