View Poll Results: Would you accompany your partner on their first flying lesson?

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Thread: Would you accompany your partner on their first flying lesson?

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    Would you accompany your partner on their first flying lesson?

    DH got a flying lesson in a Cessna with a trained pilot, obviously, for his birthday. He chose a Saturday so that I could go with him.

    I have a million commercial miles in the air, but somehow this is different.....

    What do you think?
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    I think I would go to the airport, MEET THE INSTRUCTOR, find out the details on the lesson itself, and make my decision then.

    Didn't vote for any of the poll options. Good luck deciding!! And I hope dh has a good time!
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    We have important parental responsibilities towards our bulldog, so one of us has to survivor to take care of him. My poll response was “hell no.”

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    Sure, I'd go. On a first lesson the trained pilot will surely have hands on the controls, it sounds to me like a great adventure.
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    Having taken such a flight after doing several evenings of flight training, I took off with an experienced flight instructor. It was one of the highlight adventures of my life. I wanted no one else on this first flight. As I considered the cost of flight training with the expense of two teenagers, I was filled with gratitude for the opportunity but decided no additional training

    I would not ever want to have to be considering if my partner was comfortable or anxious during that magic moment. Having said that if it was something that my partner really wanted to do but felt the need for support, I would go.
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    Small planes are great fun! I don't much like commercial flying (it bothers me that the glide path of a commercial behemoth is approximately a 90 degree angle), but I'm up for a light plane flight any day. I voted GO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Sure, I'd go. On a first lesson the trained pilot will surely have hands on the controls, it sounds to me like a great adventure.
    Part of the reason my eldest son gave his dad this gift for his birthday was that my DS remembered the hours and hours that DH spent on his home office computer on Flight Simulator.

    So maybe one of the reasons I'm slightly nervous is that on the first of my two emergency landings, when the pilot was explaining why we had to turn back to Phoenix quickly, he said, "Don't worry folks. I've done this lots of times on the flight simulator. All I pictured in my mind's eye was the number of times at home when I heard the computer rumble in a crash when DH didn't quite make it to the runway on Flight Simulator. The pilot was less than reassuring for me.

    I'll go, but I can't say I won't be a little nervous.
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    It's probably harmless, but I've had a harrowing experience with a small aircraft related to a work assignment and would personally avoid all voluntary pleasure flight in helicopters and small fixed wing. Probably goes for hot air balloons, too. Could be a personal problem.

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    Helicopters? No, never, nope, not me. Those are not aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bae View Post
    Helicopters? No, never, nope, not me. Those are not aircraft.
    Oh! Helicoptors are not meant ro fly. The number of crashes supports that.

    Haha, sorta.

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