~ First Flying Lesson ~

~ First Flying Lesson ~

A Poem by Carola
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My first flying lesson was in September 1965 & this poem is what I remember about it.

"

Looking at the sunny and cloudless sky, 

High up a small white aeroplane flies by. 

My heart has this feeling of yearning to fly,

What would it be like, h’mm I wonder now..?

:                  

To feel the control column in my hands, 

A challenge and rather fun, me thinks.

I can hardly wait for the booking day, 

I have only to wait out two more sleeps.

:

Lesson 1 in a ‘Cessna 172’ soon about to start,

A pre-flight blackboard briefing is first to come. 

Then a walk around inspection of our plane,

Me concentrating on what the instructor says.

:

I sit on the left-hand side, in the pilot’s seat, 

Both our seat belts we’ve now strapped on.

Check - handbrake on, checklists are in place, 

We’re ready now for the engine start. Woo-hoo!

 :

Mixture is full rich, and throttle is now set, 

Ignition key is turned to start… then slowly....

The propellor cranks over and begins to rotate, 

Suddenly, and loudly the engine springs to life.

:

The instructor radios the tower, and then…

Handbrake now released, we slowly taxi away.

Ground steering very strangely is accomplished, 

through the rudder pedals with my feet.

:     

In the holding bay, pre-flight checks complete,

I taxi the plane towards the runway holding point.

My instructor radios the tower that we are 'Ready', 

They instruct us ‘Clear for take-off’, and we reply. 

                               🛫   

Rudder steering onto the runway, we accelerate away,

Lift off speed, a slight pull back on the control column.

We’re airborne, hooray! ...and gaining climbing speed,

Rudder pedals used now only, for balancing the turns.  

:

Flying to our training area we climb to 3000 feet,

Looking through the windscreen an aviation term of 

’Attitude’ is explained to me in this way… It’s the nose or 

front of the plane… relative to the horizon in the window. 

:  

Observing the horizon line over the instrument panel,

Relates to the plane’s ‘attitude’ for level flight, climbs. 

descents or turns. This i/panel maybe positioned above, 

or in incremental gaps below, or oblique to this horizon.

:

We practise climbing, straight and level, descending, 

and turning left and right. What fun, this I really do enjoy! 

Lesson is almost finished, now descending and heading 

back to Camden Airport, the instructor knows the way.

                                 🛬   

I’m allowed to join the circuit, follow through on approach

for our landing. The instructor handling the engine throttle.

Says ‘keep hands on the controls and feel them getting lighter,

with more movement, as airspeed slows through touchdown.

:

My instructor handled all our flight’s radio calls and spoke in

aviation jargon. We taxi back to our starting point, me on the

rudder pedals being guided through the maze of taxiways,

Engine shutdown. I’m feeling on a high! Soon I’ll do it all again. 



written 4th March 2019

© 2019 Carola


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this must be such a special memory for you Carola! way back at the beginning ;) and where you are now not to mention all the in betweens ... i can easily understand the addiction ...i am surprised you were hands on for the take off and landing for your first lesson! i friend of mine took me up in a small plane once and i sat in the right hand seat ... once we were up he asked i i wanted to fly the plane .. sure says i! ;) i watched the display that tells if the wings are staying level and thought i was doing pretty darn good .. then he said well.... we dropped about 500 ft .. but not bad ... about 20 seconds had elapsed ... i said OK.... i'm done...you can take it back now :))))))))))))))))))
E.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

9 Months Ago

nope ... instead of "watching" the scene go by ..as in a vehicle...one is part of it ... all the sme.. read more
Carola

9 Months Ago

ahh! but i like the car air-conditioning in our hot climate (don't know which part of the globe you.. read more
Einstein Noodle

9 Months Ago

touche' ;)..............



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I grew up in airplanes I can still hear my fathers voice saying "WZAE114 coming in for approach" back then I was 6 years old we had a Piper Cherokee 180 even back then he let me steer the plane and showed me how he navigated. to this day I remember that gut wrenching feeling coming into approach for a landing in those last minutes you felt so alive and of course being close to the ceiling the sense of isolation among the clouds. we had many planes since then a Barron and a king air but nothing compared to those first flights in that Piper. wow this brought me back

Posted 3 Months Ago


As soon as I saw this title from you, I knew I had to read it! And your great poem does not disappoint! I love that you include a ton of sharp details which help us really be seated in the drivers seat as we imagine this flight. I love that you show your excitement thru-out the expression of technical details, so it doesn't sound like droning on. The first half of your poem, the details were more simplified & possibly more relatable to the masses. The second half of your poem, I think your deep technical expertise got the best of you & some readers may not be as dialed in to what all these details mean or how to experience the idea of knowing all this stuff! I also learned to fly a small plane back in the early 80's -- I was scared shitless the whole time, even tho I got to the point of soloing. I never did enjoy flying & did not finish getting my pilot's license. That's why it's all the more enjoyable for me to read your palpable enjoyment (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Carola

5 Months Ago

hi margie, thanks for your review.
how interesting that you had flying lessons !!
y.. read more
barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I love flying, but just not when I am the one at the controls! *wink! wink!* I think you did just ri.. read more
ah, refreshing when one takes a simple first experience and paints it with the vivid colors of literary imagery

enjoyed this



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Posted 5 Months Ago


A wonderful story told in the poem Carola. Would be wonderful to fly a aircraft. Great description of the event. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

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Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

What an adventure - and - a wonderful experience to share! I enjoyed the read, imagery and your creative writing. By now you should have flown with the 'Red Arrows' - or perhaps - that was for another time/place. Nice piece ... :-)

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Carola

9 Months Ago

glad you enjoyed it phil.
the red arrows are in the UK, in australia we have 'the roulettes'... read more
I take it on your first solo you felt on top of the world.
No traffic jams in the sky, definitely the way to travel.
Mind you, it must be quite expensive if you own one.
Got this impression of you flying the kids to school now. How cool would that be?

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Paul Bell

9 Months Ago

I suppose plane share is the way ahead.
Car share seems to be the rage these days.
Carola

9 Months Ago

yes some people form a small syndicate for a plane, it's still a bottomless money pit! many private.. read more
Paul Bell

9 Months Ago

Yeah some vehiches you want insured for. Planes top the list.
What an exhilarating flight you have taken me on Carola. I can imagine the thrill and excitement of that first lesson and to find yourself airborne must have been so special. You have crammed in so much detail about the instruments but I am focused on the view, I find myself looking down at all the matchstick houses on the ground. I fly in thought Carola, I have my own wings that take me to imaginary places. So fascinating. I can transport myself anywhere. What an incredible experience to fly a plane and now you have recorded it in a poem for other people to enjoy. You have done something, that I would never have had the guts to do. Well done for that and for the gift of your poetry.

Chris

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Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Free verse came much later with me Carola. I started with a classical style, rhyme and meter. Over t.. read more
Carola

9 Months Ago

no, after a 25 year flying career i retired, & you know what... i don't even miss it 1!
the.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

You made your career in flying. How good is that. Living out of travel bags couldn't have been much .. read more
Takes special skils and a nerve of steel to be in total control of any aircraft small or large! It must be an empowering feeling though to have the freedom of the air and to be 'one with nature' so to speak! Hats off to you ...much respect comander of the airways!

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Carola

9 Months Ago

how right you are with your observation & comment... "empowering feeling though to have the freedom.. read more
kitty

9 Months Ago

Much Respect. Have a great day!
i don't know what to happened to my poem verses❓❓ the sentences seem to have a mind of their own & spontaneously rearranged themselves & deleted my paragraph spaces 😳
when i go to 'Edit' all 13 verses are still displayed separately.... very strange indeed ⁉️

woo-hoo i figured a way to get my paragraph spaces back 👍 😀 .....so i'm happy now.

This review was written for a previous version of this writing

Posted 9 Months Ago


this must be such a special memory for you Carola! way back at the beginning ;) and where you are now not to mention all the in betweens ... i can easily understand the addiction ...i am surprised you were hands on for the take off and landing for your first lesson! i friend of mine took me up in a small plane once and i sat in the right hand seat ... once we were up he asked i i wanted to fly the plane .. sure says i! ;) i watched the display that tells if the wings are staying level and thought i was doing pretty darn good .. then he said well.... we dropped about 500 ft .. but not bad ... about 20 seconds had elapsed ... i said OK.... i'm done...you can take it back now :))))))))))))))))))
E.

This review was written for a previous version of this writing

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

9 Months Ago

nope ... instead of "watching" the scene go by ..as in a vehicle...one is part of it ... all the sme.. read more
Carola

9 Months Ago

ahh! but i like the car air-conditioning in our hot climate (don't know which part of the globe you.. read more
Einstein Noodle

9 Months Ago

touche' ;)..............

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