Flying Over Pittsburgh

  • By M@ggie
  • May 18, 2014
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Our nephew Gary just recently finished his course on becoming a certified flight instructor in Florida and has been working at Allegheny County airport in Pittsburgh, teaching flying.

When we were there for Easter, I wanted him to take us up, because we’d never flown with him before.

He got permission from his boss to take a plane up after Easter dinner (which we had on Saturday night since Doug and I had to leave on Sunday), so we were going to do a night flight over Pittsburgh. We got foiled by a Pirates game, which meant we had to stay 3 nautical miles away from downtown, but it was still a beautiful night and we flew around anyway.

Poor Doug had a tough weekend and had the start of a toothache before we even got to Pittsburgh, which sort of progressed through the weekend, resulting with us spending Easter morning trying to find an emergency dentist. We did find one who gave him some antibiotics for the infection and could do a root canal if we waited, but Doug decided that since he didn’t have to get it done that day, that he’d just do it at home on Monday. Unfortunately though he felt fine when we got back, it got way way worse on the drive home and he kind of regretted not having the root canal. The good news on that was that the antibiotics worked on the infection and he was way better Monday morning (even if it was in bad shape Sunday night) and he was fine by the time he was able to get into a dentist on Tuesday morning.

But the result was I don’t think he enjoyed the flight as much as I did because his mouth hurt. But I really really enjoyed it. I absolutely loved seeing our nephew do his thing as a professional pilot. I’ve known him since he was 4 years old – so to see him be so comfortable flying a plane and sounding like a real pilot talking to the tower… I was so proud. He even let me fly and do some turns and make a call to the tower. It was strange having him teach me. But so cool. I was a very proud aunt. He did a beautiful takeoff and landing and had them turn the rabbit lights (I think that’s what they were called?) on for us before we landed so we could see them. And it was just amazing. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Here are some photos.

Gary:
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Helicopters at the airport at sunset:
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The plane we took, a Cessna 172 R
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Takeoff:

I believe this is the Monongehela River:
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The really bright light, sort of center left is the ball park we were avoiding.
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It’s hard to take a selfie at night in a dark plane.
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Landing:

And when we landed:
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Gary telling us about one of the other planes that was down for some repairs:
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A medical helicopter taking off:

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