I showed up at the Provo airport on Saturday afternoon and met my friend Alyssa, her friend Dan (who has the plane and is a pilot), and Alyssa's friend Jenny. We loaded up, and Dan took off. After he got his Cessna 172 off the ground, he turned over the controls to me, and I got to fly pretty much all the way to Las Vegas. We flew over Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park on the way, and we stopped to get gas in Mesquite.
Flying was amazing. I've been interested in aerospace since I was a little kid, and I've always wanted to become a pilot, so I was living the dream last weekend. I had to concentrate while I was flying to keep the plane at the right altitude and headed in the right direction, but it wasn't too hard.
We landed at Henderson Executive airport in Las Vegas on Saturday night. After checking into our hotel, we headed to the Strip. We rode the Big Shot at the Stratosphere, which was really fun, although it was almost 3 a.m., so I was pretty tired. We went to church in Las Vegas the next morning and then headed back to the airport.
We flew the length of the Grand Canyon from Vegas to Page, Arizona. Along the way, we got great views of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, Havasupai, and the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. We stopped in Page for gas, and when we took off from there, the sun had just set over Lake Powell, and the reflections of the vivid sunset off of the lake were beautiful.
The weather was beautiful and the views were great this past weekend. I'm really glad that I got to go. Thanks, Dan and Alyssa!
I took a couple of sets of pictures (set I, set II). You can see a few of my favorites below.
The cockpit. There are two sets of controls for everything, so either person can fly. I sat on the right.
Zion National Park. Angel's Landing is the small mountain (below all the others, on the left edge of the valley) in almost the exact center of the picture.
Dan's Cessna 172, tail number 20529
(that's "two zero five two niner", just like on The Incredibles :))
It was kind of hazy on Sunday. It made some things less pretty, but I really like how it gives depth to this picture.