Back in college in the US many years ago, Jo once flew me in a small plane the day he got his pilot’s license. It was a memorable experience as I remember being super happy because not many people get to experience being flown by someone you love. Ever since then I always wondered if I would get the same thrill as flying on a helicopter and I still remember asking Jo to get a helicopter license so that he could teach me how to fly a helicopter too. He was like, “Nah, they’re two different things”. When he graduated as a pilot there were no companies that were hiring so he had no choice but to go into a different field. No doubt, we were both frustrated, Jo couldn’t pursue what he really loved and for me, my dream of flying on a helicopter just sort of ended there haha. We both graduated and entered the lives as working adults until today.
Fast forward to today, while watching the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey (the scene where Christian takes Ana on a helicopter ride with Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do playing in the background) it just hit me ; Why didn’t I think of pursuing my dreams of flying a helicopter years ago? Why did I just let the gates of adulthood stand in the way of my teenage dreams?
And do dreams only come true in movies?
The memories of that faithful day where Jo flew me on a plane himself flash by and I remember him looking very happy and contented. I realized if there is one day I could learn to fly a helicopter, I will bring Jo along and to complete our dream to fly again together. And that’s when I decided to pursue and start living my teenage dream =)
So I began researching for helicopter training and courses in KL. It wasn’t easy. First, I learnt that being a passenger and actually piloting an aircraft are completely different things. Sure, they both fly, but very differently. Plus, it involves a lot of safety precautions and crossing out lots and lots of checklists – all pertaining security measures so it’s going to be a huge challenge for me! Considering the fact I actually have my passengers’ lives held accountable to my piloting skills give me jitters already.
Secondly, it is not cheap. Now I don’t usually like spending so much on something and I will rethink countless times before spending a large sum of money, and that’s why my dream is always put on hold haha. I kept telling myself I’ll wait for the day when I have saved enough money without compromising on my expenses and at the same time, I can gather the courage to take up piloting classes haha. Now it sounds like an excuse for me not to learn piloting yet because I am really afraid to take up the risks.
One day, I received a text from Sam (my blog manager) asking me if there is any goal that I would like to achieve, as P1 will help me to achieve my goal! I instantly thought of my helicopter dream. Jo thought it was a good idea for me to go on a helicopter ride to experience and see for myself first how it is like operating a helicopter. That way, it can help build up my courage a little, if not by a lot. Truth is, I think he just can’t wait for the day he finally gets to be chauffeured around on a helicopter by me lol.
So I agreed. I told Sam I want to fly on a helicopter and the next thing I know, I’m already on the way to Subang airport to grant my own wish! I am #ReadytoP1ay!
I brought JO along because he has to be there to learn with me just in case I missed out on anything haha.
Captain Boon gave us a short briefing on how the controls worked and researching about helicopter classes online is really different than the real thing! Found out there was only one set of controls for a heli compared to an aircraft! The controls are also very, very sensitive so even the tiniest movement of the throttle or yoke would be very scary.
Besides lots of checklists, there was also lots of communicating between the pilot, ground control, Subang tower, and KL control. I think I would be super nervous and might forget to take my finger off the mic button when it comes the day I have to pilot on my own…. Sweat!
Haha, got a certificate to prove my awesomeness and also to commemorate this special day! I have to say this experience was much more fulfilling than I imagined as I felt I’m a step towards being my own pilot on a helicopter!
So I did something I wouldn’t normally do, or should I say not many people will have the chance to experience the same. I would like to thank P1 for giving me the opportunity to take a leap of faith in believing that all it takes it a step forward to begin a journey to achieve your ultimate goal. And for me, it will always be flying a helicopter on my own, with my husband beside me!
It was truly an eye-opening experience and by just remembering the beautiful skyline and scenery from the helicopter ride gives me the confidence I always needed to start taking up flying courses. Now all I need is to save enough money to begin my journey and by then, I will dare say it will be huge game changer for me!
And no, it’s not true. Dreams do come true if you let it happen J
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