Techie is going to be travelling later this week, and for most people, this wouldn’t be all that big a deal. Where Techie lives, however, which is also where I grew up, flying in and out can be a bit of a nail-biting adventure. Living in the mountains, it can be quite tricky for the pilot to successfully land a plane without, you know, accidentally bumping into a mountain. There’s a saying in my hometown that planes don’t so much land there as they do experience a semi-controlled mid-air collision with a planet. Basically the pilots have to dive over the mountains at a runway and pull up just in time to set the wheels on the ground.
It’s probably not helped by the fact that Techie isn’t going to be using the proper regional airport in the next town over; rather, he’s using the tiny municipal airport which consists of little more than a shed with a vending machine in it; the planes that land there, meanwhile, are basically 15-passenger vans with wings on the sides, so the whole experience is not for the faint of heart. The few times I’ve flown in there, I’ve found it to be a hell of a lot of fun, but looking around the van plane, I see that my sentiment is not necessarily shared with the entire passenger manifest.
What’s the scariest or most exciting flight you’ve ever taken?