With school being so busy, I still hadn’t gone flying with my mom… until now! She had flown in the plane with me before, but when I was with an instructor. So this was truly the first time we had ever really flown together. It’s actually really fun flying with mom because she isn’t a pilot. It’s one of the few times as a teenager that my mom hasn’t had any advice for me! She told me afterwards that it was a completely strange feeling for her, putting her life into my hands. Sure, in a car I’m in control too, but she can always grab the wheel. It would probably be a little bit difficult to learn how to fly in an instant! So since I received my PPL, I hadn’t yet flown with a parent solo. I was in all honesty pretty nervous, having the life of someone you love in your hands is a tremendous responsibility. Here is a short clip of our takeoff that my mom recorded on her iPhone: As is typical with summer weather, it was pretty bumpy. The plan was to fly around for a little over an hour, around Richmond, Jamestown, to the James River, and back. After flying over our house and school, I decided to cut the flight short and head back. It was beginning to be uncomfortably bumpy… No use in wasting time and money on an unpleasant experience! It was still a fun flight though, here are some pictures: Our route of flight is shown below via CloudAhoy (I recorded it on my iPad, using my external XGPS160): After such a bumpy flight, I was a little concerned that it would be a windy, rough landing. On final approach it was gusty, but nothing too bad. And then… We greased the landing, making an awesome ending to a turbulent flight! My mom said “I’ve never felt such a smooth landing, not even on commercial planes.” … Thanks, Mom! Hopefully we will go flying again soon, just for a little longer next time! Thanks for reading, -Swayne Martin Twitter: @MartinsAviation Share this:ShareTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint 10 Responses Capt. Anup Murthy June 8, 2014 Awesome! Mom will surely be looking forward to more flights with you! All the best. Reply Swayne Martin June 8, 2014 Thanks so much! I’m looking forward to them too! -Swayne Reply Alison at The Gracious Posse June 8, 2014 Great role reversal, Swayne! It’s a memory your mom will never forget! Reply Swayne Martin June 8, 2014 Thanks! It was a pretty funny situation, I think she did pretty well with it!-Swayne Reply Karlene Petitt June 8, 2014 That’s just wonderful!!! And so exciting. I like the part for the first time Mom didn’t have advice. I felt the same way when I took my Mom flying. But tell your Mom she really looks like she could be your sister. So glad you had a wonderful day! Reply Swayne Martin June 9, 2014 Thanks, Karlene! I know my mom loves that compliment! 🙂 -Swayne Reply Will Jenkins June 9, 2014 Awesome pictures! I love the Google earth tracking you do. One of my favorite flights I’ve done was taking my dad up after earning my private. I let him fly a bit and it was fun. You are lucky you get to fly Cessnas! Out here it’s all Diamond aircraft and they are a lot smaller. Will Jenkins | http://www.aircocharters.com/charters.php Reply Swayne Martin June 9, 2014 Thanks for the comment, Will! Yep, flying Cessnas has been pretty fun so far. -Swayne Reply Briggs Christie June 9, 2014 The first thing that went through my head when I saw the title. “Do you call that a landing? Young, man you’re grounded. Go to your room and think about what you’ve done.” 😉 Reply siti June 26, 2014 i’m really proud of u.. hopefully my son will do same thing to me… Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.