My fiancé flys helicopters, airplanes, and even does aerobatics in airplanes on occasion. He used to be a pilot for United Airlines, and now just flys for fun.
When I first met him, he told me about his “Friday Lunch Flights” that he did every Friday with his friends. I thought this was so cool, and such an interesting hobby for someone to have! All of his friends that fly would fly to Camarillo Airport, have a big lunch at the restaurant there, sitting outside on the patio, and then fly back. All in an few hours of their afternoon. A great way to start off the weekend!
He soon invited me to come along on a FLF, for a ride in the helicopter. Now, I’m pretty adventurous in my life, and this kind of thing doesn’t scare me at all. I actually LOVE flying in helicopters. My first helicopter ride ever was in Hawaii, and I almost cried after because I was so happy that I had the opportunity to fly around in a helicopter on such a gorgeous Island. Flying in a helicopter was on my bucket list of things I wanted to do. Flying in Hawaii was the most beautiful landscape, and amazing experience I had ever had!! So, when Andre invited me to ride in the helicopter with him for the first time, I was super excited!
Not to mention, that the man I was so in love with knew how to fly a helicopter?! OMG, so sexy!!!
I don’t go every Friday with him because sometimes I have photoshoots, or makeup jobs, but I try to go with every opportunity I can. It’s such a great way to see the world. I makes me feel so alive, and makes me realize how small we really are compared to this big world. Seeing our world from up in the sky is such a unique thing to see, and I know not many of you will ever get to experience something like this. I know some of you would be too scared to ride in a helicopter, so I thought this post would be interesting for you to see the photos I take and to read about it?
So here’s what a typical Flight is like:
We take off from Santa Monica Airport and fly out towards the ocean, over Santa Monica Pier, and fly only about 100ft off the water up the coastline to Malibu. We fly over surfers, sometimes see dolphins, whales, sharks, and get to see some amazing homes from a birds eye view. We then cut through a valley of a canyon in Malibu, seeing gorgeous mountainous terrain, rocks, and greenery. Then the canyon drops us out over farmland in Camarillo, which is beautiful from the sky with all of the perfectly sectioned growing areas for different produce. We then land at the Camarillo airport where we eat lunch. Sometimes we will fly back home the same way, and other times we will take a different route. Yesterday, when I took these photos (below) we flew a different route home, taking us over all of the mountains in Malibu instead of back along the coast. This view is amazing, just grazing the mountaintops, seeing all the mountaintop mansions, and beautiful valleys below. Then we flew over some of the city viewing some celebrity homes, before landing back at the Santa Monica Airport.
Here’s are some of the photos from our last flight:
I hope you enjoyed this post. Not exactly on topic for my blog, but I wanted to share it with you all!
Let me know if you have any questions or what your helicopter experiences have been like?