The CAF had planned a BBQ and day
of fun for this nice March Saturday. Since my son has developed quite
an affinity for airplanes (I swear, I don't know where that comes
from!), I decided to take him along for a day at the CAF. We arrived in
the late morning and were walking around the ramp in front of the CAF,
checking out the planes and watching the normal GA traffic coming and
going. Friend and fellow CAF Colonel, Bob Goubitz had flown his Cessna
180 in to join in the fun and asked us if we wanted to go for a ride. I
have known Bob for years and knew that it would be a great opportunity
for Jacob to experience his first flight. I asked him if he wanted an
airplane ride. He said yes, so Bob and I got Jacob strapped into the
rear seat of the 180 and I climbed in the right seat.
strapped in the 180, ready to go.
ran through the startup procedure and readied us to taxi out to the
warm-up area. Jacob looked around at the other airplanes as Bob ran
through the checklist and warmed up the oil. We saw a Piaggio P-180
taxi toward us.
A Piaggio P-180 on the taxiway.
With the checklist done,
we taxied out to the runway and Bob applied power to the engine. I
glanced back at Jacob and asked how he was doing. He looked a little
apprehensive at first, but he was looking around and taking it in. Once
we got off the ground, Jacob could see the 101 freeway. He said "Wow,
look at all those cars down there." At that point, I knew he was going
to be fine.
Just after takeoff. The 101 freeway
is clearly visible.
The sun was shining nicely
and the air was very still for the flight. It was a real smooth flight,
which made Jacob's first flight a nice, easy ride along. There was a
bit of a marine layer, which made for a little haziness, but it was
still a nice flight. Here are some shots of the ride.
Our shadow over the fields of
Haze and marine layer over Camarillo
More of Camarillo from the air.
Jacob takes in the scenery from the
air. He was really enjoying this!
Camarillo High School, as seen from
On final approach to runway 26.
Wheels almost down to earth
again on runway 26.
Back on terra firma, Jacob gives a
big thumbs up after his first trip to the sky.
A big thanks goes out to
Bob Goubitz for taking us up in his airplane for Jacob's very first
ride. I can't think of a better experience for Jacob than a nice,
smooth flight on a nice March day. And for the record, I really enjoyed
it too! Thanks Bob! Here are a couple of pictures of Bob's beautiful
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