The smell of avgas subtly cut through the fresh air and the buzz of the engine broke through the flying helmet. Adrenaline was pumping as we taxied along the runway, and up, up we went. Over the airport, over the nearby town, over the lush emerald paddocks of the surrounding valley. Hair whipped my face as we circled over the Latrobe Valley in Victoria, Australia, admiring the greenery as far as the eye could see; and in the distance I spotted three coalmines in a triangular pattern – it was in the centre of these three coalmines, at 4,000ft that I held on for dear life as we looped and rolled and spun to my heart’s content.
The nose of the Pitts S2A dipped slightly before looping. I looked above my head, and there it was, the earth below me. The exhilaration of that moment, knowing you are upside down in a plane thousands of feet above the ground, with just an incredibly safe and secure harness holding you to the seat, is unlike any other.
The open cock-pit bi-plane was manoeuvred fluently and with precision, each loop and roll a fluid motion. I tensed and gripped the front of the cockpit as we flew upside down, leaving the seat and with only the harness holding me to safety. We nose-dived, spinning toward the ground as the horizon whirled around me. We rolled and rolled as the earth came into view above my head, before vanishing below me again. I held my breath, I laughed, I felt free.
David from Bandicoot Adventure Flights is professional and considerate, ensuring your safety and enjoyment before all else. Aerobatics in an open cock-pit aircraft is an experience beyond all others, something everyone should try at least once (I’ve lost count of how many times I have been for aerobatic joyrides, it’s just that exciting!)
If you would like more information or would like to book a joyride visit the Bandicoot Adventure Flights website.