Welcome back to our series where we discover more about the adventures of pilots who use Wingly! The enthusiastic pilots on our platform share with us when they first fell in love with flying and why they love to use Wingly! ✈️
This week we spoke to Adam! Adam has his own YouTube channel, Private Pilot Vlogs, vlogging his flying experiences – including a few Wingly flights. Watching his videos are a great way to prepare for flying in a light aircraft with Wingly! (Plus they are pretty funny 😅)
Where did your passion for flying begin?
My Granddad passed away in 2009 and left me a small amount of money. I wanted to do something special with it. One day a watch a friend of a friend land his helicopter in a field which was so cool! The next day I went to my nearest airfield to find out how I could learn to fly. I met a lovely Australian instructor called Sharlene and the rest is history! In recent years I have found out that my Granddad was involved in the production of military aircraft during the war, which i had no idea of, so I am sure he will approve!
How long have you been flying for?
I took my first lesson in June 2010, so 10 years in June! Literally flown by 😉
Where are your favourite places to fly to / from?
My favourite destination is the Isle of Wight. I’ve been there more than twenty times. In just 55 minutes I can get away from The Midlands and land on a small island which, when the weather is great, is simply the best!
Why did you choose Wingly as a platform?
I have previously spent the majority of my time flying with my wife. However since having our daughter she hasn’t flown with me, and wont not until she is a little older when we can fly as a family. Wingly has enabled me to be able to fly regularly, meet fantastic people from all backgrounds of life, share an amazing experience, and the cost too! I highly recommend Wingly to other pilots.
What is it about flying strangers that you enjoy?
I love meeting new people and sharing my aviation passion. Before any flight I am in contact with the passengers to get to know them before we fly, and address any concerns or questions. By the time we meet I have built up a good picture of who they are. I have met so many amazing people over the last year through weekly, from university students celebrating 1st anniversary together to a 90 year old lady taking her first ever flight! With permission I capture all my flights for my YouTube channel, so I can share my experience with a wider audience.
What is your favourite flying memory?
Recently I took a day trip to Le Touquet which was an amazing day. The weather was perfect. Flying over Luton, around London airspace to Lydd to cross the English Channel for a long final approach landing in LFAT! We took a taxi into town for lunch followed by a stroll along the beach. The French air traffic are so welcoming.
How many proposals have you had on a flight?
So far only one proposal flight which was pre planned 2 months in advance! It was a fantastic experience, and felt special to be right there when he popped the question!
How would you go about making a proposal flight special?
I would arrange a call and find out some information on the couple. Perhaps arrange champagne, flowers, or to be flown over a location that has a special connection. Totally depends on what they want to do!
What tips would you give to someone looking to propose on a light aircraft?
Be pretty confident they are going to say yes!! It could be an awkward experience if you were declined, although would make an excellent video!
How do you pop the question without getting down on one knee?!
Before the day we will discuss a moment in flight when they can pop the question so everyone knows what to expect! (Apart from the person being proposed to!)
Have you ever flown any celebrities in your time?
No not yet although my friend Alison Hammond (from ITV) is up for sharing a flight which will be fun!
One piece of advice for new pilots?
A good pilot is always learning!
Check out Adam’s sightseeing flights here!
And keep your eyes posted on the blog – next we are speaking to another pilot using Wingly to fly, Fabio! ✈️