Top: Anne Szymczak, of Urbana, Ill., conquers her claustrophobia from wearing the safety helmet before an introductory instructional flight lesson Sunday morning with the help of Pilot Allistair Wilson and her husband Paul.
Bottom: Pilot Allistair Wilson and Szymczak take off on the flight that would take her into the sky, providing a 60-mile panoramic view of Bridgeton and Mansfield.
When Will Justice, 11, of Urbana, Ill., climbed out of the two-seat Astra Trike Sunday morning and removed his helmet and goggles, he was grinning ear to ear.
"It was really fun looking over the side at the ground," he said.
Will was the youngest member of his family of seven to take an introductory instructional flight lesson with one of the most highly experienced full-time pilots and instructors in the U.S., Allistair Wilson.
Wilson owns Sportflight International LLC, a full-time Ultralight training facility based at Shawnee Airfield, in Bloomfield, 30 miles southeast of Terre Haute, Indiana, which has set up a base in a cornfield two-and-a-half miles north of Brazil on St. Rd. 59.
Emphasizing safety in all aspects of the flight lesson, three highly trained pilots are on hand to provide people interested in Ultralights the experience of flight.
"It was really, really fun," Will reassured his mother waiting for her turn, and his father's return from his flight. "It was a little scary at first, but it's like free flying when you take off. Then you just want to throw your arms in the air to feel like you're flying."
For more information about Ultralights or Sportflight International LLC, please visit their website at www.astratrike.com, or contact them at:
Sportflight International LLC
RR # 7, Box 1021
Bloomfield, Indiana 47424