Monday, February 09, 2009

Who's Flying This Plane?

Last December I took a trip out to Pilot Point, Alaska. It is about two hours southwest of Anchorage. I was the only person on the flight so they took out all six seats and stuffed the plane full of cargo. I had to sit in the co-pilot's seat. Great view but not so much room. After we took off and the pilot leveled the plane he put it on autopilot. He didn't touch the controls again until we saw the runway at Pilot Point. I have flown a lot and I have never seen a pilot do that before. It was a little weird because there was quite a strong cross wind bouncing us around and he never touched the stick. You have got to love flying in the Bush.