New Year’s Eve is also Ben’s birthday which is much more important to us. Last year we started the tradition of flying for his birthday. He has his private pilot’s license and of course flying is one of his favorite things in the world to do. What better way to spend his birthday. Despite how scary being up in a tiny plane people might think it is, it is actually not scary at all. It helps to know the pilot and how skilled he is. I have to admit to getting a bit of a fright last year when we went. I had not been up in 10 years with him and my door opened during takeoff. The planes are not necessarily the latest and the greatest so there was some weather stripping hanging down that prevented the door from closing securely. Turns out I did not need to be worried. Some people remove the doors on those planes for a variety of purposes. I was actually able to open the window and slam the door shut while up in the air, though I did expect the door to fly back open on every steep turn we did. Thankfully it did not so all was well. Sure makes for a great story!
Unfortunately this year, we only made it as far as the runway in the plane. We got out to the runway and Ben noticed it was running a bit rough and tried to clear the spark plugs. Even though we may have been fine, he decided to taxi back and not go up. Not worth going up if you have any doubt even though it proably would have been ok. I felt so bad he didn't get to fly on his birthday though.
We just hung around our place for the evening with some friends so that absolutely no driving was involved. Who wants to be a designated driver on New Year’s Eve? Not to forget all of the other crazy people out on the roads that evening.