Helicopter over Atlanta

Helicopter over Atlanta

Over the weekend of March 5, 2016, Terri and I drove to Atlanta, GA, to join her brothers Robin and David, and their spouses, in celebration of Terri's mother Pat McGriff's birthday. Saturday morning Robin, who is a commercial jet pilot, invited me to go on an adventure while the ladies went shopping. I said 'Sure!'


Robin is also a licensed helicopter pilot. To keep in practice, once every couple weeks he takes a flight. This trip was my first helicopter flight. We took off from the small local airport and flew around the neighborhood, including over Robin's house. Then he made a loop around Stone Mountain State Park. It reminded me a little bit of hot air ballooning. Even though I could look straight down through the clear plastic bubble of the cockpit to the ground a thousand or so feet below, I had no feeling of acrophobia. Robin is a smooth and reassuring pilot, so we had fun.

Bob Laney

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Bob is the site curator and writer of Blue Ridge Outing. Since starting the Blue Ridge Outing travel blog in 2002, Bob has written, recorded and documented countless expeditions in the US and around the world.