Ride in the Sky with NEPA Air Show Pilot
AVOCA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- The Northeastern Pennsylvania Air Show is fueling up for a big weekend.
"Have you ever been in a small airplane?" asked pilot Jacquie Warda.
"No, I've traveled a lot but that's a lot different," I replied.
"This is a whole different experience," Warda said.
What's the world like from thousands of feet up?
I wanted to know, so I met up with Jacquie Warda, an experienced pilot in town for the air show from to find out.
"It's hard to describe because there isn't anything on earth that you could do that simulates that. Once you leave the ground, you can move in three dimensions, which you can't do on the ground. It's like being in heaven," she said.
A feeling hard to resist, so she let me come along for the ride.
"When you get nervous, breathe through your mouth," she said.
"Okay, I think I'm ready!" I replied.
"Okay, let's go!" said Warda.
Of course, not without a full run-down and strapping me in tight, and I do mean, tight.
"We're gonna push down for air speed, 150-160 knots, and then we'll pull up. And this tells us how high we are, we're gonna go up to 3,000 feet," said Warda.
And soon enough, we were off in her German-made Extra 300.
"Extra 345 Julia bravo Wilkes-Barre ground runway for taxi via alpha to bravo two," we heard over the radio.
"You ready Katie?" she asked.
"Ready!" I replied.
"Okay we're going to do our first roll," Warda said. "Look left! Yee-haw!"
After an exhilarating moment in the clouds - areobatics and all - we landed safely back at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.
"Did you enjoy that?" Warda asked me.
"I found it very calming actually!" I said.
"Really? Wow, you should start talking flying lessons," said Warda.
"I wouldn't say no to that!" I replied.
And while she took me on a pretty easy ride, she's got some even greater stuff in store for the air show this weekend.
"I'm going to fly my air plane between the ground and about 1,800 feet and I'm going to dive to the ground, miss the ground, pull up and do some flippy stuff," she said.
And if you would like to see Pilot Jacquie and others this weekend at the NEPA air show, you can find more information on their website: https://nepairshow.com/