This was my first flight with my good friend Marcus, who somewhat recently got his private pilot’s license. I had been hoping to go up with him ever since I heard about his interest in flying, and on this Wednesday evening I got to do it! It was a blast! We had reserved the plane for 6:00pm, but the people before us got back so late that our start was pretty delayed. We had planned to go down the Columbia River Gorge, then up to Mt. Adams, across to Mt. St. Helens and back to Hillsboro, but because of how late we took off and how early the sun is setting these days we decided to cut it short this time. We still flew for 1.7 hours according to Marcus’s calculations and got some great views of downtown and the gorge. Marcus even let me take the controls for about a half an hour. That was really cool, not something I expected to do on my first flight! I really enjoyed learning about the various navigation and communications protocols and about how the instruments worked. I am really looking forward to doing it again in the future, especially during the day when we can see more.