July 5, 2011, was the date, I had the helicopter ride that had been in the planning for a while courtesy of my graduating class and my sister and brother-in-law. It was a gorgeous day and Dennis picked me up around 2:00 PM and we drove to Newport. There was another couple going up for a short ride before us, we took some test shots, calibrated the cameras and patiently waited for the friendly staff of Bird’s Eye View Helicopters to escort us to the airfield. The red chopper was waiting and the pilot was removing the doors for better visibility for us as we requested. I sat in the front, on the left-hand side of the helicopter and Dennis sat behind the pilot on the right. Fasten seat belts, instructions on how to use the intercom through the headphones, and off we went.
The flight was a short 45 minutes; time flew as we had fun. I am sharing a small collection of photographs to give you a taste of the ride. There are quite a few more that will require selecting, editing, and making them ready for presentation which may very well be in print format. Watch a short take-off video I recorded, then move on to the photographs.
Thank you all my students, friends who have gone to start their new lives; and thank you Binnaz and Ergun for a memorable experience.