One Day Pilot

Recently, I bought into a bunch of groupon-type of deals to spend an amazing out-of-the-ordinary weekend. There was this thing called One Day Pilot and I found the deal on

The One Day Pilot tour covers flying above the KL city and one of us gets to the co-pilot the plane (yep, that’s me!).

So I went with my friend Elle and my sister Ashley last Saturday.

We arrived at 1:00 PM but there was a delay due to the morning haze, and that one of the previous passengers threw up in the plane. They had to clean it up before we board it hence the additional delay. LOL

2:30 PM and came our turn to climb the Cessna plane, the model I’m growing to be familiar with now. The pilot’s name is Hazim and small world indeed, he knows my skydiving instructors!

So we flew from Subang airport and made our way to the city of KL. The pilot handled the take off and landing, but while in mid air I get to steer the plane. 🙂

There’s a reason why pilots need years of training to fly a plane safely. And I was just the wanna-be pilot for a day – wait, more like an hour, lol

This was our first time viewing KL city from the top, not among the ridiculous traffic jam for a nice change!

Ashley recorded most of the journey – here’s the 4 minute version video I uploaded on YouTube:

After an hour of breathtaking view and some adrenaline rush from flying the plane, we got our feet rooted back on Earth… and got our certificate of participation!

The View Was Better From The Plane

So I finally did it! It took me one full year to be mentally prepared to do this… seriously!

When I learned from my friend Shaun Ng there is static line jump in Segamat, Johor I decided it’s time to go for it.

Immediately, I blasted a text message to all of my friends I thought would be interested on my iPhone. And only Nic answered my crazy skydiving offer. (he had a lot of second thoughts and ‘what ifs’ but unlike me, he sure didn’t take a whole year to prepare!)

So we both went for it. A couple of weekends prior to the skydiving activity, Nic and I went for theory training at the instructor’s house in Cheras. Learned how a parachute functions, what to do in case of emergencies, briefing on exiting the plane, working the parachute and landing on the drop zone, etc. That took about 6 hours.

Thus 16th April, Saturday came. And off we go…

For me, the scariest part of the skydiving jump was exiting the plane. It was more so scary on the second jump (recorded in the videos above). The pilot didn’t stop for anything and I was afraid of being blown away before getting into position. Thank God I survived to tell the tale. 🙂

I felt like Iron Man so to speak LOL okay seriously, I felt like I’ve conquered a new mental barrier and it was a personal breakthrough for me.

After the two successful jumps, all of the skydiving participants – 9 in all – received the certificate for completion of training and our own skydiving license!

This is something I’d love to do again in the near future. 🙂