In Autumn last year we reported on the retirement of Pete Knighton of Knighton Haulage who had faithfully served Alpha Rail as our haulage contractor for many years delivering our metal railings and gates on time to our customers.
Part of Pete’s retirement present was a voucher for an introductory flying lesson in a two-seater Piper PA 38 Tomahawk light aircraft. Pete finally booked his lesson and took off from Tollerton Airport on Sunday 13 March with his family and friends looking on in excitement.
He sent us this lovely thank you message and pictures.
“Hello to my dear friends at Alpha Rail, thank you for my wonderful retirement present. I have just taken my flying lesson and many of my family were there to see me take off. Everybody was quite excited except for my Grandson, Barnaby, who cried because he thought I was leaving him for good!
Prior to the flight, I was given a comprehensive briefing by the flying instructor who explained what would happen during my trip. Once airborne I was allowed to take the controls while the instructor navigated and talked on the radio. He showed me various aspects of flight, including turning, climbing, descending, straight and level flight and of course take-off and landing.
Our flight path took us over many famous landmarks across Nottingham including a flyover of Kirkby in Ashfield – we even flew over the Alpha Rail yard – though I could not could get a photo. We also travelled over Alfreton then onto Mansfield, Newark, and Southwell before returning to land at Tollerton.
The whole experience was amazing and although the weather was very hazy it was sunny at 3000 ft. and I enjoyed some splendid views during my experience.