It was New Year’s Eve 2009, a Full Moon & all Rolling into 2010!
Happy New Year Everyone!
Years back I remember evenings & nights… slicing skywards thru the heavens into glorious nights, en route to the world & lucky me, from the front seats up front… the most blessed way to travel with life’s valuable cargoes. Night flights were always my favorite, while keeping you entertained!
Which reminds me… earlier today I made mutual contact with a friend through Facebook, after many years, that flew with me on my 1st ever solo cross country flight in a plane during my years of learning to fly. After departing the airport of our 2nd leg & flying for about a 1/2 hour or more, I called the aviation area control center & asked if they could confirm where I was (the ground below looked like the ground everywhere else & on the map, I couldn’t tell the difference from one hill to the next & my passenger… he had no idea where we were & he had the map! I was busy flying to keep above a really tall plateau), anyways, they reported they did not have me on radar any longer and then asked me
- Air Traffic Control: ‘Before we loose radio contact with you as well… how much fuel do you have onboard & confirm there’s just 2 of you onboard.’
- My friend’s words to me: ’Ah geezus… we’re ALL gonna die!’ I looked around inside the plane, there was just the 2 of us. (ALL I thought?) I looked skyward expecting to see a massive set of Asteroids heading right at us… nothing!… not a cloud in the sky!
- I reported back to ATC or whatever they were called then… ‘Affirmative, 2 onboard & the fuel… we filled up before we left, we should be ok for a while… no idea where we are, eh?’
- ATC… (garbled). That was pretty much the last received transmission for about 20 minutes. My passenger & I finally figured out where we were & lookee here at that, he was visiting here in NZ… we’re both still alive after all that time!
There’s another friend, just across the pond in OZ, on the Gold Coast, alive & well as well, lucky you… & Pete Tong, the DJ himself, starting off a year of traveling in your neck of the woods at Platinum in Broadbeach at midnight, you lucky, and there were all you others I was chatting with here & internationally the days before New Years 2010… nice everyone! Thanks for your friendship & all the enjoyable times!
Until we meet again…
Resistance is still Futile & that’s the way it was all rolling into 2010!