Alan Longstreet gives flying a try at Millennium Flight - Fox 2 News Headlines

Alan Longstreet gives flying a try at Millennium Flight

Posted: Updated:
Alan Longstreet in the cockpit with his instructor, Bill.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Alan Longstreet in the cockpit with his instructor, Bill. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
GROSSE ILE, Mich. (WJBK) -

The Thunder of Michigan Air Show takes to the air on August 4.  While there, you will have the chance to catch the best of the best in flight.

But what is it like to take control of the cockpit on your own?  Intriguing, sure, but isn't it expensive?  Not necessarily.  Check out the Millennium Flight Center in Grosse Ile.  They offer introductory flight courses for $75.

"We have 'Come Out and Fly' for new students, and they go up for about an hour and they get loggable time," said a representative with Millennium Flight.

Affordability.  Check.  Aerophobia.  Double check.  So how does one get over the nerves?

"Get to know you instructor first because it's real important to be with an instructor that fits your personality."

Bill has been a pilot since 1979, an instructor for over a decade and the guy knows his stuff.

"Generally the first flight we walk them through everything on the plane.  We don't really fly much, and then we go up and we start with just basic maneuvers.  How to make it take off.  How to make it land.  How to turn.  How to climb.  How to descend," he said.

We cruised to altitude and Bill made his first and only mistake of the day.  He handed the controls over to me.  Let's just say I was a little hesitant to take over.  No worries though, Bill briefed me on the aileron and the rudder peddles, and before long I was banking and rolling on a very amateur level.

If you want to give it a shot, visit www.flymillennium.com for more information.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • WATCH LIVE: VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day

    WATCH LIVE: VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:06:45 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years.
    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years.
  • RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:05:15 GMT
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
  • Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:54 GMT
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices