If you think middle Georgia is beautiful from the ground, consider a view from above. Milledgeville Aviation now provides discovery flight tours for those interested in learning how to fly or sight seers looking for beauty from the sky.
"There's a lot of dark humor in aviation. One is if you can walk away from a landing it was a good landing," said flight instructor, Ken Sharp.
After more than 50 years of flying, Ken Sharp continues to walk away from safe landings. Sharp first learned about aviation in the 1960's while serving in the Air Force. He now uses his skills at the Milledgeville Aviation as a flight instructor.
"Even though you're going 110 miles an hour, 115 miles an hour, it feels like you're just crawling along," said Sharp.
Sharp gives discovery flight tours in a Cessna Skyhawk 172. The single engine plane seats four people and is the most produced plane in history. Sharp enjoys every minute steering the Skyhawk through the air.
"Oh man that's gorgeous, oh man look at that. Look on this side, it was really stunning," said Sharp.
The discovery flight takes you more than 1500 feet in the air and displays a scenic view of Milledgeville and Lake Sinclair. But it also gives you an introductory flight lesson where you get to fly the plane. I'm flying the plane right now bringing you this story, little bit scary.
"You get about a half hour in the air and you find out the air plane can only do about four things. It can climb, descend, turn, and fly straight and level."
Baldwin Airport manager Thomas Osborne says the flight tours provide picturesque views that some first time flyers just can't let go.
"Some people are bitten by the bug after flying the first time."
After taking in the sights of middle Georgia, Ken's happy to be back on solid ground all in one piece.
"If you can reuse the airplane it was an outstanding landing and this one was definitely outstanding," said Sharp.