ehbowen:loved your First Flight with a Passenger story!
Mine was in a Cessna 172 with my Wife and Daughter around the Hill Country,Canyon Lake followed by a Landing @ San Antonio International (SAT) for Dinner.
I made a Greaser of a Landing @ SAT and also upon returning home to San Marcos Loman Field.( now a Shopping Mall!).
On the way to SAT I had to look out for T-38s zipping in/out of Randolph FAB and then Airline Traffic upon entering the San Antonio TCA.
Wonderful Memories are made from things like this!( My daughter is now 50 and she still talks about it!)
My first flight after getting my ticket was also memorable. A friend was with me when the tower at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati (affectionately known as “Sunken Lunken”), gave me a “clear for immediate take off” as I was holding just off the runway. I gave full throttle started to turn onto the runway and looked to my right and saw a green airplane right over the levee at the end of the runway! I immediately jammed both pedals down and cut the power and stood us on the nose wheel as the other plane roared past on the runway.
As I gathered myself together, the tower calmly advised me to “disregard 70 Zulu.”
I will say that I had a few choice words for the tower.
Clearly my training that the pilot is always in control and responsible, and that one always looks to assure that the way is clear before entering a runway, were reinforced by this experience!
Surprisingly, my friend still was willing to go up with me for a flight which from that point forward was pleasant!
Yikes! How do you think they managed to screw that one up so badly?