- May 5, 2021
DHC-2 Beaver on floats in Alaska. I was 15, and working through ground school for my ppl when we did a family trip to Alaska. My dad chartered a Beaver float plane to take us out to a forest service cabin on a lake on Admiralty Island. My dad suggested that I sit up front in the right seat next to the pilot. At some point, we're cruising at 500 ft above the coastline, the pilot looks over and notices my written test study guide. He asks me if I'm in ground school, and if I've started flight training yet. I told him I hadn't, and he said "well, it's about time you did", and he threw the yoke over to my side and let me fly it for the next 20 minutes.