Yesterday would have been an ordinary day to most of us ...but not for me.... yesterday, I rode an ultralight airplane and flew close to Mount Arayat, Rio Chico, the Bamban River where the lahar deposits from Mount Pinatubo passed and the Cong Dadong Dam in Arayat. How did that happen?? Iggy had a pre-nup photo shoot in Pampanga and the couple wanted something different... Iggy suggested having a prenup shoot aboard the ultralight plane... When Iggy asked me to go with them... I immediately asked if I COULD RIDE one of the planes... when he said YES.... I immediately packed my gear ( camera and lens ) and off we went to Pampanga. On our way to Pampanga -- I was hoping that it would stay sunny till the mid afternoon.
that's my pilot, Boy Guevarra..
When we arrived at the Angeles City Flying Club, I immediately went to the front office where I had to register and sign a waiver. After inquiring about the prices, I met Max ( Boy ) Guevarra, who was the head flight instructor. I got more excited when I found out that he was going to be my pilot!!! Great!!! I asked him about the terrain --- I explained to him that I was there as a photographer and I was after landscapes, etc. I asked Boy where he was going to take me... Feeling satisfied with all his explanations on our flight plan, he took me around to be able to take some photos of the other planes they had. I told him I was not new at this sport since I had flown on a microlight plane last December in Chiang Mai, Thailand. More or less, I knew what to expect. The only thing I requested was an ultralight that had no protective covering ( like the windshield ) in front of me and if I could ride on a ultralight that had seats that had seats side by side...
As I walked around with Boy--- he started giving a brief background about the Angeles Flying Club.
From what I gathered from Max ( Boy ) Guevarra, who is the flight instructor at the Angeles City Flying Club --- there are at least 3 ultralight planes that are for rent and the rest are privately owned. If you would like to take a ride on the ultralight ---- you will have to call up and make reservations... The price for the ride depends on how long you want to be up in the sky.... The maximum time on an ultralight is an hour. I opted for 40 minutes.
I had Iggy take some shots of me getting all geared up on the ultralight.
OKAY ---- here we go!!! Come with me on the ultralight plane.... Let me share with you some of the photos I took..
HOW TO GET THERE:
take the North Luzon Expressway ( NLEX ) till the end and turn left driving thru the old national road going to Magalang , Pampanga. At the end of the road you will see a sign " Angeles City Flying Club ". You will enter Barangay Dolores, and drive another 2 kms. on a dirt road. It is not hard to find. There are signs once you enter Barangay Dolores.
ANGELES CITY FLYING CLUB
tel. nos. ( 045 ) 802 2101
( 0918 ) 920 3039
TRY IT and ENJOY your experience up in the sky on an ultralight plane!