If you have the unique opportunity to take first-time flyers up in the air, you might be wondering what to expect. Even if they’ve flown on commercial aircraft before, the sensation of flying in a personal plane is an entirely different experience. As expected, first-time flyers may be apprehensive or anxious. Here are some tips to ensure your introductory flight is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for both you and your passengers:
Whether you’re flying family members, friends, or business associates, it’s important that your passengers place their trust in your ability to provide a safe flight. It can help to guide your passengers through the pre-flight, providing opportunities to explain what you’re doing and giving them a chance to ask questions. Your passengers may feel a greater peace of mind once they learn more about the aircraft and pre-flight safety procedures.
The feeling of flying in a small aircraft may be foreign to people who are used to flying on major airliners. While you may be accustomed to the unique noises, bumps, and turns of your plane, these sensations might startle your passengers. Before hopping in the cockpit, give your passengers an explanation of what to expect and include any information about potential weather or turbulence you might run into.
Throughout the flight, it can help to keep your passengers engaged. Narrate what you’re doing and point out anything they might find interesting. Be sure to point out landmarks or sights your passengers might want to capture on camera.
Finally, don’t forget to express your excitement about flying. After all, you’ve put in the hours, effort, and money into acquiring the skills necessary to fly. If you’re confident and enthusiastic about your abilities, your passengers will feel more confident and enthusiastic as well. If you’re lucky, you could even inspire a future pilot!