Hello, This is Dan O'Brien.
On August 27th, after a month of hard training in the summer heat, I flew for the first time from Mount Iwaya.
After take off, I was asked "how do you feel?" And of course the answer was absolutely wonderful. It is rare to have that kind of experience where you are floating and the wind is caressing your face. It is great. Of course along with this comes an element of danger.
Just before take off I felt this danger and was tense and this showed in how stiff my actions were. Also, because of being nervous I forgot to wait five seconds before "sitting" in the seat. Things will improve with practice I am sure.
The head teacher said for a first flight everything went well. I think that what was best about the flight was that I relaxed after the take off was a success, and I was able to hear without freezing up the coaching which led to a safe landing. And that is why I am writing now!