A day in the life of a biplane pilot
Published Monday, November 14, 2011 5:40PM EST
Greg Reynolds starts up his work vehicle every morning to show people around Ottawa – at 2,000 feet.
Reynolds is a biplane pilot, taking people on tours of the city from his double-winged, open cockpit plane.
"Because you're out in the open, you don't feel closed in. There are no constraints," he said. "You got the wind blowing through your hair. The sun is shining on your face all day."
Reynolds said he started out on bigger planes before breaking off on its own.
"I started doing the airline stuff, and I realized all this airline stuff's not for me," he said. "I ended up buying my own airplane like this years ago and started hopping rides, doing fairs and barnstorming that sort of thing and I just kept at it."
He said the intimacy of his plane, which can hold two other passengers, also lends itself to a unique flying experience.
"You get to talk to these people," he said. "They're all excited about their ride when they get done and generally, in aviation, you don't get too much of that."
His passengers said they definitely agree with the excitement of their ride.
"It was a real birds-eye view. I saw the Parliament Buildings. I saw my bank. I saw where I used to work," said Jocelynne Graver. "I tried to see exactly where I live but it was too quick. It just went too quickly."
Reynolds works out of the Rockcliffe Flying Club, and can often be seen zooming over downtown Ottawa putting in his day's work.
"There's no computers, there's no autopilot," he said. "It's just hands and feet and the seat of your pants."
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Norman Fetterley
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