And I see where the crazy lady got her 10-minute ride notion.
Mike’s finishing up his helicopter training in Glendale, AZ, at Gold Coast Helicopters. The folks down there were kind enough to save him a copy of the West Valley View dated April 17, 2007. As shown here, Flying M Air’s helicopter made the front cover with a big photo and a story about Flying M Air and its participation in the event.
The article, titled “‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity,” included the subtitle, “Avondale couple take 10-minute helicopter ride at Buckeye Air Fair.” (I guess that’s where the crazy lady got the idea that we’d advertised 10-minute rides.) But despite what the happy couple in the interview told the reporter, the rides were probably closer to 8 minutes than 10. It sort of proves something other ride-givers have told me in the past: anything more than 5 or 6 minutes is wasted; it’s the overall experience that impresses first-time riders.
The article, by Sara Bisker, had a few minor boo-boos in it — like identifying my husband, Mike, as the co-owner of Flying M Air — but was a wonderful contribution to the Flying M Air scrapbook. I appreciate her mentioning the other services we offer, since we really don’t do rides at events very often at all.
In all, the article was a pleasant surprise. Many thanks to the folks at the West Valley View for covering the event.