Plane Flying in the Philippines: Dreams Can Come True at the Angeles City Flying Club
Have you ever wanted to fly? Whether you’ve dreamed of flying ever since you were a child or simply want to take adventure to a whole new level, you can now make those plane flying dreams come true in Pampanga at the Angeles City Flying Club.
Plane Flying Dreams Can Come True
Originally, the club’s airfield was near Angeles City, thus the name ‘Angeles City Flying Club’. However, commercial development overtook that site and now it’s nowhere close to the area. So, don’t get fooled like I did, even though they retained the name. :p Angeles City Flying Club is now located in Magalang, Pampanga, just a half-hour drive away from Clark Freeport Zone.
Angeles City Flying Club is basically a non-profit flying club and flying school, with the aim to promote Ultralight plane flying, including light sport aircraft and microlights, in the Philippines. They also aim to share their passion for plane flying with other people.
At Angeles City Flying Club, you can fly an Ultralight as a guest or become a member and learn the proper way of plane flying to your heart’s content. All that you have to do is book a trial flight and they will help you the rest of the way.
If you aren’t ready to become a full-time member of Angeles City Flying Club, you can just walk in and become a member for a day, wherein you can enjoy all of the benefits for that day: fly an Ultralight, use the swimming pool, have a BBQ, chat with the pilots at the rooftop cafe and eat here.
Short trial flights start at only P1650. For full rates, please visit their official website at https://www.angelesflying.com
I was lucky enough to be able to take a trial flight when I was in Pampanga for 7107 earlier this year: The 7107 Aftermath: Is a Part 2 in Order?
To be perfectly honest, I was super excited on the way to Angeles City Flying Club. However, when I got there and saw the Ultralight plane that I was going to fly (not the one pictured above), I started to panic.
This was the Ultralight that I was assigned to that day. I don’t know if you can see it properly, but this Ultralight plane is completely bare all around – meaning that, unlike the other one, there is no cover at the front or on the sides.
The thought of falling out of the plane scared me so much that I was this close to backing out and I actually started tearing up a little bit.
Fortunately, I had an experienced instructor by my side who helped put me at ease and eventually helped me
survive get through my first lesson in the end.
Step One: Breathe. Step Two: Gear up. Step Three: Breathe. Step Four: Learn the controls. Step Five: Breathe some more. Step Six: Don’t forget to breathe. At the end of all of the prepping, I was still so nervous, though, that we actually had to drive around the airfield for a few minutes before I got the courage to actually soar high and fly.
But man, when I did, there was no turning back. Here’s a snippet of me flying from my Instagram account (follow me at @lilmisswonderwoman):
I can’t really find the words to describe it. The minute I started flying, I felt blissful and content. I was on a completely different level of high – both literally and figuratively – and it was just pure ecstasy for me. What I loved about it the most was that my instructor allowed me to take full control of the Ultralight plane.
Of course, he’d guide me through it whenever I needed it, but most of the time, I was in complete control and that feeling simply cannot be replaced with anything else.
Flying clearly isn’t for everyone, though. My friend Miko Carreon actually went on a trial flight, too, and while he mostly just enjoyed the view and took air selfies while his instructor flew them around; I focused more on actually flying the plane and enjoying the whole experience. I remember landing and thinking, “This is it. This is my calling. All I want to do for the rest of my life is fly.”
That’s no exaggeration. I actually have this dream plan of living with my grandmother in Pampanga for a few months just to finish the whole training program and get a Sports Pilot License.
I guess you can say that the flying really got to my head.
So, if you’re looking for something new to do, are tired of all of the other adventures out there, and you want to see a new dimension of life, visit Angeles City Flying Club and enjoy the wonders of flying – or, at the very least, get some air selfies and tick that off of your YOLO bucket list. :p
Angeles City Flying Club
Woodland Airpark, Sitio Talimundok, Bgy. Sta. Maria, 2011 Magalang