This blog was supposed to be about diving in Malta, but that has to wait as I am still excited from the flight in a Delta Jet microlight courtesy of Buzz Flying Malta. It was probably the closest thing to skydiving.
Leon was my pilot; without doubt he is truly a man born to fly. In his able hands the little yellow aircraft took us up to sky in a matter of seconds and the wind rushed to greet us both with a gentle breeze. The sky, blue and the sea the epitome of calm.
Than the spectacle began. Flying along the south westerly shore line, Leon flew us both along Dingli Cliffs towards the beautiful beaches on that side of the island. Gnejna bay, Ghajn Tuffieha bay and Golden bay were awesome to look at from 1100 feet. Sunbathers waved at us and we waved back.
Flying north at 60 knots we reached Paradise bay and circled over the sandy beach before heading off towards the little island of the Maltese archipelago – Comino island. Santa Marija bay was full of yachts and people enjoying the clear and beautiful sea around this gem of an island.
I had to remind myself that I am not dreaming and so Leon took a selfie of both us from his mobile phone.
Leon now turned south and we headed towards Bay Street Complex and be.HOTEL, circling twice over the Complex before pushing off towards Valetta the Capital city of Malta and her majestic bastions.
The highlight of it all was probably when we flew over Grand Harbour, seeing Fort St. Angelo and Bighi from that height in an open cockpit has imprinted beautiful memories in my mind.
Sadly, all things need to come to an end and it was time for Leon to turn towards the runway at Luqa to land.
The landing was sheer pleasure as if the ground was rushing towards us to greet us back to earth. We touched down gently without the slightest bump!
I highly recommend this awesome experience provided by Buzz Flying Malta to anyone visiting Malta. In 45 minutes you would almost manage to see the entire island from the sky. The thrill is so great that you stand a chance of getting addicted to it!
If flying in an open cockpit might seem a bit too daunting for you, Buzz Flying Malta also offers flights in Ikarus C42B which has a closed canopy. (the white aircraft seen in the background)
James Davis is the COO of Bay Street Group that operates be.HOTEL