Ever tried locating your house from an aeroplane approaching your ‘home’ airport? I’ve tried that. I do that. EVERY TIME. While taking off. Landing. Hovering. And fail to find anything. EVERY TIME. I can't even locate/recognize a specific area, let alone a building or a 'house'.
Talking in Facebook terms, 'this is on my mind right now' while on my way to Bangalore in a Propeller (as the airline people usually address those smaller 'Commercial Carriers' from the French Company ATR - Avions de Transport Régional. For any other person, it would be that fan-like part of an aircraft that helps the plane to move forward – cutting the air.) Apparently, I didn't know much about a Propeller all this while – that being 'the only other thing on my mind'.
With my recently improved Time Management, I was at the airport at 4:20 AM for a 6:15 AM flight (that's considered well-in-advance in Pune). All my 'advanced planning' and 'preparation' went in vain when one of my closest friends working at the airport arranged direct entry, pre-checkin, quick security check, lounge access – all of this in less than 15 mins. I had an hour and a half to observe and enjoy the recently 'upgraded' Pune Lohegaon Airport. That's not the subject here though, but certainly a good one for a separate article. Pipelined.
So, the Lounge coffees, sandwich and call for boarding! We actually walked down to the aircraft - an aircraft that looked more like an aerospace-project for a prodigy science student. There were reasons -
- We decided to take a walk (instead of a shuttle). I didn't know that was allowed for pax.
- 'The Sun' (didn't that sound like Jet Lee's 'The One'?) was yet to rise.
- I realized I hadn't taken a walk at that time of the day (outside my house, of course) in a long time.