I'm sure there are many of these posts so I apologize in advance.
After being into aviation since I was ten years old (I am twenty now) I decided to take my first flying lesson.
I met my instructor at TOA and we went out to the 172S N881AC. I then went through the whole preflight procedure and then was told to get into the left seat. After the checklist we taxied out to 29L where I was told to apply full power and pull up at 74. I was a bit nervous when I first climbed into the plane and also looking down that runway before takeoff but that went away as soon as we took off.
I turned left and headed towards Catalina.
After circling Catalina I headed towards Downtown L.A. flying over the harbor and then Compton court.
After than we headed towards the Hollywood sign then turned left and went over Santa Monica and made another left where I went over LAX.
I absolutely loved flying over LAX and getting a different look at that airport.
After that I headed over to TOA and made another left parallel with the runway where the instructor took over for the approach and landing.
And the bird itself.
Not a great picture but I wasn't really concentrating on my photography.
I didn't expect to do much flying this time so I was amazed when I pretty much did the whole thing except for landing. My instructor said I did good job (whew!) and that I could pick it up pretty easily if I want to. I did have some difficulty with setting the trim and using the rudder. At this moment I am more concerned with learning how to talk on the radio/understanding the tower than flying.
Anyways it was an amazing experience and I definitely urge anyone thinking about it to go and do it! I can't wait to go back up!