Take the joyride for bird's eye view of Mysore

Fun flights

Take the joyride for bird's eye view of Mysore

Joyrides in the sky for Dasara are back in the city after 29 years. The two-seater ‘Cessna 152’ aircraft took off from the Mandakalli airport on Monday, marking the launch of the 15-minute Dasara sortie services.

The flight in the two-seater aircraft (including pilot), named the Maharaja package, costs Rs 2,500 per head with Madhurima Mukherjee as the flight instructor. The other package, named Yuvaraja, could not take off as the pilot for the three-seater aircraft, the ‘Cessna 172’, was not available.

The flight gives passengers a panoramic view of Mysore’s prominent landmarks, Amba Vilas Palace, Lalith Mahal Palace and Chamundi Hills from a height of 700-1,000 ft from the ground. A total of 20 tickets were booked on Day One, half the number of trips that could be undertaken in two sessions: 9 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.

The team

A team of 17, including technicians, engineers and instructor pilot of Government Flying Training School (GFTS) are at the airport for the purpose.

GFTS officers are hopeful of better response in the coming 10 days of the festival. The joyrides may be extended upto October 30, depending on the response.

Naveen Raj Singh, GFTS director, told Deccan Herald that the fare was high, given that an hour’s flight consumed 40 litres of the imported fuel Avgas, which costs Rs 210 a litre, the costliest.

Mysore Zilla Panchayat president Ka Pu Siddaveerappa was the first passenger for the joyride, which was inaugurated by Medical Education and district incharge Minister S A Ramdas. Sathish Kumar, a resident of Mandi Mohalla, was the first ticket holder to take the flight.

The tickets for the joyride are available at the Deputy Commissioner’s office and Palace Board office. Carrying a proof of identity is a must for enthusiasts who wish to take the joyride.

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