Everyone in the flying world has seen this video. But not everyone in the world at large has, so here you go.
For context, the clip shows a male pilot taking off in a small ultralight craft from what is reported to be the airport in Kourou, French Guiana. Riding along with him is a female passenger on what the pilot says is her first small-aircraft trip. And riding along with them is another passenger, who makes an appearance about 40 seconds in.
Additional study notes:
- The ten seconds seconds starting at time 1:00 are wonderful found-art comedy, as the pilot discovers that his aircraft has three rather than two “souls on board.” If this were a cartoon, the pilot’s eyes would be popping out ten inches from his head.
- Kourou is the site from which the French space program has launched its rockets. I’m not sure, but I think the Arianespace launch facility is what you can see in the background starting at around time 1:30.
- The pilot shows admirable sangfroid in getting his craft back on the runway quickly once he discovers what he had missed before takeoff. But in this he is matched by unflappability of his extra passenger, from about 1:45 onward. The human passenger seems to be having a good time throughout.