“Please can I join the pilots to see the landing?”
I am not sure exactly where the boldness came from that day but the only air hostesses in the small plane looked at me with a smile and promised to check with the pilot. This was in 2007.
It had been a long but interesting flight from Lagos and it was one of those moments life offered you some rare opportunities. An 11-seater plane was sent from South Africa to ferry some Board Directors from Lagos to Cape Town. And since I had been scheduled for a business meeting in Jo’burg about the same time, I joined the flight with Abiola Orojo ACC SHRM-SCP.
First stop to refuel was in Windhoek, Namibia and then we dropped off the Directors in Cape Town before finally heading to Jo’burg. It had been a life-time ambition to see the landing of a plane from inside the cockpit. I just needed to demystify the process in my mind. And when she returned a few minutes later to say yes. I was too elated. Seated between the pilot and co-pilot, we sighted the runaway and the pilot gave me a blow-by-blow account of the landing procedure. A dream finally came true!
Indeed, dreams drive on the wheels of ambition.