Aerobatic plane ride a blast for Quebec girl, 4
Girl, who's been riding on airplanes since age 2, overcomes fear of being upside down
Four-year-old Léa Langumier has accompanied her father, Raphael Langumier, 40, on multiple plane rides near their Lachute, Que., home since she was two years old but always had one rule — her father was not allowed to put the plane upside down.
Last Sunday, the girl overcame that fear — gleefully — when she took part in her first aerobatic plane ride in Lachute, which is about 85 kilometres northwest of Montreal.
When she told her father she was ready for those unpredictable twists and turns — even being upside down — he took her in his arms, raised her in the air and simulated aerobatic moves just to make sure she was ready before they boarded the plane.
"I wanted to make sure she wouldn't panic in the air," Langumier said with a laugh. "But I really just wanted to make sure it would be a pleasant experience for her."
'Papa, I want my head upside down again.' - Léa Langumier, four years old
All signs indicate that Léa had a blast.
''She went to tell her mother and even called her grandmother to let her know what she had done,'' Langumier said.
In the video posted on YouTube, she implores her father to put the plane upside down after he had performed some basic aerobatic moves. Once he granted her wish, she is seen giggling throughout the ride asking him for an encore.
"Papa, I want my head upside down again," she says repeatedly in the video through her laughter.
Léa is no stranger to airplanes.
Her mother worked as a flight attendant when she was pregnant with her daughter.
Léa's father is the president of Aviation RL, a company that offers flight testing services and aerobatic training. The Langumier family resides in Lachute's aeroparc, a residential real estate project at the Lachute airport tailored for airplane owners.
"She sees airplanes every day,'' he said.
Even though Langumier, who has been flying planes for nearly 25 years, does not want to force his hobby on Léa, he admits that watching his daughter enjoy the experience was rewarding.
''Any parent that's passionate about something dreams of watching their kid follow in their footsteps," he said.