Unfortunately, for most of us, entry to the fabled ‘mile high club’ involves an awkward incident in a cramped toilet with the constant threat of an angry knock on the door.
Which is why more people have talked about it than done it.
The idea was invented, reputedly, by aviation pioneer Lawrence Sperry who – you won’t be surprised to hear, also invented the autopilot.
Mr Sperry reputedly christened a Curtiss Flying Boat with socialite Mrs. Waldo Pierce while flying over New York in November 1916.
Since then, though, the mile high club has remained a somewhat exclusive fraternity, with very few people actually managing to pull off high-latitude shenanigans.
But Scott Conaway has the answer for anyone who’s desperate to get it on at 5,000 feet.
“I don’t wanna be just a good pilot, I wanna be a couple steps above”
His business, Mile High TC, operates a light aircraft that’s been fitted with a double bed and a discreet curtain so the pilot can’t see what the passengers are doing.
Unless, you know, that’s your thing too.
Scott told The Pulse that he had the idea in the back of his mind for a long time before actually starting in earnest: “Ever since I got my pilot’s license, first time my wife got in the airplane I said, ‘Let’s join the mile high club!’ and she said, ‘Shut up and fly the plane you idiot.’”
Later, he made a website for Mile High TC but more or less forgot about it.
Until his website came to the attention of two local radio DJs who mentioned it on air – leading to scot being inundated with hundreds of from would-be high altitude lovers.
He has, he tells Pulse, taken up a couple in their 70’s, and also a couple where the woman was pregnant.
He says it’s most commonly the woman in the couple that makes the booking: “I warn guys if they’re surprising the girl that does not always go over well. The reverse? We have never had an issue. Ever.
“I’m under the impression that women are slightly more particular of who’s around them when they’re being intimate.”
Scott flies out of the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan. Flights cost $390.00 per couple and includes a ‘mile high club’ membership certificate.