THREE students were literally up in the air after working out a crossword puzzle. Kelly Kan Wai-yan, Jas Panag and Daimien Mackesy were taken on a plane ride over Hong Kong as their prize for winning a contest at an aviation event recently. The ride was a gift from the Provisional Airport Authority. It was an ecstatic experience for Kelly, who attends City University. 'It was my first flight ever, and I was happy I could share the thrill with my mother and a friend who joined me,' said the first-year student. 'The airport project looks so impressive from the air. However, I wonder if the new airport will be completed by 1997. The work seems to be going rather slowly.' The three students won a simple crossword puzzle competition organised by the Provisional Airport Authority and the Hong Kong Historical Aircraft Association. The competition for students was part of an aviation exhibition, 'Wings Over Hong Kong, The Path To Chek Lap Kok', designed to give the Hong Kong public a picture of aviation in Hong Kong, with its history and development. Jas Panag said: 'I never imagined I would get a chance to sit in a small plane. It was thrilling!' He said the mountains and buildings looked small from high up. 'It was a good opportunity to see Hong Kong from the air and get a bird's eye view of the city.' The Form Five student said the air ride had given him a very good idea of work in progress at Chek Lap Kok and what the new airport would look like. 'I also got an exciting new perspective on Hong Kong city,' Jas added. Daimien also enjoyed the adventure of being airborne. During the one-hour flight, the crossword puzzle winners crisscrossed the sky over their hometown, the sea and surrounding terrain from a height of about 3,000 metres. The youngsters also had a chance to study the inside of the light aircraft, and enjoyed a chat with the pilot in the cockpit.