SO THERE I was, hovering 450 metres above Victoria Harbour and the spectacular Hong Kong skyline. It was a fine day but a little too windy for my liking. But then again, it's not every day that I get a chance to fly over this crowded city on what looks like a cigar-shaped spaceship. I was with four Young Post readers who took part in the 'Flying Ship: 100 Days Adventure' Education Day organised by a commercial bank. Even when our feet were firmly on the ground of the old airport at Kai Tak, our hearts were fluttering. For Martha Lai, 11, and Heidi Sommerau, 13 - two of the four winners of a Young Post competition - the highlight of the day was definitely flying on the 'Pt100 Flying Ship' on Saturday. Once inside the five-seat 'gondola', we instantly felt the vibrating sound of engines. The takeoff and landing of the flying ship felt like a roller coaster ride. Watching the blimp land, Martha felt a little nervous. 'It looks exciting! And I feel a little bit [frightened] because it goes up like almost straight,' Martha said. After the airship landed, the two Young Post readers, the photographer and I went up to the cockpit upon instructions from the pilot. Chief Pilot Mike Nerandzic, who used to be a commercial pilot and has flown airships for 16 years, was the pilot for our first airship journey. We were asked to put our headphones on and fasten our seat belts as soon as we got on the airship. Listening to the conversations between the pilot and air traffic control through the headphones, we knew that we were to depart very soon. While I was wondering whether flying on a blimp would be different from flying on an aeroplane - whoosh! - the airship had already taken off. As Martha described, the airship went up almost vertically. In less than a minute, we were high up in the sky. The pilot showed us where we live. Having flown 5,000 and 7,000 hours on airships and aeroplanes respectively, Mr Nerandzic said flying an airship was more fun than flying a commercial aircraft. 'It's different. It [an airship] is a cross between a helicopter and a boat,' said the 43-year-old pilot, who has flown airships to 22 countries and for five Olympic Games. 'I enjoy it a lot more! It's a unique type of aviation. 'If we were not doing this, we'd probably be flying balloons, kites or something,' he added. Even though we wanted to stay a bit longer, we had to head back after 10 minutes. 'It's cool! I think I saw my building in Happy Valley,' said Heidi, who had sat next to the pilot. 'You can see more than on a plane because you're lower down. And you don't have air-con, you have the nice breeze.'