Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Flying High

10/20/2005 at 08:00 AM EDT

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Flying High
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are flying high these days – literally.

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On Sunday the couple, along with Jolie's son Maddox, 4, took Jolie's Cirrus SR22 airplane for a spin in Alberta, Canada – an increasingly regular activity now that Pitt has joined Jolie in taking flying lessons, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue.

Earlier this year Jolie purchased the Cirrus SR22, one of the safest single-engine planes, with a base price of $334,700, that includes a parachute that will carry the entire plane to safety.

Jolie got her pilot's license last year, spurred on perhaps by Maddox. "Every time Mad sees a plane, he's amazed," Jolie, told PEOPLE at the time. "If I could actually fly a plane by the time he's 4, I'll be like Superman to him."

Lately, Jolie, Maddox and 9-month-old sister Zahara have settled in with Pitt in a home outside Calgary while the actor films The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

In between daily set visits – where Maddox plays with the other children, including Mary Louise Parker's 21-month-old son William – Jolie and the kids like to shop.

On Oct. 8 they stopped by a charity exhibit selling paintings by Ghanian children. Jolie bought five pieces for about $850, including a whale drawing that Maddox chose.

She "looked like a great, grounded mom," says the event's organizer, Alisa Buckley. "She just has a glow."

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