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Old 07-24-08, 12:27 AM   #1
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Pilot Check In

Along with photogs, it seems we have a goodly number of pilots.
So, who has at one time or another has had their private ticket?

I learned in a Super Cub off of a grass strip.
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Old 07-24-08, 12:27 AM   #2
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I work on them, so I think it's pretty obvious I don't fly them...
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Old 07-24-08, 12:29 AM   #3
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Old 07-24-08, 01:50 AM   #4
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Around 230 hours total.
Have my PPL, Night rating (it's extra in South Africa), and got just past halfway to twin rating (on Piper Aztec).
I learned on a PA38-112 (Tomahawk), and then got conversions on PA28 (Warrior), C172 and C172RG (Cutlass, VP/Retractable).
Have flown in South Africa, Germany, Denmark and the UK.

But that's all many many years ago - I let my license lapse since I couldn't justify the high costs anymore (marriage, family, mortgage etc...)
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Old 07-24-08, 05:32 PM   #6
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I have been flying since about ten, and the strange thing is no one in my family flies or even likes flying. i have my Commercial License with Instrument rating and High performance and Complex signoffs. Lots of Tail wheel time but strangely never got around to getting my signoff. I was about a week away from taking my CFI checkride and ended up not going for it because of the bad state of the industry. Ended up being a good decision, right after i decided to focus on my photography the avaition industry really went down, most of my pilot friends now are jobless or are working for extremely unfair wages. I have Flown everything from ultralights up to Navajos. Most of my time has been in 152s,172s, 182s, cherokees, Archers, and the good old Swift. Also few times a year go play in a pitts and citabria. I am a photographer and have my own photography business so I do some aerial stuff for companys so its kinda nice combining two loves. I also work sundays at an airport I have worked at since I was in high school.

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Old 07-24-08, 05:51 PM   #7
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swift? did I hear swift? that wouldn't be a Globe Swift would it?
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I think Pop is flying his new ultralite home tomorrow. A two place MX.
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I got my private certificate back in 1995, my instrument rating in 1997, and bought a fixed-gear 1978 Cessna 182 in 1999.
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I want to get a PPL eventually. Possibly other certs, but I'm just interested in getting started. Of course, being in college, I won't have the time for a while, nor the money.
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Is mid 30s too old to start getting lessons for a goal of a PPL?
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Is mid 30s too old to start getting lessons for a goal of a PPL?
Oh hell no. Plenty of doctors have killed themselves after learning in their 30's.

Kidding.

You will have no problem learning. It's really not that hard to fly a plane. Learning the rules, regulations, radio protocol, check lists, etc., is the complicated part. The act of flying itself is very straightforward and after you master the basics the rest of your flying life is a matter of honing the man/machine symbiosis, same as riding your bike or driving your car.
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Old 07-24-08, 09:06 PM   #14
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Is mid 30s too old to start getting lessons for a goal of a PPL?
Geez, I hope not. I'm 36, and I start commercial helicopter pilot training in a month and a half.

Can't wait!!
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bought a fixed-gear 1978 Cessna 182 in 1999.
Do you wear skin-tight jeans and a cycling cap while you fly it?
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Do you wear skin-tight jeans and a cycling cap while you fly it?
Track standing one is the real trick.
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Barspins are a no-no, so I hear.
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Barspins are a no-no, so I hear.
Threading traffic up to the stoplight is also frowned upon.
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Yep gold old globe swift. A friend of mine has a spotless swift that he has put a lot of work into. The engine right now is pushing 235HP!!! Ground roll is roughly 200ft on takeoff and then climbs like a homesick angel. One of my top airplanes to fly for sure. Pitts S-2B is also another character builder.
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Is mid 30s too old to start getting lessons for a goal of a PPL?
NO way, thats almost funny. I work at an airport and I would say right now our average PPL trainer age is 50. Just be aware that older you get the learning ability fades a bit so expect a bit more flight time and studying then the typical 18 year old student.
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I have had a ppl since 1988. However, I have not been current for the last 10 years. I have a 10 yr old and an 8yr old, amazing how that works. As much as I love flying it has been a good trade. I may be able to get back into it next year.

Anyone have any close call stories? I would call it a near miss, but to me that is a hit.
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Do you wear skin-tight jeans and a cycling cap while you fly it?
It's a tricycle, so no coolness points there. Maybe some cards on the wheels would help

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Anyone have any close call stories? I would call it a near miss, but to me that is a hit.
I had an in-flight engine failure once. Does that count?
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Anyone have any close call stories? I would call it a near miss, but to me that is a hit.
I have too many stories about people not walking away. I won't tell them in this thread.
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If I ever got serious about flight, I'd spend the cash for a decent simulator, so I can be able to do IFR landings and takeoffs. I had a friend of mine who got so used to IFR, he used that, only glancing outside just to verify the avionic readings.
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