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Old 10-24-2012, 10:07 AM   #31
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Always wanted to get the ticket but never did because it got so expensive. Every time I just about went to sign up for classes something came up with family or business or financially that kept me from it.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:41 PM   #32
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:31 PM   #33
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Commercial SEL & MEL, instrument ground instructor. Got about 1200 hours total time. Sold my Cessna in 2005 after I decided I enjoyed my motorcycle more. If I ever think I want to start flying again I will find something cheaper...like a crack habit.
There is the old pilot's joke:

Compared to an addiction to aviation, heavy drug use, alcoholism, and gambling is akin to a faint craving for something salty.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:03 PM   #34
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I got my PPL when I was living in the city with the nations biggest training airfield - training & hire was relatively affordable. I totally enjoyed the challenge of learning to fly but you do need to devote a decent amount of time to it. I was doing shift work & didn't have many other demands on my spare time so it wasn't hard to get in plenty of hrs & get in the groove. I would hate to try learning just in the weekends, especially if your local weather is variable & shuts down n00b aviation frequently like it does here.

Then I moved, aircraft hire is much more expensive, I have other expensive hobbies & I haven't been current for while. I don't regret doing my license for a minute though, it was such good fun & seeing much of the country from the controls of a light aircraft was amazing . If I find myself living close enough to a strip with hangarage I would definitely think about getting a microlight & getting back into it. Depending on your environment & needs a microlight/ultralight can be the far better deal for just goofing around in good weather.

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Old 10-24-2012, 03:40 PM   #35
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In the group of PPC pilots I hang out with many are ex-GA pilots and a few are ex-airline pilots. What we do can't be done with any other type of aircraft. We like to get in our truck campers or motor homes and haul the PPCs and trail bikes to different areas for days or weeks at a time. When the weather is good we go fly for a few hours in the smooth morning air then come back to camp for breakfast. Later in the day we go exploring on the trail bikes, often checking out interesting things we spotted from the air. Then back to camp for a few drinks and dinner around the camp fire. When we have explored everything we move on to a new area. It's a really good time.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:49 PM   #36
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After flying Quick silvers and other ultralights as a teenager, had a relapse of the flying bug a few years ago, my wife and I were starting flying school when... she got knocked up. Sidelined that idea.

Fast forward a few years and I'm now thinking of using the balance of my GI Bill getting a "flying degree" at a Part 141 school in order to get a PPL and instrument rating that might be useful in my career and/or a long way towards a "plan B" change of career to commercial aviation.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:34 PM   #37
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:25 AM   #38
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In the group of PPC pilots I hang out with many are ex-GA pilots and a few are ex-airline pilots. What we do can't be done with any other type of aircraft. We like to get in our truck campers or motor homes and haul the PPCs and trail bikes to different areas for days or weeks at a time. When the weather is good we go fly for a few hours in the smooth morning air then come back to camp for breakfast. Later in the day we go exploring on the trail bikes, often checking out interesting things we spotted from the air. Then back to camp for a few drinks and dinner around the camp fire. When we have explored everything we move on to a new area. It's a really good time.
Every time I'm out Jeeping in the Southwest I imagine having a PPC to check out tops of mesas and canyons not seen by road.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:39 AM   #39
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:57 AM   #40
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I'd love to have an ultralight so I could launch from my land and land back there as well. Wouldn't need a PPL then me thinks.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:15 AM   #41
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I'm not a hippie...
But I do have a PPSEL, with high performance, and tail dragger endorsements...
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:29 AM   #42
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In the group of PPC pilots I hang out with many are ex-GA pilots and a few are ex-airline pilots. What we do can't be done with any other type of aircraft. We like to get in our truck campers or motor homes and haul the PPCs and trail bikes to different areas for days or weeks at a time. When the weather is good we go fly for a few hours in the smooth morning air then come back to camp for breakfast. Later in the day we go exploring on the trail bikes, often checking out interesting things we spotted from the air. Then back to camp for a few drinks and dinner around the camp fire. When we have explored everything we move on to a new area. It's a really good time.
That sounds totally awesome.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:45 AM   #43
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:43 PM   #44
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I received my Pvt ticket in 1977. I am checked out in Piper PA 28 Cheokee and variants , Cessna 172, 172rg, 177, 182, TU206, Mooney M20J 201. I no longer fly but keep thinking to pick up another airplane.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:13 PM   #45
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