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Old 11-02-2012, 08:14 PM   #91
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Hey mutineer......do like Aunt Bea did on Andy Griffith.....give it a shot and at least solo. That will give you an idea of trying to decide...."yea, that was cool and I want to go further" or "that was cool but I see more dollar signs in my future, I'll stick to bikes."
This. I solo'd and then decided it was just too expensive for little return. Flying a high performance aircraft low and fast would be the bees knees. There was never a chance short of winning the lottery or qualifying for a military gig it was going to happen.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:16 PM   #92
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Time on: C172, C206, C207, C208B, C337, BN2A, Z242L, PA-44-180, PA-31-350, DHC-6 (3 different wheel configs, 2 different Ski configs and CAP floats), and the DC3-T.


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Antarctica

and this:

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Devon Island, Canadian Arctic

a tad of that:

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http://www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/icecap/

and of course:

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Got some videos of me at work on the youtube. Search for 'Refplusten'.

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Refplusten screwed with this post 11-04-2012 at 12:15 PM Reason: uTexas.edu weblinker. Science is cool.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:30 PM   #93
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Badass.

Welcome to the turbowhacker club.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:29 PM   #94
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Learned to fly when I was 10 or 12, soloed on my 16th birthday. Flew crop dusters for my buddy's family business and still helped them out once in a while up until a few years ago. Have managed corporate flight departments around the world and usually have at least two offers continuously on the table. There are plenty of jobs out there these days for qualified individuals.

I have never flown for the airlines, nor had any desire to.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #95
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Every airline that has tried to offer value add service (at a price) has failed. The public complains but when push comes to shove they choose price over service. Virgin America is spending it's way to bankruptcy as the latest example.
That might be true of the past but the airline industry has never been this low. We are in unchartered waters right now.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #96
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RE: "plenty of jobs out there for qualified individuals". Jeez, PM me then! Happy to go abroad again.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:26 AM   #97
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Beautiful. That's more of thread's intention, sans hi-jacks - of which I am guilty of. A Yak, correct? Can the engine sustain inverted flight? For a long time I wanted to take a Pitts or Extra, neither of which I have access to, and fly it on a clear night over where I live (the bay-area) and roll it inverted taking an upside down tour with all the lights and sights. Illegal I guess, but being night, who'd know? Ignorance asks: how difficult would this be to do? Inverted with no real horizon, and an indefinite horizon off the wing tips.
Yes, a Yak-52. Inverted systems (fuel for about 3 minutes), flip it back over and the header tank will fill again then flip back over (repeat as necessary). Wouldn't be difficult with appropriate altitude - would have to keep an eye on the artificial horizon. Extended inverted flight usually makes passengers air sick very quickly.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:35 PM   #98
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Always thought I wanted to get my PPL, but something always got in the way. And when I really thought about it, it never made economic sense. Then I stopped in at the local glider port one day and took a ride.

$35 a tow and a ride can last an hour or more. And you're FLYING the entire time -- not just riding along on auto pilot.

If you want limited point to point try Sport Pilot, but if you just want to fly --

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:48 PM   #99
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Always thought I wanted to get my PPL, but something always got in the way. And when I really thought about it, it never made economic sense. Then I stopped in at the local glider port one day and took a ride.

$35 a tow and a ride can last an hour or more. And you're FLYING the entire time -- not just riding along on auto pilot.

If you want limited point to point try Sport Pilot, but if you just want to fly --

How about motor gliders? seems like a good idea, no tow plane?
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:06 PM   #100
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I like it!! Wikipedia says: In the United States, a private glider pilot certificate allows the pilot to fly unpowered gliders, self-launching motor gliders (including touring motor gliders and gliders with retractable engines or propellers), and sustainer motor gliders. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_glider

Grob 109, pictured here is a good looking glider!

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Old 11-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #101
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Love the high tech yaw indicator. I'll give your feet an A+.

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:39 PM   #102
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Love the high tech yaw indicator. I'll give your feet an A+.
Thanks -- but I can't take credit for that this early in my first flight. I was too busy taking pictures.

I did get it sort of figured out later on

Looking forward to next summer and more stick time
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:12 PM   #103
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Currently part time contract corp King Air. Been CFI, night freighter, air taxi, air ambulance, regional and major airline, skydivers, AK bush, marine mammal survey bering sea. Busted my femur with a hang glider, 20 years pylon racing, advanced competition akro, D license skydiver. Been fun so far-- Interesting flying opportunities considered.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:21 PM   #104
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Gave up GA due to cost...

Discovered RC planes and find it more enjoyable

Telephone poles make for great pylon racing, under the wires of course

One of these days I'll own my first jet
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:54 AM   #105
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Gave up GA due to cost...

Discovered RC planes and find it more enjoyable

Telephone poles make for great pylon racing, under the wires of course

One of these days I'll own my first jet
Lewis Patton can help you with that jet...
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