Any of you hippies got a pilots license?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by mutineer, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. T0mW

    T0mW Been here awhile

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    Commercial Pilot, Airplane Single & Multi-Engine. Used to have instructor license, but let it expire & never pursued it.
    Been about 5 yrs since I have even been up in a plane, about 10 since I have flown any & about 18 since I actually did it for a job.
    Basically same story, got married, had kids, wanted to be home & then the company I was flying part time for switched insurance carriers & I was no longer qualified to sit right seat on a King Air 200 while it was flying charter.
    Since I already had a full time paying job, it didnt bother me too much, and then time and money became an issue.
    My dad still flies every weekend & would be no problem for me to go along, if I were to actually have the time
  2. Old fart

    Old fart Keen AG100 rider

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    Some machinery ready to go, get to sit in one. Bewdy job.
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  3. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Illuminatus!

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  4. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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  5. Dirt Rover

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    They got them from a store named "Going out of business" in California.

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  6. Andy_P

    Andy_P Been here awhile

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    So I am week 2 now. I did 2 hours before starting the official training. Last weekend 1 hour, this weekend 2 hours, and now booked in for 2 hours every sat. I took in what Beemer Bob said, and what the CFI said and opted to do 2 sessions on a weekend. Each session is one hour of ground school, and one hour of flight time. Best I can do at this stage.

    So the plan is to continue the 2 session weekend, and hopefully when I get downtime at work I can pick up some more lessons.

    Tips for a noob are welcome!
  7. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Tip #1: make sure you keep the big fan up front turning. And if you don't believe its a fan, just wait and see how much you sweat when it stops turning.
  8. AdamFL

    AdamFL Been here awhile

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    Fly as much as you can, as often as you can. I soloed at 7 hours and took my checkride at 40.2.
  9. Andy_P

    Andy_P Been here awhile

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    There is no way in hell I will solo at 7 hours! Maybe 27!

    I am booking in as much flight time as I can afford, both time wise and money wise.
  10. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I think I beat you, but I'd have to check my log book. Soloed in 6 hours and PPL at 40 or 41 hours. So your instructor was sick you too?
  11. AdamFL

    AdamFL Been here awhile

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    My instructor was my new father in law. No bs from him. He signed the book and sent me to the examiner. As soon as I got the ppl I loaded up his daughter in the 1965 c172 and flew from Florida to Newport for a wedding. We did spend a few unplanned nights but it was a helluva good time.
  12. AdamFL

    AdamFL Been here awhile

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    Not to be a downer, but aviation takes a lot of time and money. Unless there is a viable need to maintain a plane/currency it doesn't make a great deal of sense for most. I am in the business, and even I have a hard time justifying it. I sold my airplane some time ago, but am interested in the ultralight/ grass strip kind of thing. Seems like the advrider of aviation. General aviation in the US is on the outs, especially the average owner flown bug smasher.
  13. Beemer Bob

    Beemer Bob Long timer

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    Good luck and don't get discouraged. I exercised my privileges as a PP yesterday and flew to New Philadelphia, OH for the Ohio Bush Planes flyin.....I took my Tcraft and would/could out perform 90% of the big tired crowd there.
    The threat of rain shortened our stay but we had a good time.
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  14. PunkinHead

    PunkinHead Moobless Adventurer

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    I'm jealous that you were far enough east to avoid the storms. My wife and I returned a car to my in-laws yesterday. We met in Cambridge, OH (in-laws were driving from Steubenville). The original plan was for me to fly to Zainesville in the Cub and my wife and I would fly back after she dropped off the car. Woke up to thunderstorms. Sure, it was faster to drive than to fly the Cub, but not near as fun.
  15. Beemer Bob

    Beemer Bob Long timer

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    Storms hit New Philly around 3 o'clock. We had already landed at my home field by then (55I). Haze very bad but we had at least 3 mile visibility......Lots of Cubs at PHD.....4 Tcraft.....
  16. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Also look into experimental planes. Vast array of cool stuff available and lots of fun people doing it. :deal
  17. AdamFL

    AdamFL Been here awhile

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    Yep. Know that side as well. Might be the way to go in the future. Still a decent Vans/lanceair that is worth having is pretty good coin.
  18. Andy_P

    Andy_P Been here awhile

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    Started circuits today. 10knot crosswinds gusting 15. Plenty of thermals. Great day for a first timer! Instructor seemed pretty impressed given the conditions. I was nervous going into it, but ends up far to busy to even think about nerves.

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  19. KHJPHOTO

    KHJPHOTO Old Man and the Road

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    Yes.

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    Just as a side bar: Had my license "student permit" at 15. Way back then there were no restrictions -
    Flew everywhere out of Whitman Airport and Van Nuys. No TSA's Those were the days!

    Here is a giggle learned to fly at COFFIN AIR SERVCE. Back in the old days you had to do spins to get
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  20. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    That's what got me over the twinge of air sickness I had in the beginning. I was too busy to think about it.