OT- Any pilots in Denver?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Bad Wolf, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. youngan

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    I’m up for a meetup, if you all can wait a few days. I’m unavailable until at least early next week. I would personally prefer someplace further north (there’s a restaurant at Rocky Mountain Metro; Jeffco to us old guys) but I would come down to Centennial if that is the consensus.
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  2. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Following my front fender

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    I’d do the Perfect Landing, it’s been awhile.
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  3. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Ok, lets do this. I'm thinking Perfect Landing at APA. Breakfast, or lunch. Dinner is great, but too pricey for this. I'm retired, so probably most flexible. Would be nice to accommodate everyone the best we can. I know some have to work. :becca There's that four letter word again. I'm in town all next week, probably not Friday though. I can't make it Saturday either. Trying to not make this too complicated. So how about early next week, lunch, say 11:00 ish.
    If I know how many I will give them a heads up. Does Tuesday work for everybody?
    Better day?
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  4. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Sounds good. I might even go from there to Aspen to put in some time.
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  5. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Kids are back to school next week, so it could work for me. However, I'm on reserve that day. It'll be a haul coming from Loveland, but weather might be nice enough to bring the bike. If I don't get called up, I'll be there.
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  6. D_F

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    I'm on a contract through the 15th, but I'd enjoy meeting some other riding flyers. I will bump this again at some point a little later and see if it was enough fun for folks to want to do it again? I'm on the west side too so have to be a decent weather day.
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  7. swimmer

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    My stepfather was an ATC at Centennial for a number of years before moving to Stapleton and later retiring from DIA as the senior controller.
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  8. CROSSBOLT

    CROSSBOLT Been here awhile

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    I started at 34 after listening to many guys say, " Yeah, always wanted to do that. Now I'm too old..." Well, that was it for me! I am glad I did it, when I did it and quit doing it when the time was right. No regrets. You listen to all these experienced flyers and take heed of the pieces and parts of their experience that apply to you. Keep in mind there is a difference between a pilot and an Aviator. Do not fail to give credit to the One who gave you the skills and you should do well.
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  9. Butta

    Butta Been here awhile

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    I flew in the Navy, S-3's, carrier based. 276 traps, all turbine time. When I got out, I flew for Flight Options (was second in size to Net Jets at the time). Pay was horrendous. Then the economy tumbled and because aviation is so union based, I was laid off first. It was tough, can't raise a family on what aviation jobs I could have gotten at the time, so I looked elsewhere. Now I'm in the oil field as a Directional Driller (flying instruments for a sub-surface object instead of stratospheric object). Best money I've made, easy job, lots of hours but also long stretches of home time to enjoy it. No way would I take the pay cut required to go back to aviation, and I'm 46.
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  10. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    My $0.01 on this. I too am fascinated with flying. I don't know why but my parents offered to get me flying lessons when I was 15 or 16 but I wasn't too interested then. :baldy Was too busy with motorcycles I guess, working at a Honda dealership assembling new bikes. That was a cool time (mid 70's) to put the new bikes together and take them for a spin before they went to the showroom floor. Ok, back to the topic. Fast forward another 12 years and at 27 I decided to get my private license. I had a decent job with a company car selling medical supplies which interested me and offered a LOT of freedom. (no office to report to and a very laid back boss) I had been flying on a Microsoft Flight Simulator program for about 4 years (was selling computers, prior to the medical job, and tried to sell one to the local FBO for training and they laughed me outta the hangar!) and I also had been building and flying RC model balsa wood planes. I LOVED "flying" based on those experiences so I decided to go down the path your are considering.

    So I started the private lessons and went once a week while maintaining my medical sales job. Flew solo at 6 hours (hate mail expected) but I attributed it to understanding some of the dynamics of flying the RC planes, not the easy to fly drones of today that everyone is ranting about. I went along for about 1.5 years gaining hours, getting my license and all the while asking my flight instructors all about flying private, corporate, regionals etc. I was making some pretty decent money at my job, had TONS of freedom, and liked it so in the end I didn't pursue it because the sacrifices (had my first child during this time) I felt were going to be too great to give up what I had going and "step down" in a sense to earn my hours, pay my dues (Christmas eve in Minot, crappy weather, flight instructor to earn hours, $11k a year for Great Planes Regional pilots at the time), etc to get the better paying jobs. That and it was the late 80's and that was the time of the glut of pilots and it looked like I would be about 40 before I'd get to a major airline. So for me even though I loved/love flying, I didn't go for it at all costs like some on here have referred to.

    Today I am still in medical sales and still like it and still have TONS of freedom. It's like owning my own business and calling my own shots. I have done well (not as well as Norm & Hondo judging by their toys vs mine :amazon) and I do wonder (often) what if I'd have been like to be a pilot. I think I would've enjoyed it and probably seen a lot more of the world than I have. However with my job I have been all over the US and a few European countries where I toured my company's factories. I have met tons of people and worked/work with people from all over the world. So in the end, I guess the path I chose I consider to be somewhat equal. I fly about 100 segments a year today for work and still love some of the sights and weather and sunsets and stars I get to see from riding in back. I still talk to those in the industry about their lives and jobs. I live under the flight path at Centennial airport and always look up at the planes that fly over and wonder, "who, what where" they have been.

    The summary is, you won't know until you try, like me. Go for it, try it, stick with it or not. Either way in the end you likely won't have any regrets.
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  11. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Lots of good feedback on this thread. I appreciate it everyone. Can't wait for the lunch time. My instructor was booked this weekend, so probably will do a flight after lunch.
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  12. youngan

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    Tuesday is out for me. I have a one-hour scenic flight to do at 11:00, then the Boulder airport (where I’m based) is closed at noon for the rest of the day.
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  13. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Following my front fender

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    So we talking 11am on the 8th?
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  14. flybigjet

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    Out as well-- flying one and two-day trips all next week.

    On the plus side, PVR is nice this time of year.
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  15. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Yes. 11:00 AM on Tuesday January 8th. Perfect Landing @ APA I wish we could accommodate everyone's schedule.

    As for "why not Minot" I have spent Christmas and New Years there. I think a Thanksgiving as well. And Yes PVR is nice this time of year. sorry for those who can't make it. Maybe another time. If your in Aviation, you understand. SOP and all that.
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  16. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) He’s my President! Supporter

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    [QUOTE="oldmanb777, post: 36681890, member: 42901" One of my few regrets is, that we never flew together. Really, that would have been a great trip. [/QUO

    :lol3 oldbman777 & Hondo on a flight together, As they land in Moab the passengers hear "Ladies and Gentlemen this is the Captain speaking, we will have a three hour delay as the flight crew checks out Poison Spider Mesa to be sure it is safe to fly over" As they look out the window and see Hondo offloading dirt bikes from the cargo hold.
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  17. youngan

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    Speaking of off-loading dirt bikes, the OP mentioned a fantasy world where he would own a Very Light Jet, and carry a motorcycle and perhaps a Jeep around. While a VLJ won’t do even the motorcycle, I’ve often fantasized about doing something similar with one of the planes I fly for work, a turbine Otter. You could easily put four to six bikes in the Otter, or two bikes with room for a kick-ass flying camper set-up. Unfortunately, used ones go for over $1,000,000, and they burn 50 gallons an hour of jet fuel, so I won’t be doing that anytime soon.

    I have, however, carried an XR250 in my Maule, and that’s a quite reasonable plane to own:


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    Everything you see in the image below Was in the plane, along with the rest of the bike.

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  18. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    I was thinking more of a C-119C.

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  19. youngan

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    That would indeed be awesome! I’ve done some “backcountry” camping out of LC-130s, when I worked in Antarctica. This isn’t exactly a Jeep, but it’s more or less the Antarctic equivalent.


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  20. jimco

    jimco Been here awhile

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    I won't be able to make it Tuesday. Jury duty.
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