OT- Any pilots in Denver?

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

  1. oldmanb777

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

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    Some years ago there was a company converting helicopters to flying campers. Almost looked like a VW bus camper inside.
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  2. cloudcamper

    cloudcamper Adventurer

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    You guys should be going to the EAA meetings - mostly older guys building experimental airplanes but fun programs every month on flying trips to Africa, warbird restoration, antique aircraft, ultralights, aviation history, weather flying, flyins, airshows, flyouts to Oshkosh, safety seminars, and Young Eagles flights for kids (free), even aviation scholarships. Recently added introductory flights for adults!

    There are several orgs around Denver, EAA43 is a very good one based at Metro airport (Broomfield). Next meeting is Sat Feb 9 7:00pm.

    Aircraft ownership or pilots license not required - just an interest in aviation!

    https://www.eaa43.org

    https://m.facebook.com/EAA43/community
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  3. oldmanb777

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

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    Winnebago camper
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  4. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Following my front fender

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    I have often fantasized that the perfect ADV airplane would be the Cessna Caravan. Got some time in them many years ago, but that thing could be easily configured just by juggling seats around to carry about 4 pax, 3 or 4 dirt bikes, and camping gear. If I won the lottery I think I’d be looking at those.
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  5. oldmanb777

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

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    If I won the lottery, to hell with camping, I would camp in the hanger, right next to the Staggerwing.
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  6. Bad Wolf

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    I will be there! Then I am going to stroll over to Aspen for some time.
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    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Haven't been called up yet for RSV.

    In.
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  8. radrak

    radrak not so n00b

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    Norm, are you doing to buy one of those flying Winnebagos?

    With an 8,000' ceiling, it won't even make it over here to the western slope
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Not buying a Winnebago even one with a rotor on top.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    IN...…………..Tomorrow 11:00 AM @ the Perfect landing Restaurant Centennial airport.
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  11. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Following my front fender

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    I’ll be there!
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    I won’t be able to make it (two flights on the books now for tomorrow morning). Sorry to miss out meeting up with you all.

    On January 16th, I am giving a presentation on Alaska off-field operations at the Boulder EAA meeting. If anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll post more details.
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    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Just got called up. I'm out.
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  14. flybigjet

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    ....... aaaaaaand that's an excellent example of the glamour that is the airline/aviation industry!

    (Just something that they sort of gloss over in the brochure).

    On the plus side, it's early enough in the month you might be able to break Guarantee?
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  15. oldmanb777

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

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    "just called up" Hope all that glory does your bank account well. We'll miss you, but somebody has to hold the sky up from falling.
    So looks like maybe 5 of us. See you tomorrow. I may ride the AT, should be warm enough. I need to stop at Performance on the way home.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Well said! The world just doesn't get it, but we are all over paid and under worked...…………………………...:confused
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    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    It's all good.
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  18. Rogue_Ryder

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    I'm NOT a commercial pilot, but I do hold a Private Certificate. Before you get eager to switch careers go get your feet wet and get to your first solo. From what I've seen Aspen looks like a great club with good prices (no clue on the quality of the flight school). If you're really serious about going from 0 time to Commercial Pilot, you might want to consider doing a FAA Part 141 flight instruction program. The 141 instruction is more structured than your typical FBO Part 61 flight school and the hour requirements under part 141 are lower. https://www.flyingmag.com/pilot-technique/new-pilots/flight-school-part-61-or-part-141 There are (were?) some flight schools out there that you can actually go from 0 time to your certificate in a couple weeks (just take a vacation from your Job and then go fly like it's your job while on vacation). Looks like for $13K you can do it in Boulder: https://www.afit-info.com/course/14-day-private-pilot-course/

    Another suggestion I have is if you're going to do the part 61 training, do it at the smallest airport you can. Flying out of a big airport with big runways and a tower you spend a lot of time dicking around with taxiing long distances and potentially getting vectored around by ATC. This wastes your time with the prop turning on the ground or flying circles in the air and not accomplishing anything which cost you money. I'm speaking from experience as I wasted many hours flying out a of towered airport when I was doing my PP.

    My advice to you during your training is to get a 141 flight school syllabus and fly the lessons on the flight sim (Microsoft FS X, Xplane, Prepar3d etc.) before you fly the aircraft (get the yoke, rudder & throttle controls for your PC). This will minimize the hours you're spending in the air and save you money. You'll nail the maneuvers within standards faster because you already practiced it on the sim e.g. Stalls, Turns etc. the sim is especially helpful in learning VORs & ADF/NDBs

    Here's some Student Pilot Resorces:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/ERAUSpecialVFR/videos?sort=dd&shelf_id=1&view=0 (I paid a lot of money for this instruction and now it's free on YouTube!)
    Get the Gleim Private Pilot Guide to study for the Written:
    https://www.gleimaviation.com/pilot-training/private-pilot/
    https://www.amazon.com/Gleim-Private-Pilot-Knowledge-Test/dp/1618541277
    Get this Text Book:
    https://pilotshq.com/jeppesen-priva...7SXyuawudclk70kx2XX4uYYRVIxvawNsaAheDEALw_wcB

    I haven't read all the replies, but I can tell you it's a LONG expensive road to go from 0 time to ATP and get a Job that will pay the bills (I've seen people spend well over 6 figures to get their ATP). I went to the largest flight school in the US back in 1998 and after a year I switched tracks from flying over to Engineering and it's been the best decision I've made in my life. Many of my friends stuck with flying and it took them ages (like a decade) to get out of the regionals making shit pay and land a job with a Major Airline making slightly better pay (it takes a long time to get into the Captain's seat a Major). The guys I graduated school with that IMHO have the most successful flying careers are in the Military either as active duty or reserve (but that's a moot point as you're age is over the max enlistment age). Some of the Jobs guys were landing out of school paid barely over minimum wage flying right seat in a CRJ back then (not sure what the pay is today) and you had to have somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500 hours to get that right seat job (at the time, minimums varies from airline to airline and pilot demand). One guy I knew was making just $6/hr flying at Comair in 2003! Not to mention all the airline jobs are Union and your schedule is based on seniority. So new guys get the short end of the stick on routes and schedules. You might even be "on call" and it's not uncommon to have to commute across the country (you live in Denver but for the next 6 months your flying a PVD to EWR route).

    Also keep in mind that there is a mandatory retirement age of 65 for part 121 operations and you must hold a first class medical to fly anything over 12,500# as PIC. The 1st class medical may or may not be an issue now but as you age passing could get tougher. Many commercial pilots have had careers cut short due to medical issues. You won't need a first class if you were flying something like a Beech 200 for a 135 and age doesn't matter in that realm.
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    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Good times today! That air ambulance was really calling to me.

    Also need to go visit the school at Metro State, possibility for a fast track program there.
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  20. AviatorTroy

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    Was great to meet you guys today, would love to go for a ride some time as well.

    Sorry I had a total brain fart earlier but Boutique Air was the one I was trying to remember that flies PC12s regionally around here. I think they mostly do essential air service routes
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