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Old 08-07-2006, 10:02 AM   #43
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My turn

I never got my licence but I did get to my solo, the Cessna 150
I have like 23 hours so far. I had to quit my lessons after I switched jobs and took a big pay cut. I should go back to the lessons as I make alot more than I did now. I also love British sports cars, Triumph Spitfires are my favorite. I always wanted a Jaguaur XKE but never could afford that one. To me the Spitfire was the closest looking, most affordable one that looked like a Jag. My first car was a 1968 Spitfire MKIII, I have always had a Spitfire in one form or another, got 3 right now, 1965 X 2, and a 1976 1500.

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Old 08-07-2006, 12:43 PM   #44
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I forgot to mention, one week after I soloed another student took the plane I used and tried to do some aerobatics in it. This was a Cessna 150 mind you! He crashed the plane right next to interstate I-85 and killed himself!
My wife took pictures of me soloing, it was prolly the last photos of that plane. Really a sad thing.

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Old 08-07-2006, 03:47 PM   #45
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Airplanes attracted me to airstreams, too.

I purchased and restored a 1963 Beechcraft Musketeer in 1995. Flew it about 400 hours, but found that the restoration was more fun than the flying. I thought about buying a second airplane project, but common sense luckily prevailed. All of the aluminun and rivets seemed similar, so I bought a 1973 Tradewind, restored it, sold it and now am restoring a 1989 Excella 25'. I'm thinking about building one of the Sport Pilot certified kits. Never was higher than 11,000 MSL or 175 knots, but flying is fun. Airstreams, however, are much cheaper and easier!
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Old 08-07-2006, 07:54 PM   #46
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Originally Posted by GlenCoombe
This will be the place to identify yourself as a past, present...or wannabe pilot........Tell us your flying story.
Commercial, CFII, MEI with about 2900 hours and 1900 hours dual given in puddle jumpers. Taught way more than I thought would be necessary in Pipers: Tomahawks, Archers, Arrows and a Seminole. I really loved teaching, especially the spanking new students but I also liked being "in the scud". Sadly there was no way I could make a living at it. I finally got my break as a co-pilot on a corporate King Air for $50/day (Thought I'd finally made it). As work began to dry up there I had a fleeting chance with a company flying King Airs and Lear Jets, but the stars weren't aligned and I had to turn down spur-of-the-moment flights once too times. I left aviation 10 years ago (when my first son was born) for a 9-5 job with a salary and health benefits. I've been installing art museum exhibits ever since. I just renewed my CFI but haven't even left the ground in 4 years. Who can afford to rent these days? $140/hour locally for a Skyhawk! Plus they want you to be self-insured.

I haven’t felt quite right stuck on the ground. The only way I can cope is to consider it a temporary condition. Someday I'll get back into it. Perhaps when my boys get older and if the local schools pick up business again I’ll start to teach evenings and weekends.

My favorite instructors were rustic old timers. My first instructor, the one that soloed me, was an aerobatic pilot (who died later doing an inverted loop). I had a multi-engine instructor who was a Tuskegee Airmen. Both those guys were ornery old coots but I dearly treasure those times in my logbook.

I’ve had a few helicopter lessons that were outrageous fun but the most amazing times aloft were those spent hang gliding. If you need a double shot of flying adrenalin I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that.

Hey, any of you guys thinking of replacing your Airstream rivets with flush ones?

Best wishes,

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Old 08-07-2006, 09:57 PM   #47
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Well, I finally got my BFR yesterday. Instructor was actually impressed given the fact that I hadn't flown in 22 months. Pretty good crosswinds made it interesting. Now I just have to go burn some holes in the sky which I actually hate. I like to be going somewhere. Nothing planned until Sept.
Rambling. Going to bed.

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Old 08-17-2006, 07:28 AM   #48
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Ran across this today

Photo taken at Tyndall of our reunion in 2002 with a "Dog" behind us. This is what a bunch af aging fighter pilots (and a few young wives) look after 50 years. The plane is painted to protect it from corrosion from the salt air.

The guy standing 5th from left was one of the longest held POWs in Viet Nam. I'm kneeling 3rd from right. Fellow in blue near center with cane was crippled in a crash in the early 50s but makes every reunion.
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Old 08-17-2006, 09:46 AM   #49
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I love to collect books about flight, the old ww11 fighters and bombers, have been to a lot of flight museums.

My only experience in flying was when I flew from Mather AFB north over the Coast to a tiny Little River Airport in Mendocino Couonty in a Piper Seneca along with my husband and a navy pilot friend of ours who let me do some yawing and banking and was cool!
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Old 08-20-2006, 08:23 PM   #50
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My last hurrah! Well, maybe not the last...........
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Old 08-20-2006, 11:08 PM   #51
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:46 AM   #52
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The final year that I owned my Twin Comanche the insurance rose from $1500/year to $3600/year with no accidents/incidents. At 100 hours/year (a lot) that comes to $36/hour just for the insurance. Today it would cost $4/gal X 17 gph = $68/hour for fuel! I earn much more now than I did when I started flying 29 years ago, but I am even less able to afford it I sold the plane before the insurance bill was due.
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Old 08-21-2006, 07:35 AM   #53
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Originally Posted by dmac
...I earn much more now than I did when I started flying 29 years ago, but I am even less able to afford it...
yep. alot of that going around. When I was in high school, it was easier to come up w/ the gas money to fly than it is now. 7AC Champ, 4 gal./hr., ~$1/gal. auto-gas! (dad's no "ownership" costs...don't think it cost him all that much more to have me flying it, really. more insurance for a low-time pilot, but not that much).
now? fughettaboutit....
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Old 12-25-2006, 07:03 AM   #54
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'Twas the night before Christmas, Aviation Style

clipped from Avweb this morning for your enjoyment.

Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,
Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.
The aircraft were fastened to tiedowns with care,
In hopes that come morning, they all would be there.
The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,
With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots.
I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up,
And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.
When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter,
I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter.
A voice clearly heard over static and snow,
Called for clearance to land at the airport below.
He barked his transmission so lively and quick,
I'd have sworn that the call sign he used was "St. Nick".
I ran to the panel to turn up the lights,
The better to welcome this magical flight.
He called his position, no room for denial,
"St. Nicholas One, turnin' left onto final."
And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer!
With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came,
As he passed all fixes, he called them by name:
"Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun!
On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'?
While controllers were sittin', and scratchin' their head,
They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread,
The message they left was both urgent and dour:
"When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower."
He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking,
Then I heard "Left at Charlie," and "Taxi to parking."
He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh
And stopped on the ramp with a "Ho, ho-ho-ho..."
He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk,
I ran out to meet him with my best set of chocks.
His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost
And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer exhaust.
His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale,
And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale.
His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly,
His boots were as black as a cropduster's belly.
He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red,
And he asked me to "fill it, with hundred low-lead."
He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump,
I knew he was anxious for drainin' the sump.
I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk.
He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief,
Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief.
And I thought as he silently scribed in his log,
These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog.
He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear,
Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, "Clear!"
And laying a finger on his push-to-talk,
He called up the tower for clearance and squawk.
"Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction,
Turn right three-two-zero at pilot's discretion"
He sped down the runway, the best of the best,
"Your traffic's a Grumman, inbound from the west."
Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed through the night,
"Merry Christmas to all! I have traffic in sight." Author unknown
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Old 12-25-2006, 08:16 AM   #55
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I'll chime in. Started flying at 17, Private PL at 17, I then entered the Navy as a SAR Rescue Swimmer. While in the Navy I completed my comercial, instrument, multi-engine, CFI and CFII. After the Navy became I became a full-time flight instructor. I then earned my ATP. All of this was paid out of my own pocket but with the Navy Flying Club benefits. I then flew corporate then years in regional airlines, government aircraft and am now an MD80 Captain for a very popular airline in the news alot these days. I have been with my airline for 10 years. I have somewhere between 11000 and 12000 hours. I have not kept my big logbook up to date (although I have flt records) since I have decided this airline was to be my home. I love my airstream (2003 22SS) and the ground level travel. I attend Oshkosh and catch up with buddies. I will someday own my own aircraft. I also pick the banjo and have my own bluegrass band. .The airstream has attended some bluegrass festivals this last year and will hit many more next season.
Merry Christmas, James

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Old 12-25-2006, 11:23 AM   #56
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This about sums it up for me!

My AS and my Scale replica P-51, retractable gear even.Just sold it now working on my Rans S-7.
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