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Old 07-12-2007, 08:03 PM   #71
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Dan, nice Deb.! How many hours, AF/SMOH? Vintage panel or updated?

I'm on my way to Alaska on the 9th of August and am planning a BFR and some time in a C172RG (Cutlas). Time to get back in the saddle.

Hope you're enjoying your new tin.

I just told the owner of the company I am National Sales Manager for that I want a Mooney 231 for a company car.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:23 PM   #72
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Between college & starting a family I flew sailplanes & a little SEL. Owned a Schweizer 1-26 for a couple years, but sold it around the time our oldest turned two.

Did a couple of contests with it, including the 1992 1-26 nationals.

Of the airplanes I've been able to have my hands on the stick, including a 450 Stearman, a Monocoupe, an assortment of Cubs, Champs, Citabrias, as well as "the usual suspects," the 1-26 is by far my favorite.


I found out last weekend that the instructor who signed my first glider entry passed away. He was 93, and had a license signed by one of the Wright brothers. RIP Alcide.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:07 PM   #73
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Guess I'll chime in too. First, let me express to all of you heavy-iron military guys, THANKS from the rest of us. We do what we do in no small measure because you did what you did! You're all heros to the rest of us!

As for flying passions... Where are all of the guys flying composites? I have been flying for about 14 years and have 800+ hours. With very little exception it is all in singles PA28,C172,C182... but the vast majority of my time is in Cirrus. I actually work there and truely love what I do. It is an amazing company. I often have the chance to fly for work and can hardly believe how cool it is to jump in a new plane and blast to a meeting... And to be getting paid to do it is just about the greatest gift one could hope for.

I think it's actually honorable to love both rivets and composites... isn't it? At least as long as hte composites are on an aircraft???

Seeing the many posts of all of you guys... I would certainly welcome any of you to drop by and visit us in the frozen Tundra (Duluth, MN) anytime you're in hte neighborhood. Its a really cool tour if you love aircraft as much as it appears we all do. We'd be honored to host any of you...

I had always assumed many of us shared this passion, just never thought to look for a thread to this effect! Thanks for sharing...

On a slightly more depressing note... Had a tree fall on my one-year-old Bambi this week. Big winds up here - did a job on my unit. I have been in touch with Jackson Ctr and have inquired about them handling the repiar... Any of you guys have any experience with the home field guys repairing body work??? Hmmm. Hoping for returning it to a like-new condition (or very close) as it is a newer rig.
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:12 AM   #74
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what do you do for Cirrus??

looks like we need an "envy" smiley. guess I'll just use this one, being green with it...
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:00 PM   #75
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Dan, nice Deb.! How many hours, AF/SMOH? Vintage panel or updated?
It has about 4800 TT and 1200 SMOH. The panel is old-style, but with new electronics - Garmin 430 GPS driving a King KCS-55a HSI and STEC-50 Autopilot, KX-155 Nav/Com w/GS, etc.

I loved my old Bonanza... the only thing I disliked about the design was the Bonanza tail wag. The Deb does not have that problem... flies straight and solid. I have always been impressed by Beech 33/35/36 gear doors - they fit so well that you would have difficulty sliding a business card in the gaps once retracted - very clean. Bonanza's are amazing aircraft, remembering they were designed around 1946 and had mostly minor changes over the decades.
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Old 08-02-2007, 05:40 AM   #76
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As an update for all of this group who are out of medical or not current...

I'm the proud holder of a renewed Class III medical! And I'm on my way to Anchorage Alaska next week on vacation.

While in AK I'll be having a BFR and complex check ride. The plan is to fly a 172RG Cutlas (a.k.a. Gutless) for the duration.

Wish me well as I climb back into the saddle folks.

I'm so excited.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:14 PM   #77
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I'm Current!!!

Well folks I did it... I'm current again. Flew Friday for a bit after some ground refresher and surprised both myself and the young instructor. I can still do this.

The old skills where a bit rusty but I made the grade and flew the C-172RG fairly well. All the old stuff like stalls and slow flight are more fun than I remembered. Take Flight Alaska at Merrill Field (MRI) was great to work with.

On Monday we returned from Seward and I once again had the opportunity to fly with another instructor who will never fly with me again.... Each of these young guys are off to fly either freight or charter.

Monday I did the full BFR ground review and then it was off to the practice area to show my skills.

All landings where to the instructors satisfaction and he was happy to sign me off as a newly reuped flyer.

So now I'm off on a new quest to improve my skills and start using local rental aircraft in Sumter to further my travel needs as required... If you go way, way back in this thread you'll see that I've never flown as a hobby. It has to be justified as a means to an end.

But what the heck I'm thrilled that I passed. Now my new total time is 2.4 hours and 8 takeoff and landings. Lots of work left to do but I'm happy with the various compliments paid by both instructors and am committed to my old wisdom of the license being a ticket to learn.

Edit: I'm actually only current for daylight as I can't find any darkness. You know it stays light up here until after my bedtime? It's still light out at 10:00pm!!
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:32 PM   #78
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But the most "fun" flying I've ever done was rotorcraft. I'd still like to fly nothing else if someone else paid the bills.
I'm with you all the way Glen!
remember there are 2 types of aircraft- fighters and targets, unfortunately a chopper is not a fighter, but then again I've never seen a fighter rescue a downed pilot either.

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Well folks I did it... I'm current again. Flew Friday for a bit after some ground refresher and surprised both myself and the young instructor. I can still do this.

The old skills where a bit rusty but I made the grade and flew the C-172RG fairly well. All the old stuff like stalls and slow flight are more fun than I remembered. Take Flight Alaska at Merrill Field (MRI) was great to work with.

On Monday we returned from Seward and I once again had the opportunity to fly with another instructor who will never fly with me again.... Each of these young guys are off to fly either freight or charter.

Monday I did the full BFR ground review and then it was off to the practice area to show my skills.

All landings where to the instructors satisfaction and he was happy to sign me off as a newly reuped flyer.

So now I'm off on a new quest to improve my skills and start using local rental aircraft in Sumter to further my travel needs as required... If you go way, way back in this thread you'll see that I've never flown as a hobby. It has to be justified as a means to an end.

But what the heck I'm thrilled that I passed. Now my new total time is 2.4 hours and 8 takeoff and landings. Lots of work left to do but I'm happy with the various compliments paid by both instructors and am committed to my old wisdom of the license being a ticket to learn.

Edit: I'm actually only current for daylight as I can't find any darkness. You know it stays light up here until after my bedtime? It's still light out at 10:00pm!!
Congrats Glenn, now maybe they'll let you up in one of these:
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Hey doorgunner, you will get a kick out of these guys (maybe your familiar with them already?). Zoom in on the pic of their HQ.see the 8 shiny tubes?

http://www.skygypsies.com/places.html

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Bill; I been on one of those things! There's a guy out here that instructs in them things. We call him "Swingset", if you fly one of those things you'll know why.lol. Look like Airstream collectors!
Rick; You lucky dogs. I can only imagine a cat launch.ho ho ho.
I met a young USMC Capt in the Key West BX last week, a F-18 throttle jockey with a broken plane. Had to land there and "bribe" the squids to fix his fighter. Some things never change!
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This was one of my favorite send offs. What a way to spend the holidays, in the air and the sea.
hmmm....aren't you supposed to be looking out the front at this point in the operation??

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