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Nov 03, 2016 21:41 |  #1

PPL, working on my IR. :)

How about you guys?


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Nov 04, 2016 01:14 |  #2

quadwing wrote in post #18175277 (external link)
PPL, working on my IR. :)

How about you guys?

Accountant who wishes he was a pilot! Nothing mundane though, fighter jets, or on the commercial side, Concorde (sad when she was grounded for good).


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Nov 06, 2016 16:09 |  #3

licensed about 10 years ago...

have 0 time since then. $140-ish an hour is about what i take home for 8 hours...

cant write it off, cant afford to just punch holes in the sky...

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Nov 06, 2016 17:19 |  #4

Private ASEL, ASES, Complex, High Performance, and Tailwheel. I also have some time in gliders (4 hrs ), gyrplanes (2 hrs), and helicopters (10 hrs). Only around 200 hours total time at this point and haven't been current in years. Currently looking to try my hand at building an experimental plane. I have the materials to build a couple wing ribs and a mock 1 ft long wing spar over thanksgiving.

If you just fly for fun, I can't recommend seaplanes or gyroplanes enough. They're both a blast!

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Accountant who wishes he was a pilot! Nothing mundane though, fighter jets, or on the commercial side, Concorde (sad when she was grounded for good).

Go for it. You have to start somewhere, may as well do your initial training in a C-152. Then work your way up to the exciting stuff. BD-5, Subsonx (http://www.sonexaircra​ft.com/subsonex/) (external link), Questair Venture, 1/3 scale B-17 (https://www.facebook.c​om/BallyBomber/) (external link), cri-cri. There's lots out there to choose from that is relatively accessible, if you want it enough. Then again, you may just find somewhere along the way that what you really like is low and slow. Then you can look into the J-3, Aeronca Champ, Flybaby, Minimax, etc. Or if you really want a challenge, try helicopters.

There's something for everyone in aviation, you just have to take that first step.


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Nov 06, 2016 21:08 as a reply to Ltdave's post |  #5

:( Any plans on making that a commercial deal Ltdave?


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Nov 08, 2016 15:57 |  #6

quadwing wrote in post #18177782 (external link)
:( Any plans on making that a commercial deal Ltdave?

huh?

i cant afford to fly and ive got a great job! not sure how others can do it even if they have their own plane...

id need an instrument rating to take advantage of a commercial ticket...

i really wish i was retired and independently wealthy...




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Nov 08, 2016 16:46 |  #7

Very cool - finish that IR. No point in being a fair weather pilot!

I have my SEL, MEL, Instrument and complex endorsement. I took my commercial written and passed, needed 50 more hours to take my commercial flight test and ran out of money. This was back in 2003. All of my instructors were quitting, no jobs in sight, pay was next to nothing. I ended up quitting and haven't flown since.

I really wish I'd had the money to keep going. I'll forever wish I had. However it was a ton of fun and I'll never regret getting as far as I did.

Good luck to you!

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Nov 08, 2016 18:22 |  #8

scobols wrote in post #18179548 (external link)
Very cool - finish that IR. No point in being a fair weather pilot!...Scott

Totally agree, just for safety reasons. Even someone who has no intention now of flying in IFR conditions, may find themselves for one reason or another in cloud or pitch dark some day.




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Nov 08, 2016 18:31 |  #9

teekay wrote in post #18179648 (external link)
Totally agree, just for safety reasons. Even someone who has no intention now of flying in IFR conditions, may find themselves for one reason or another in cloud or pitch dark some day.

But if you don't maintain your IFR currency, I would contest that you're may be more dangerous than a VFR pilot that knows they should stay on the ground.

No interest in IFR here. I'll take just flying on nice clear mornings/evenings when there are no storms around. I fly for fun and relaxation, not to get from point A to point B. If the weather is even marginally iffy, I'd rather stay on the ground.


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Nov 08, 2016 18:40 |  #10

s1a1om wrote in post #18179656 (external link)
But if you don't maintain your IFR currency, I would contest that you're may be more dangerous than a VFR pilot that knows they should stay on the ground.

No interest in IFR here. I'll take just flying on nice clear mornings/evenings when there are no storms around. I fly for fun and relaxation, not to get from point A to point B. If the weather is even marginally iffy, I'd rather stay on the ground.

I hope you are lucky and never find yourself unexpectedly above or in cloud, or the need in some emergency to fly after dark. It happens.




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Nov 08, 2016 18:46 |  #11

This is a photography forum, right?
Wheres the photos?


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Nov 08, 2016 20:09 |  #12

scobols wrote in post #18179548 (external link)
Very cool - finish that IR. No point in being a fair weather pilot!

I have my SEL, MEL, Instrument and complex endorsement. I took my commercial written and passed, needed 50 more hours to take my commercial flight test and ran out of money. This was back in 2003. All of my instructors were quitting, no jobs in sight, pay was next to nothing. I ended up quitting and haven't flown since.

I really wish I'd had the money to keep going. I'll forever wish I had. However it was a ton of fun and I'll never regret getting as far as I did.

Good luck to you!

Scott

I'm working on it, but ran out of money. Hopefully next semester I can take out another loan to finish it up. I'd like to get my commercial after that, but man, 250 total time is just really rough to pull, especially cranking out $140/hr. That's like $21,000.


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Nov 20, 2016 17:59 |  #13

PPL here. Working on my instrument. I'll eventually fly for the airlines.


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Nov 20, 2016 20:34 |  #14

Current ASEL PPL here.

Get these shots (should satisfy Naturalist :-) ):

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