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Any Private Pilots here?

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by GoDeacsWFU23, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Jan 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM
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    Joe D

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    Sold my 1959 C150 years ago. Really enjoyed it and wish I had it back. It was cheap to buy, insure and own.

    I prefer high wing because I can see the ground better. People can make good cases for high or low wing though. I'm hoping someday I can pick up a V35 or C310 then I could really travel on my weekends!
     
  2. Feb 3, 2012 at 6:34 PM
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    Yes, passed my checkride in Dec. Only been up a couple times since. First flight though with my girlfriend I took her up to the North Shore and we saw about 10-15 whales, that was an awesome experience for my girlfriend. It was her first time in a small airplane. Couldnt have asked for better conditions, light winds and great visibility.
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  3. Feb 3, 2012 at 7:33 PM
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    The first time I ever went up I had 25-27 knot winds....it was terrifying.
     
  4. Feb 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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    On my checkride the winds the winds were 130@10. So tower gave us the option to land on Runway 11, which was odd because they NEVER offer that runway. You have to request it and be the only plane in the pattern. The DPE hopped on the mic and declined it and said nope we want runway 4, I want to see how he lands in crosswinds. So I had to all my landings with a straight crosswind. Nailed it though. But it was a little nerve wracking.
     
  5. Feb 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM
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    This morning I flew a small GA plane for the first time in a long time -- Cessna Cardinal RG. Man, it felt so much different from larger aircraft I've become accustomed to.

    Then about 30 minutes after I flew the Cardinal, I flew an R22 which really F'd with my head. I've been taking helicopter lessons for about 8 hours now -- helicopters are so much harder to fly! Or at least to learn to fly. My brains turned to mush after about an hour of practicing hovering, hover taxiing, patterns, and pick ups/let downs. I was so exhausted that my instructor practically had to fly us home. Seriously, it was the mental equivalent of doing 1000 push ups. My circuits were just complete toast.
     
  6. Feb 11, 2012 at 8:22 PM
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    Thats awesome, I've been tempted to take a lesson in a helicopter just for fun. But I'm afraid I'll get hooked.
     
  7. Feb 11, 2012 at 8:45 PM
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    None yet. Bed cover, brush guard, leveling kit coming soon.
    My dad, brother and I all have our commercial license and fly ag here in Arkansas.
    I flew 700 hours this year in
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    My brother has a little over 10,000 hours and dad has 30,000+ hours.

    Stay current it ain't cheap but it is kinda like riding a bike if you love it.
    I like low wings with radials.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Oct 29, 2012 at 5:42 AM
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    Awesome, that's why I love flying out here in Hawaii. Cant beat island hopping to neighbor islands for day trips.
     
  10. Oct 30, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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    I have about 300 hrs and a commercial inst rating. Most of my time is in a 172. I like high wings so you can see the ground. I also have a tailwheel, which was cool, go to do some acro. I havent flown in several yrs. It's just too expensive to keep up with. I would love to make a career out of it, but most of my friends they have flying jobs wish they were in something else. I joined the AF to fly, but had med issues.
     
  11. Oct 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM
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    Same here. Its expensive to fly. Especially out here. Almost $150/hr. Im looking to join the Air Force too. So many awesome planes too fly. Anyone of them would be a blast.
     
  12. Oct 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM
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    Just a word of advice...If you want to join the Air Force, join to be an Officer and Airman first. Pilot 2nd. 1. You may not get the chance to fly. and 2. If you do very little of your time will be spent flying. That being said, I highly recommend it and given the economy, its not a bad decision at all.
     
  13. Oct 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM
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    Definitely. I understand the idea of being an officer first and a pilot second. I've been trying to contact a recruiter out here but he hasn't got back to me yet. Very anxious to get the process started. I feel like I can put together a very competitive package for one of the next rated boards.
     
  14. Oct 30, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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    student pilot with 20 hours in a cessna 152
     
  15. Oct 31, 2012 at 8:04 AM
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    Not sure what your background is, but the AF can be extremely competitive. I dont know what their needs are either. When I applied active duty back in 05, they cancelled several boards, a dude from my area had a masters in Aero Eng and 150 hrs and got rejected. Look at every branch. The USMC took my app and I got selected in weeks where teh AF took close to a yr. If you have a ANG or Reserve unit near by check them out as well. If you just want to fly, the Army CWO program is suppose to be great, and helos could be awesome.
     
  16. Oct 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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    Ya I know it's super competitive. I was a all-conference college athlete at a DI school. Graduated with a 3.2 GPA. I'm also going to look at the ANG here at Hickam AFB. They have 3 units there I believe.
     
  17. Dec 26, 2012 at 10:13 AM
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    I just found this thread after searching for pilots on TW..... and I discovered we have quite a few here. :thumbsup:

    Brain (Coast Guard pilot) and I were sharing funny approach plates. I sent him this one as he's never seen it before. It's pretty funny once you figure out what it actually says.... :D


    If anyone is training for their instrument rating, share this with your CFII. ;)
    Read the IAF (initial approach fix), approaching from the WNW all the way to the missed approach hold.



    http://flightaware.com/resources/airport/PSM/IAP/RNAV+(GPS)+RWY+16/pdf
     
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