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Old 05-29-2012, 09:05 PM   #121
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I passed!!!!

Now I just need the high performance and complex endorsement so I can fly my Debonair.
Congratulations! It feels pretty good, eh?! The additional endorsements will come quickly. You can probably get the instruction time for "free"--certainly there's a CFI who would like some time in your airplane? Many of those guys/gals are very eager to log time in a complex aircraft--it's virtually the only reason Cessna 172 RGs even exist.

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:56 AM   #122
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Congratulations. That is a reason to be euphoric.

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Old 05-30-2012, 10:04 AM   #123
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Congratulations on passing your check ride

For people giving up on flying because of cost, I'd like to point out that there are much cheaper alternatives than Debonair.
I'm a part owner (1/3rd now) of Piper Pacer PA-20 (previously C170 and C140).
For our fixed costs (hangar, insurance, annual, engine reserve, oil) we collect $1600 (used to be cheaper before) per year from each partner (technically a shareholder) and we pay for gas when we fly (the airplane is allowed to use auto fuel, but it's getting harder to find non-ethanol gasoline).
We are actually looking for additional partners, because the plane is not flying enough.

My annual expenses from Recreation:Flying category since 2003,
for between 20 and 40 hours of flying annually:

2003: $2481
2004: $2492
2005: $1849
2006: $2768
2007: $1997
2008: $2278
2009: $1978
2010: $2282
2011: $1971
2012: $700 (YTD)
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:07 AM   #124
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dm - congrats on picking up the ticket. It's a great item to check off your bucket list.

@ sailor - you are so right. A Pacer and a few buddies to help with the cost is a great way to go. I was in a couple of clubs and it worked for me too. I know lots of guys who spend way more than $2,000 a year on golf or fishing/hunting trips. It's all a matter of deciding where to put your $$$.

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