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Old 02-11-2013, 10:51 PM   #41
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My cycle has been collecting dust for several years. Traffic has increased so much I don't feel it is safe to ride.

I have been away from flying for six years and want to fly upside down one more time. Currently have an offer on this:
Every few months, I dream of getting back into flying. I have absolutely no reason to do so other than the pure joy of it. In the old days, at least I could pretend it was a faster way to get somewhere. Now, I just miss the freedom of soaring above it all. While it was expensive back in the day, now it's outrageously expensive (especially where I live). So, I'm considering hiring someone to fly me around - maybe someone who will occasionally let me take the controls. Every few weeks or even months, that should satisfy my jones for flying. Just hope DW is okay with it. She used to be a pilot's "widow" when I could go missing for hours at a time. Hanging out at the FBO was nearly as fun as flying. Don't think she'd go for that anymore. YMMV
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:31 AM   #42
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I love your grandma's hat! Is she sitting in a wicker chair? Note the complete absence of seat belts, car seats, etc!
That's not a hat, that's a helmet!

I don't see a car seat either, but the fact that that baby become someone's Mom says it all worked out They probably never got over 10 mph in that thing, and not much traffic. But still.

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Old 02-12-2013, 09:51 AM   #43
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Every few months, I dream of getting back into flying. I have absolutely no reason to do so other than the pure joy of it. In the old days, at least I could pretend it was a faster way to get somewhere. Now, I just miss the freedom of soaring above it all. While it was expensive back in the day, now it's outrageously expensive (especially where I live).
Too bad the closest to you EAA chapter is in Hilo and not on Oahu.
You mentioned soaring - are you aware that there is a soaring club/commercial operation at Dillingham Airfield? I went up once with them on a nice ridge day, but yes - they were pricey.
How expensive are flying clubs or partnerships on Oahu?
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Too bad the closest to you EAA chapter is in Hilo and not on Oahu.
You mentioned soaring - are you aware that there is a soaring club/commercial operation at Dillingham Airfield? I went up once with them on a nice ridge day, but yes - they were pricey.
How expensive are flying clubs or partnerships on Oahu?
sailor, thanks for the response. I haven't checked on clubs or partnerships on Oahu. One more (little) detail I haven't addressed is that I doubt I'd ever again pass the 3rd class medical cert. Without that, no one solos. But, I could still take dual "instruction" or (better yet) con someone into flying around with me as passenger. I'd pay all the costs while they would rack up flight hours toward a certificate - or just get to go out and fly on someone else's nickel (well, make that a few thousand nickels). That's sort of my current plan. First, I need to get to know some pilots. Only way I know to do that is to hang around an FBO and swap lies, er, tell stories, and drink coffee. Best place to do that is probably Dillingham, as you mentioned.

I've often watched the gliders when I was up on the North Shore. Looks like fun, but I've already done gliding - heh, heh, the time the fan quit on the Piper Colt I was learning to fly in. Everyone says the colt had the glide ratio of a brick. That's probably true - if the brick has a windmilling propeller out front slowing it down even more. But YMMV.

Thanks for the ideas.
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sailor, thanks for the response. I haven't checked on clubs or partnerships on Oahu. One more (little) detail I haven't addressed is that I doubt I'd ever again pass the 3rd class medical cert. Without that, no one solos.
Do you believe that have a handicap disqualifying you from flying? Or you are afraid that you will not to pass 3rd class Med Exam?
There is a relatively new (and growing) Light-sport aircraft category of airplanes, which can be flown with Sport Pilot Certificate and current driver's license instead of medical certificate.
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Do you believe that have a handicap disqualifying you from flying? Or you are afraid that you will not to pass 3rd class Med Exam?
There is a relatively new (and growing) Light-sport aircraft category of airplanes, which can be flown with Sport Pilot Certificate and current driver's license instead of medical certificate.
re: 3rd class medical: I nearly did not pass at age 22 for a "condition" which is now more pronounced. Guessing I would not pass at 65. I could look into the alternate you mention, but honestly, the actual taking-the-controls flying would no longer be as important to me as being able to actually "fly". About 10 years ago, I had been away from flying for over 30 years (now over 40). I got a chance to take a "free" flight from a flight school. I was able to do everything except land (the instructor would have let me give it a shot, but the traffic was excessive that day.) While I enjoyed the heck out of the brief challenge, what I would prefer to regain is the freedom that flight brings. This could be adequately fulfilled by a "ride" - especially if the pilot let me "play" occasionally. To each his own and YMMV, and all that good stuff.

Thanks for the info!
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