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Commercial, CFI/II.

Have not flown in 10+ years.

Ended up furloughed a few times in 2007 with the crashing economy. Quit flying and went to work for the government.

Currently an ATC for New York ARTCC.

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Private Pilot here. No longer flying. Busy with the grass. Would love to get back into it.

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Just came across this thread. I would love to learn how to fly. It just seems cost prohibitive. Getting my license would be doable but gettting enough hours to be considered/feel safe seems REALLY expensive .

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I paid for my private license by mowing lawns, so I think it’s doable if you want to.

Paying to rent a plane to go joy flying or somewhere for lunch can get pricey, like you say.
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Is it better to rent or buy a very old Cessna 182?
I would love to learn. It just seems very intimidating. And of course I do worry about the safety of it as well.

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@Talental, Like I say here, if it Flies, Floats, or Flirts, RENT it.
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@dfw_pilot I've heard that statement before, so true! Anyway I'm not a pilot, have a bit of stick time growing up with an uncle that owned numerous planes. Growing up I remember flying w/ him in his Leer, Citation and MU-2.

Still got the aviation bug, but I chose a different path in aviation. I'm actually an A&P, but since 2015 I've been in engineering instead.

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Wish I had the time and money to become a private pilot. Growing up I flew with my dad in both a 172 and a Piper Cherokee. Miss those days and wish I could extend the same to my son when he’s old enough to remember.

I was gifted a discovery flight at a local flying school so perhaps my wife would be on board. Her father was a private pilot as well.

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Not a pilot but I am an A&P mechanic. Work on helicopters. Here is my baby...
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@dfw_pilot do you fly the 75 for our local airline?

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If you are @Too_Tall Jones, I want an autograph!

I live in the metroplex but fly for the Purple team over in Memphis.
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dfw_pilot wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:37 am
If you are @Too_Tall Jones, I want an autograph!

I live in the metroplex but fly for the Purple team over in Memphis.
I'll give ya an autograph but it won't be worth much. I just got picked up by our friendly neighborhood airline. Start next month. I flew adhoc freight moving auto parts for a few years. Glad that's behind me.

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Too_Tall wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:50 am
I just got picked up by our friendly neighborhood airline. Start next month. I flew adhoc freight moving auto parts for a few years. Glad that's behind me.
Hey, that’s awesome and congrats!
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Wow I didn’t realize so many pilots were on this forum.

Most memorable moment was probably doing my first solo and long solo commercial cross country. Just something about finishing those two flights makes you feel so accomplished.

So far I’ve flown C172, Arrow, Seminole, a little bit of training in the CRJ-200 before the recession in 2008 and have recently begun my rotorcraft in a Bell 407.

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Sweet that a few of y'all fly. My father the Lt.Col used to fly the CH46. He had a bunch of hours in Vietnam. Sometime after getting home he decided to go reserves. He didn't want us to move so much. He didn't get to fly anymore. I wish I could have gone up with him atleast once. He has some crazy stories about that big bird. Sounds like lots of good times when you can just fly were you need to go.

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I was going through the pilot program at university of Cincinnati back in 2000. Was flying a cessna 152, couple flights before I was able to do check ride for my recreational and my financial aid ran out. They sent a payment book for 200 a month when I was making 7 bucks an hour. That "didnt fly" and I had to drop out.

I remember the landing contests me and my instructor used to have. I could usually land so easy the tires wouldnt chirp and I'd ride the wheelie out for a good 50 yards 😁

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Most memorable for me was taking off at KXBP just after dark and a deer darted under me right after I rotated. I had one wheel barely touch his back and it shook the plane a little. I flew the pattern, landed, checked the plane and my shorts, and took off again. That airport is rural and dark, you don't see much out there. I learned in a Cherokee 180, have flown 172's, 206's, TBM's, King Airs and currently have a B36TC Bonanza.

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CFI-G ... going on 20 years.


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Sorry for the bump.

@717driver, I never realized how similar MD kept the 717 cockpit to the MD-11.
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So great to see that we have a good number of pilots on here and obsessed with our lawns. I fly for one of the airline guys on the bus.

Most memorable time was my first solo x-country and got slightly lost out in the middle of nowhere OK. Called up flight watch and they started to triangulate my position. A bit longer I ended up hitting my intended airport but the calls were made to my instructor. We kind of laughed it off but let me tell you, I got REALLY good with finding my position among VORs after that point LMFAO.

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