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 12-21-2003, 17:51 Post: 71874
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I've noticed a few of you folks out there do some recreational flying. Would anyone like to elaborate??

I am a liscensed Private and Instrument pilot hence the AV8R (Aviator -- get it?).

My tractor purchase was in leau of an airplane purchase, so I still rent for my aviation fixes when needed. I am checked in a Cherokee 140, Archer and Skylane RG. Hope to someday use my tractor for the prep of a grass strip somewhere.

Just another useless string started by your Uncle Larry.






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 12-21-2003, 20:51 Post: 71883
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I guess I am pretty lucky, I own a Jinma 254 and N714WQ.
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 12-22-2003, 08:19 Post: 71917
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I am a VFR private pilot but I am not current. I let my currency lapse when I was working in California and I did not enjoy flying in the smog and haze. I now live in New Mexico. We often have visibility over 80 miles here. Moving and so forth have not been very supportive of getting back into flying.

I really started thinking about flying again when I was on a visit to Georgia visiting relatives. I took an afternoon and went down to Moultrie and Ray Maule took me for a spin or two in one of his Maule MX7 planes. There is a Maule dealer within about an hour flight time in Durango CO. So, I am keeping my eye out for an MX7 with a Lycoming IO540 engine. I will also need to get current and take some lessons on the peculiarities of taildraggers. I expect that the proper order of battle is to get current, rent a plane or join a club, get IFR, purchase an MX7, get special training for that plane.

I particularly like the Maule because of its performance. It is a very good mountain plane and good for dirt strip landing. Flying is a good way to get around in the west where the distances are so large. It takes about seven hours to drive to Denver from here and Phoenix is about six hours. The Maule is not the fastest plane, but it would cut those trips to under three hours. But you need a very powerful capable plane to fly through mountains and to be able to lift off from high altitude strips in the summer heat. I live at 5300 ft MSL.






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 12-22-2003, 08:34 Post: 71919
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Super Cub (with float kit) and an almost finished Murphy Super Rebel.

The extended family 'fleet' also includes a Commanche, a Navajo, a C182 amphib.






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 12-22-2003, 18:35 Post: 71958
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I have a commercial instrument rotary wing FAA ticket with twin turbine engine rating. Checked out but no longer current in the Hughes 269/300, UH-1/Bell 209?, Sikorski S-70/UH-60A/L (checked out as Maintenance Test Pilot). Never did pursue a fixed wing rating. Would have never used it anyway. It was fun while it lasted and I guess I kinda grew away from it after doing for so long. Totaled about 2,500 hours in 21 years. Passed my first checkride as Pilot In Command (PIC) back in 1983 as a young wet behind the ears WO1 not 6 months out of flight school. I sure don't miss the checkrides every year.






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 12-22-2003, 20:19 Post: 71966
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The plane I trained in is stil in service (N1910T). A Piper Cherokee 140. Back in '76 I got a private license and that works good enough. I am still shopping for a Grunman Tiger to buy. Happy trails....






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 12-23-2003, 07:03 Post: 71986
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A few hours solo here in a Luscombe 8E around Denver. Fun but it was off to school elsewhere. I never completed the license and never could get the same deal since. It was $5.00/hour all costs including insurance and with or without instructor. The club were all commercial flyers who had A&E ratings. They got deals on eveything and did their own maintenance. The 8E was a tail dragger too.






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 12-23-2003, 09:15 Post: 72005
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I got my license in ' 75 flying Cherokee's and transitioned into Cessna's a little later.

I quit flying soon after moving to Alaska in ' 79. Those 8 buck-an-hour 150's I flew in SoCal cost 32 bucks up there and the FBO's forbid flying their rental planes through any mountain passes. That sort of limited the amount of fun a person could have.

I sure would like to get back into the game. Anybody had a recent FAA medical exam? What do they look at these days?






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I have time in Cessna 150, 152, 172, 182; Piper Tomahawk, Warrior, and Archer; Bellanca Turbo Viking and Decathalon; and a demo ride in a Maule MX7. I did not log the time, but I also got to fly a Dehavilland Beaver float plane with an instructor in Alaska.






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Mike, those Dehavilland Beaver float planes are kewl! Did you get a chance to do a water landing and take off? Got a lot more space and capacity in those too.






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