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    I've done cars, motorcycles, and boats. It would seem planes are the next one to cross off the list (going to the rail yard and asking to drive the train is met with some odd looks and general resistance, did you know there are real railroad police??).

    So this Saturday is my first lesson for my private pilot's cert. Pretty excited. I hope the weather holds off, been wanting to do this for quite some time.

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    That is awesome! Definitely on my list as well! Would love to hear how the process goes!

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    I do paramotoring. Its crazy.

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    That's rad. Enjoy.

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    Something on my bucket list to give a try .. I keep on seeing homes for sale in Ossipee on a grass air strip.. my wife's not having it!

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    Re: Flying, finally...

    Where are you flying out of? Fitchburg? Sterling?

    I got my ticket about 7 years ago. Let me know if you need some books/materials.

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    About the weather. If the weather is questionable at all do not take the introduction lesson. It may turn you off.

    I have 40+ hours but never tested because I was never ready book wise. You really need to dedicate time. Eventually I will take a couple weeks off and dedicate to it to pass.

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    Re: Flying, finally...

    My Dad got his license in 1991, participated lightly and then when he retired in '07 he bought a Lake Renegade. He's seaplane and instrument rated, they fly a lot between their primary house outside Keene and their lake house in Maine. Previously it was a 200 mile drive, now it takes them about an hour door to door, they land on the lake and float up to the house. He is also pretty active with Angel Flights, bringing people down from very rural areas for treatment in Boston. This year he did a full engine rebuild and converted to an all glass Garmin cockpit, pretty cool.

    I've been able to fly with him a bunch over the years and have taken an introductory lesson. It's definitely something I'd like to get involved in later in life, neither the time or the money currently.

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    Cool shit.

    I actually went to Daniel Webster College to become a professional pilot. Got a Bachelors and an Associates out of it........ yeah, it didn't pan out, but it was a shit ton of fun. I miss the fuck out of it.

    Where & what ya flying?

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    Re: Flying, finally...

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Where are you flying out of? Fitchburg? Sterling?

    I got my ticket about 7 years ago. Let me know if you need some books/materials.
    Fitchburg. I was contemplating Stowe but with the job change, I will be further away from there. I've started the book studying, read the pilots handbook twice, taking notes the second time. Fighting my way through some of the FAR/AIM stuff now. I will probably take an online course here shortly for the initial written, either Gleim or Shorty or the like.

    What are your thoughts on flight computers? Traditional E6B or electronic? It seems to me the electronic is well worth the money not having to deal with the equivalent of a slide rule.

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    Subscribed. I'd like to get my license one of these days...

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    Re: Flying, finally...

    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    Fitchburg. I was contemplating Stowe but with the job change, I will be further away from there. I've started the book studying, read the pilots handbook twice, taking notes the second time. Fighting my way through some of the FAR/AIM stuff now. I will probably take an online course here shortly for the initial written, either Gleim or Shorty or the like.

    What are your thoughts on flight computers? Traditional E6B or electronic? It seems to me the electronic is well worth the money not having to deal with the equivalent of a slide rule.
    Traditional. Learn how to do it instead of relying on electronics. There are even watches that you can buy that are essentially an E6B dial if you want.

    The thing with aviation is when things go bad they tend to go really bad and having a solid skill set that doesn't rely on electronics comes in handy.

    You will also find PLENTY of things to blow money on in aviation and an E6B is low priority.

    Buy the best freaking headset you can afford though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    My Dad got his license in 1991, participated lightly and then when he retired in '07 he bought a Lake Renegade. He's seaplane and instrument rated, they fly a lot between their primary house outside Keene and their lake house in Maine. Previously it was a 200 mile drive, now it takes them about an hour door to door, they land on the lake and float up to the house. He is also pretty active with Angel Flights, bringing people down from very rural areas for treatment in Boston. This year he did a full engine rebuild and converted to an all glass Garmin cockpit, pretty cool.

    I've been able to fly with him a bunch over the years and have taken an introductory lesson. It's definitely something I'd like to get involved in later in life, neither the time or the money currently.
    Old friend of mine does the Angel Flight thing. He flies a 207 in and out of Boston, I don't think I'll ever want to get too deep into Class B visits, but it is definitely a cool thing to do with your abilities.

    While the all glass thing is the way of the future, I'm trying to stay out of that realm and sticking with boiler gauges for now. I doubt I'll ever be able to buy into a glass panel bird. So I want to be prepared to chase needles, not pink lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    Old friend of mine does the Angel Flight thing. He flies a 207 in and out of Boston, I don't think I'll ever want to get too deep into Class B visits, but it is definitely a cool thing to do with your abilities.

    While the all glass thing is the way of the future, I'm trying to stay out of that realm and sticking with boiler gauges for now. I doubt I'll ever be able to buy into a glass panel bird. So I want to be prepared to chase needles, not pink lines.
    Class B will become no big deal in short order.

    If you chase an instrument rating you'll love glass stuff. Totally agreed that everyone should be well versed on steam gauges though. Over reliance of tech is an issue, even at the airlines.

    Angel Flight is awesome and so is flying little stuff into Logan. Just need to keep the speeds up and be "flexible".

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    Cheap E6B.

    Pickup a fuel test cup.

    I have a set of noise cancelling David Clark's that I love (made in Worcester btw). Also have a set of traditional DC's for passengers.

    Chart holder that straps to your leg came in mighty handy many times.

    The most valuable piece of advice I can give you is to fly REGULARLY. Don't take a week or two off unless you absolutely have to. You'll back slide. Every weekend. Twice in a weekend if you can.

    The King's videos are decent. I would pop a DVD in and take notes a couple nights a week while having a cocktail.


    Also, pick up a chart ASAP. Doesn't have to be current. Play the "I can tell my annoyed wife about EVERY mark/symbol/word/number on this chart" game. If you see something you don't understand or recognize, BOOM, that's your next search.

    Sign up for the Purple Board. Forum like NESR, but for flying. Not sure if it's still active, but everyone there was super helpful, especially to student pilots.

    Pick up a flight sim if you really want to get some electronic toys. MS Flight Sim is always a good call. Can practice your radio/tower work in a video game.

    Finally, the absolute strongest advantage I had in getting a high score on my written was toilet time. Seriously. Got an app called Pilot Prep or something like that. Best $10 I spent. During "paid to poop" time, I'd open that app up and go through FAA written exam questions trying to get them all correct. By the time I hit the exam at the Northampton Airport, I was super confident. Nailed it too. Fuckin cakewalk due to all my times studying while droppin heat.

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    Re: Flying, finally...

    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    did you know there are real railroad police??).
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    yep, I've been chased off the tracks while surveying

    doesn't take much to drive a train, just an "in" to get a job working for the RR

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    Quote Originally Posted by e30addict View Post
    Traditional. Learn how to do it instead of relying on electronics. There are even watches that you can buy that are essentially an E6B dial if you want.

    The thing with aviation is when things go bad they tend to go really bad and having a solid skill set that doesn't rely on electronics comes in handy.

    You will also find PLENTY of things to blow money on in aviation and an E6B is low priority.

    Buy the best freaking headset you can afford though.
    That's a good point. From what I am hearing, once you are done with flight training, you'll rarely use an E6B anyway, everyone uses one of the ipad mapping programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Cheap E6B.

    Pickup a fuel test cup.

    I have a set of noise cancelling David Clark's that I love (made in Worcester btw). Also have a set of traditional DC's for passengers.

    Chart holder that straps to your leg came in mighty handy many times.

    The most valuable piece of advice I can give you is to fly REGULARLY. Don't take a week or two off unless you absolutely have to. You'll back slide. Every weekend. Twice in a weekend if you can.

    The King's videos are decent. I would pop a DVD in and take notes a couple nights a week while having a cocktail.


    Also, pick up a chart ASAP. Doesn't have to be current. Play the "I can tell my annoyed wife about EVERY mark/symbol/word/number on this chart" game. If you see something you don't understand or recognize, BOOM, that's your next search.

    Sign up for the Purple Board. Forum like NESR, but for flying. Not sure if it's still active, but everyone there was super helpful, especially to student pilots.

    Pick up a flight sim if you really want to get some electronic toys. MS Flight Sim is always a good call. Can practice your radio/tower work in a video game.

    Finally, the absolute strongest advantage I had in getting a high score on my written was toilet time. Seriously. Got an app called Pilot Prep or something like that. Best $10 I spent. During "paid to poop" time, I'd open that app up and go through FAA written exam questions trying to get them all correct. By the time I hit the exam at the Northampton Airport, I was super confident. Nailed it too. Fuckin cakewalk due to all my times studying while droppin heat.
    I've been looking at head sets, probably get a decent pair at first and get myself a nice Lightspeed or Bose if I get through the whole thing.

    I've been flying on X11, have about 30 hours and 70 landings in now. I'm sure I'm not doing it right but have been practicing different things including cross country navigation. And there's a great website with an uploaded VFR chart. You can click on the airports and decipher the weather as well. That's been my TED to this point.

    Good idea on the app, I'll have to look into finding one, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    That's a good point. From what I am hearing, once you are done with flight training, you'll rarely use an E6B anyway, everyone uses one of the ipad mapping programs.
    You end up just ball parking things and going with the flow. Only bothered calculating things when you start talking max range. I did a bunch of FL ferry flights and it was more based on time and have a few cool options you wanted to stop at depending on how far you got. No one is testing you on anything and unless you run out of fuel it's all good.

    Deal with weather and it becomes more critical to have flight plans nailed down. Recreational, I stopped caring. The ultimate in lazy is when dispatch handled all that and you just glanced at it quick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    I've been looking at head sets, probably get a decent pair at first and get myself a nice Lightspeed or Bose if I get through the whole thing.
    I still have these (get gel seals). http://www.davidclarkcompany.com/avi...ng-passive.php

    I also used a 1st gen Lightspeed for years and they were a game changer in the turboprops. I'm sure the newer tech is even better.

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    I'm still pissed my David Clarks and my handheld radio receiver grew legs my last year of college. No idea where they wandered off to, but I'm pretty certain it wasn't a simple case of them getting carelessly misplaced.

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    Thatís cool. A riding friend was a commercial pilot and now flies a corporate jet. Worst flight experience I ever had was a TTD at NYST a couple years ago when my whole session was skipped due to some guy trying to land. At one point some of us talked about running off pit lane as he was very sideways in the wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e30addict View Post
    I still have these (get gel seals). http://www.davidclarkcompany.com/avi...ng-passive.php

    I also used a 1st gen Lightspeed for years and they were a game changer in the turboprops. I'm sure the newer tech is even better.
    Been looking at the H20-10S. Passive noise, gel seals, stereo, light weight. I have a big head and a small neck, I'd hate to injure myself with overweighted headsets. And the lighter weight would be good for the wife should I ever upgrade. And by upgrade, I mean buying a better set and she takes them leaving me with the older ones anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Where are you flying out of? Fitchburg? Sterling?

    I got my ticket about 7 years ago. Let me know if you need some books/materials.
    Are you still flying? How often? My overall plan is to do some traveling once the squatch is out of the house. I figured I could get an RV or actually do something I like. I don't know where the kiddo is going to end up in school but a means of easy access to visitation would be nice as well.

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    About the weather. If the weather is questionable at all do not take the introduction lesson. It may turn you off.

    I have 40+ hours but never tested because I was never ready book wise. You really need to dedicate time. Eventually I will take a couple weeks off and dedicate to it to pass.
    Looks like I am getting shit on with the weather again this weekend.

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    Fixed wing is all well and good, but are there any rotary wing guys in here?

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