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  1. #1
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    Anybody fly airplanes?

    Did my first flight lesson yesterday.

    So I guess I can't buy new ski gear for a while.



    Anybody else?
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    Anybody fly airplanes?

    I always thought it’d be awesome since I read Stick & Rudder as a kid...never have tho

    Have fun

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    Alaska Airlines called, they're waiting for you to get your license


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    You seem to be all over the place. Shopping for minimum wage jobs in Tahoe in a another thread to now taking up one of the most expensive hobbies in this thread.
    "timberridge is terminally vapid" -- a fortune cookie in Yueyang

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    You seem to be all over the place. Shopping for minimum wage jobs in Tahoe in a another thread to now taking up one of the most expensive hobbies in this thread.
    Exactly what I was thinking. Dude’s a looney.

    Sure Patrick, whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    Did my first flight lesson yesterday.

    So I guess I can't buy new ski gear for a while.



    Anybody else?
    My first thought was control line models or R/C planes, so there's that possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    You seem to be all over the place. Shopping for minimum wage jobs in Tahoe in a another thread to now taking up one of the most expensive hobbies in this thread.
    must of cleaned up on Esther silvers.
    I had a plane for awhile. Decided did not like my recreation tied to a motor other than my car, Rather go for a hike than fly on a nice day. Sold it do not miss it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    now taking up one of the most expensive hobbies in this thread.
    I don't think there is a more expensive hobby.

    Unless you just start lighting money on fire directly.

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    I have a couple friends who have (had?) their pilot's license. Sounds like a cool thing to be able to rent a plane and fly to some cool spot. I had a co-worker years ago whose husband was an aerospace engineer. When he retired he built his own float plane, they used to fly up to random lakes in BC for lunch on weekends.

    But yeah the cost and amount of work to get and maintain the license sounds prohibitive. Neither friend has flown in years.

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    So how much are we talking?
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    Go to dental school.

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    Patrick, unless you have a plane in the family it's going to cost you at least 10K to get licensed(are you getting reduced tuition at Uof A still?) You've obviously cruised through Merrill Field recently. Check out the planes tied down there. I don't know what the current ratio is, but 2 years ago, half the planes hadn't left the ground in three years, because the owners couldn't afford to fuel/maintain them (the dentists all have hangers). There's probably more than a few for sale now that the tie-down fees have increased. Quite a few Ak planes (Cessna 180's, 185's and Piper SuperCubs are being bought, rebuilt, and headed to Oz and Nz.

    You should probably save cash for when your nosepicker's motor or jet pump burns up running out to an opener, replacing a net, or ......
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    Got my eyes on a mooney, but I'll be lucky to settle for a 172

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunfree View Post
    I don't think there is a more expensive hobby.

    Unless you just start lighting money on fire directly.
    It would be hard to physically burn this amount of money, but on the other hand this thing is cool:



    he recently crashed it though. nobody got hurt so /nelsonlaugh I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    It would be hard to physically burn this amount of money, but...
    Hold my beer.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    It would be hard to physically burn this amount of money, but on the other hand this thing is cool:



    he recently crashed it though. nobody got hurt so /nelsonlaugh I guess.
    The super short take offs and landings that thing can do are incredible... Owners a douche

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    It would be hard to physically burn this amount of money, but on the other hand this thing is cool:



    he recently crashed it though. nobody got hurt so /nelsonlaugh I guess.
    And it's not even a jet!

    no offense to the professional pilots that post here, the coolest aviation stuff was bio-smears and he hasn't been seen here for awhile

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    Couple guys on here know this guy. Not a douche.


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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    It would be hard to physically burn this amount of money, but on the other hand this thing is cool:



    he recently crashed it though. nobody got hurt so /nelsonlaugh I guess.
    Pretty interesting plane and the take-off/landing distance is incredible (probably a bush plane thing?), though you do tradeoff cruise/top speed because of it.

    AK, if you're interested in taking more lessons, I would definitely recommend checking out a local flying club. Usually you can pay a monthly fee ($25-100/month or so, IIRC), and it gets your cheaper rates ($100-120 wet for a 172, etc.). So if you fly enough, it comes out to be worth it.

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    the stick time is the easy part....any monkey can fly, just ask Baloo.



    Just don't forget about the written test, and the medical test....any kidney stones?






    seriously, if you can't pass the written, don't bother wasting money on stick time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirVicSmasher View Post
    Got my eyes on a mooney, but I'll be lucky to settle for a 172

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    I'm pretty sure you can get a real nice, real fast older Mooney for a similar price to a 172.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idahospud View Post
    I'm pretty sure you can get a real nice, real fast older Mooney for a similar price to a 172.
    Winner winner chicken dinner.

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    My kid got his license--he had access to somewhat cheaper lessons and rental through the Travis AFB flying club. Once he got it he found that it was too expensive to rent and fuel the plane to go anywhere and between skiing, skydiving, and climbing (not to mention being a surgery resident) he couldn't get enough flight hours to stay licensed. I imagine he'll pick it up again if he gets stationed in Ohio or some other god forsaken place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    My kid got his license--he had access to somewhat cheaper lessons and rental through the Travis AFB flying club. Once he got it he found that it was too expensive to rent and fuel the plane to go anywhere and between skiing, skydiving, and climbing (not to mention being a surgery resident) he couldn't get enough flight hours to stay licensed. I imagine he'll pick it up again if he gets stationed in Ohio or some other god forsaken place.
    I could be wrong but I believe the proper term is to "stay current"
    ... You don't lose your license you just have to log a few hours with an instructor again...

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