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    Lightbulb Frequent fliers...

    Any pilots on the Firehouse Forums or student pilots learning to fly?

    Some people buy a motorcycle or a sports car for their "midlife crisis intervention", for me, it's flying!

    I have 15 hours of flight time accumulated in my logbook. I flew the Cessna 172 for the first time today (my previous lessons were in a Cessna 150) I have done 11 takeoffs and 5 landings to date (dual instruction).
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    I'm not a pilot myself, but I have to say I'm more impressed with the landings than I am the takeoffs. . .
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    many years ago (I lost count), I was a student pilot and managed to get 13 hours in Cessna 150's. It was expensive then and more so now. Last year, my wife got me a 1 hour "introduction" lesson as a birthday gift. Very bittersweet. I loved flying again, but know that I don't have the money to keep going and getting my licence.


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    Only in my dreams Cap. I would love to learn to fly a helicopter but My wife says "it's too expensive."

    I'll keep working on her, but I'll live my life vicariously through you (except I'll just imagine flying a helicopter than a plane.)
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    i havent flown in a couple years but have about 35 hours logged in and plan on going back soon because it is a blast, i have flown the 172 a few times but i prefered to fly a piper cherokee i think its just the idea of the wings being below me that i liked better.
    wait till you do your first solo then it gets fun !!

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    I got 500 hours+ on flight sim since MSFS-98.

    1 Hour on a A320---pre 9-11.
    30 minutes on a 172.
    I dont suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

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    If I ever get on an aircraft...777 or 767, and hear the purser introduce Captain Gonzo.....I'd probably have an accident in my seat.

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    My pilot friends always told me 'Never trust anyone with more take-offs then landings'.
    "There are only two things that i know are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And im not so sure about the former."

    For all the life of me, i cant see a firefighter going to hell. At least not for very long. We would end up putting out all the fires and annoying the devil too much.

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    I'm guessing that's controlled landings they warned you about. Gravity ensures planes always land, it's the condition of the plane that varies.

    Good luck Capt. Always remember the wheels should be under the plane. My boss bought his own plane a couple of years ago, flys it all over the place down here. I think nearly every weekend he's out and about in it. He flies over to Alabama to visit his dad every now and again, as well as over to Lake Charles to the casinos.

    I'm with Sharkie, I'd do helicopter lessons if it weren't so expensive too. Although expensive is a relative term, I know I spend a bunch of cabbage turning wood into sawdust in the garage nearly every weekend.

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    Originally posted by NJFFSA16
    If I ever get on an aircraft...777 or 767, and hear the purser introduce Captain Gonzo.....I'd probably have an accident in my seat.
    Yeah, I can see the good Capn'n trying to put a 777 through some barrel rolls, and maybe a few loops. Just to be the jokester that he is, he'd make sure that the seat belt light was NOT lit.

    All the while he'd be strapped in up front with a HUGE grin on his face yelling into the intercom "YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAA! Stewardess, bring me another beer!!!!!"
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    I want to do a hammerhead stall in one!

    *note to any FAA examiner reading this thread...just kidding!
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    I have accumulated a massive 2 hours. Hopefully hour #3 will be this weeknd. I am flying the venerable Cessna 150. For those non-pilots it's like a lawnmower with wings. A pushmower at that. It's a very forgiving aircraft though.
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    Talking Yeaaahhhhh.................... ...........

    Originally posted by CaptainGonzo
    I want to do a hammerhead stall in one!

    Hammerheads we got............
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    Default Re: Yeaaahhhhh.................... ...........

    Originally posted by hwoods



    Hammerheads we got............
    ...along with zipperheads, cementheads and boneheads!
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    I would fly with Gonzo...but....my only concern is that he has more take offs than landings.... That can not be a good thing....can it?
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    Originally posted by CaptainGonzo
    *note to any FAA examiner reading this thread...just kidding!
    *note to anyFAA examiners reading this thread...no he's not!
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    Originally posted by captstanm1
    I would fly with Gonzo...but....my only concern is that he has more take offs than landings.... That can not be a good thing....can it?
    Getting the aircraft off the ground is easier than putting it back down!
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    Originally posted by CaptainGonzo


    Getting the aircraft off the ground is easier than putting it back down!
    Isn't that what they make parachutes for?
    The comments made by me are my opinions only, not of the Fire and EMS services I am affiliated with.

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    Getting the aircraft off the ground is easier than putting it back down!
    Thats exactly the point.
    "There are only two things that i know are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And im not so sure about the former."

    For all the life of me, i cant see a firefighter going to hell. At least not for very long. We would end up putting out all the fires and annoying the devil too much.

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    All my pilotage has been on the Upper and Lower Mississippi River and the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers pushing barges around.
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