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Old 05-07-2017, 03:12 AM   #1
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Almost 4 hours in the log and had my first ride in the front seat of a Super Decathlon and i cant believe how exhausted i am after only 1 hour of over controling a plane as small,as the Decathlon.
Its going slower than ny instructor and I would like but right on schedule with the weather and my budget.

Dont get me wrong. I had a blast!!!



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Old 05-07-2017, 04:03 PM   #2
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Hardegg,
i didn't start in 1974...i am 74 and that one hour is now down to 30 minutes and then lay down the rest of the day!


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Ha Dennis! I'm learning that right now.
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And I thought I was the only one with that problem. I am 65 yrs
Old and sold my two Pitts S-1 projects because I knew I would not finish them. Sold them at a very low price that I almost gave them away.
Wish I had one more project to finish. There is a very nice Pietenpol project with a Corvair engine with it. Wants $2500 for it. Great price for all that is there. Fuselage and tail feathers done on gear. Wing ribs done with spars and struts to finish. All the instruments plus a lot more.
Just wish I had the energy to finish her.

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Well it was the dream of building my own plane from scratch that got me started down this road, but im not getting any younger and i find myself wanting to get far enough to be to buy. With the option of getting in the,ar sooner than expected the creative side of me is giving way to reason that its cheaper to buy snd i can fly it sooner.

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6 months and 5 hours into it and i have a heck of a lot more respect for you guys not that there was a lack of such any way. 47 years ago i embarrassed my self by botching my first landing attempt in front God the international terminal and everyone else and his brother. Now i can confidently say i' also botched my first takeoff attempt. At least it was a tail dragger and i've gotten the first one under my belt. Can't wait for the next try at it. Between life and weather. Who would have thunk it so difficult to build time.
Speaking of building. I alwys wanted to build my own. Now (considering my age) once i get far enough along will most likely buy.

Funny how things get harder to do when you get older.
Fortunately my head has gotten harder with the years.

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Hardegg,

I started scratch building a Skybolt 3 years ago and pilot training last fall. I'm 68, and yes I know I'm too old, but I'm gunna keep on keepin' on. I botch landings and a takeoffs several times a week. I haven't bent the gear yet, so they let me keep tryn'

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I started scratch building a Skybolt 3 years ago and pilot training last fall. I'm 68, and yes I know I'm too old, but I'm gunna keep on keepin' on. I botch landings and a takeoffs several times a week. I haven't bent the gear yet, so they let me keep tryn'

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Hang in there brother you are an inspiration. I'm 62. May start that project afterall. The good thing about today is i get a redo next Saturday.

It dawned on me the engine im learning on in the Super Decathlon is the same im wanting to use on the Skybolt. Curious what the weight difference is?

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I started scratch building a Skybolt 3 years ago and pilot training last fall. I'm 68, and yes I know I'm too old, but I'm gunna keep on keepin' on. I botch landings and a takeoffs several times a week. I haven't bent the gear yet, so they let me keep tryn'

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Well I am on my fifth biplane, and if I make it fly it will be five count them I have helped or done the major work, my first I was a lot younger, but started building it as a student pilot, before tat I never thought I would be a pilot, much less build my own airplane! And I am currently 75 yrs old! So give me a person with the burning desire to do both, and you cannot dissuade them, even with a reasonable argument! Dave
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Default 47 years between lessons or 1974 update

Now 0 for 2 attempts.

Changing my moniker to "Leadfeet"


As long as I can entice them with money I'll keep trying. . .

Third times' the charm (I hope)
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Between House improvements, medical bills, weather and scheduling conflicts - it's going surprisingly fast - well no not really but it is going. Sitting here reading through an Army cadets flight journal from Feb of 1944 (living through him since I not able to get out there myself right now) it's kind of cool to be able to relate to what he was learning and practicing then to what I'm learning now.

Even more special since he's been gone over 10 years and it allows me to spend time with him again. . .
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Hardegg, I soloed in Dec of 1965, got my PPL Oct. of 2015. 49 years, 10 months. Keep on keepin on!


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