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How Many Licensed Private Pilots here?
« on: September 14, 2021, 01:49:36 PM »
I have been interested in getting my private pilots license every since my Cousin got his and built a hangar in his yard. Who here has their pilots license, any of you own a plane? I have been looking a lot and think a Cessna 182 would be super sweet. Lets here from you guys, your experiences, advice.....doing lots and lots of homework. As much overtime as I have been working I could reasonably save enough to get into it providing I don't try and buy a $45k plane and spend $50K fixing it.
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Re: How Many Licensed Private Pilots here?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2021, 01:52:13 PM »
Tagging along, I'd also like to start working on mine at some point

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Re: How Many Licensed Private Pilots here?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2021, 01:56:33 PM »
This is irrelevant, however, I have a buddy that flies nonstop.  One of our first flights was in a CESSNA 120, through the Wenaha.

I should have known when he asked me to push it out (by hand) out of the hangar.  The damn thing doesn't weigh much more than a pack of gum.  For god's sakes, the gas tank is in the wings.

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Re: How Many Licensed Private Pilots here?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2021, 02:02:59 PM »
Trent palmer has some pretty good videos and shares some of his buddies builds.

I am not a pilot but have family members that are. If i were so inclined i would likely get my license  first while exploring what kind of plane to get. Liability is huge and if your just flying your family for fun a DYI plane might be the right way to go.

Trenrs bush take off and landing videos are pretty damned cool also

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Re: How Many Licensed Private Pilots here?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2021, 02:06:46 PM »
This is something i am looking to explore as well in the next few years.
i too am tagging along.

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Re: How Many Licensed Private Pilots here?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2021, 02:07:13 PM »
I'd start with online ground school first, Sportys or king.

Buy your 182, get help buying it.

Hire a cfi with a ton of 182 hours from local area, ask around clubs and at airport

I'd avoid structured schools

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Re: How Many Licensed Private Pilots here?
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2021, 04:28:29 PM »
I flew for several years.

So much fun and I miss it.

I can say without a doubt it is the most dangerous thing I have ever done.  And I have been a very active mountain climber, rock climber,  ice climber, caver, cave diver, wreck diver, tech diver, ice diver, motorcycle rider, dangerous game hunter, and many other things I have probably forgotten.

I lost two flight instructors (one orhpaned her kids when she and her husband were killed in Mesa.   The other was single but the best pilot I had ever flown with), my dads rental plane was totaled, and then the replacement crashed too.  I had an engine quit at the end of a Minnesota to New Mexico cross country and a real close call in another plane not too long after that.  Another friend totaled his float plane and sank it during a landing

Not trying to talk you out of it-it really is amazing.  But go in eyes wide open to the risks.  If things go wrong while flying, you cant pull over to the shoulder and sort it out!  And there is Zero room for bravado- there are old pilots and bold pilots but no old bold pilots!
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Re: How Many Licensed Private Pilots here?
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2021, 05:49:53 PM »
Military trained, combat experienced helicopter pilot. Got my fixed wing ratings as I was getting out and went to a regional flying the E175 as first officer, then captain. Starting at a "legacy" airline next week, hoping to get the A320 to start.

Flying is fun and safe with the right planning, preparation and mindset of maturity, judgment and decision making. Always stay ahead of your plane. Always be thinking what's next... what's next... what's next. Always be thinking what if...

I went out to Lihue in Jan of 2020 and took a helicopter tour ride around the island. Beautiful! Even though I wasn't flying every time we crossed a ridge the helicopter pilot in me kept asking myself okay if we lost the engine (SE turbine) now we could autorotate down to there. Cross another ridge... we could make it down to there. Cross another... we could uh... hmmm... uh we'd be f'd.

Always think one or three steps ahead. Always think what if. Don't do anything stupid. Don't show off. Always plan ahead and use your maturity and good decision making to never put yourself in a bad position. Don't be afraid to turn around or end your flight early. Most accidents are a series of events leading up to the crash site, but sometimes all it takes is one bad call.

182s are good planes, a bit bigger, heavier, smoother and more comfortable than 172s. Also more powerful and faster. I like them a lot. Ideally start off on something smaller and work up to it. Shop around for a good school and instructor. How's their maintenance and safety record? Since I was in Colorado Springs at the time I got my fixed wing ratings at an Air Force aero club. Some of the instructors were pure civilian, others retired Air Force, and one I flew with was an F16 Thunderbird pilot, think he's in the Guard flying F15s now. In the year and a half, or so, that I was looking at and training there they didn't have a single accident or engine failure, and their planes flew a lot! They were on top of their maintenance all the time.

Take training seriously and study. A lot. Learn aeromedical factors and visual illusions. Don't over plan and over prepare to the point of it not being fun each time. Do your work, but know when to just say alright, let's go fly. And have fun!
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Re: How Many Licensed Private Pilots here?
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2021, 06:43:14 PM »
I know and known several licensed pilots and love to fly.
I am capable of flying just about anything, just not licensed or rich enough to afford the hobby
The 2 who built kit planes are both no longer around…
One belly flopped in Idaho the other got wind sheered into the side of Mt Rainer
Stick to well built, proven airframes
Im partial to the Piper Cub, solid and reliable.
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