Private Pilot - as in single engine plane or comparable.

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    Dec 10, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    In the past, I'd taken flying lessons for a while and got to the point of a few hours of soloing. Then, my instructor died in his sleep and by FAA rules, so did my solo certification, started with a new instructor, after 4 lessons, he left the flying school. No soloing. New instructor again (incidentally hot fighter pilot). He told me after three lessons that he was just doing this for a short time and would be leaving. I had to quit at that point because it was too costly with instructors leaving one after another and I didn't get re-approved to solo. Additionally, my ex used to complain constantly about me flying like it was a deathwish.
    I flew mostly a Grob 115 but also frequently a Piper Cherokee and a Piper Warrior. Someday, I plan on starting lessons again when it's financially feasible for me.

    Anyone else here a pilot (for fun as opposed to commercial profession)?

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    Dec 10, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    not yet, but, I am going to be starting my chopper license hopefully next year.

    Choppers have always felt like the safer option to me, considering an engine stall isn't to bad icon_biggrin.gif

    You should go back and get your license, I know a few people with them and gone up once or twice my self with them, its awesome to be able to charter a plane and go almost anywhere icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 11, 2008 2:25 AM GMT
    I always wanted to get a chopper license. The requirements are far higher though, the cost of lessons too is more, and it's simply harder. I don't think that I'd call it safer. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 11, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    bgcat57 saidI always wanted to get a chopper license. The requirements are far higher though, the cost of lessons too is more, and it's simply harder. I don't think that I'd call it safer. icon_wink.gif


    In my mind, the safety thing works icon_razz.gif I don't wanna know the truth

    Its a little more technically difficult to fly a chopper, it requires more a more intense focus on what your doing, what the chopper is doing and whats happening outside, but, its not much more difficult then the plane.

    Your right about the costs though, they are almost 50% more in some cases and the tests you have to pass before ever getting on the damned things are more difficult too.. but it'll be fun as to get onto a chopper and actually fly it.

    You should find a good flight school and go back, getting your license and actually chartering a flight is awesome (well, my mates all had the biggest smiles on there faces) I personally was more worried about them keeping the plane in the air.
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    Dec 11, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    It's something that I'd love to do since there are two good flight schools near me. Unfortunately, it's not financially possible at the moment. If becomes a possibility, I will.