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Old 04-03-2015, 10:07 PM   #21
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spent 8 years in the army as a crew chief on blackhawks and hueys. not a pilot, but a little stick time on mtfs in the hueys. bye the way f350 nice bird strike, hope all was well after. was it a hawk? dealt with a few pigeons in my days also.
Thanks for your service. I started in Hueys, but flew Hawks most of my career. Civilian now.
We were pretty sure that strike was a duck, but it was hard to be certain. It was a good thump when it hit (125kt/144mph), but I didn't think there was much damage 'till we smelled it. Crew joked that they though the smell was me. Guts on my shins. We continued to our destination (not much further) and had it trailered out for repair.


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Old 04-04-2015, 01:02 AM   #22
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Old 04-04-2015, 01:11 AM   #23
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:54 AM   #24
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Private -multi engine- floats. 0360 powered Glastar taildragger + Aerocet 2200 floats. Boxster spent the winter in the hangar with the Glastar-nestled next to the floats.

Would that be at CYOO?
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:17 AM   #25
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I've been flying for 38 years now. I started before I had a driver's license. My mom had to drive me to the airport for my lessons. The original plan was to get most of my experience in the military but when the time came, the Navy had different needs than mine(they decided my left eye wasn't perfectly round so they wanted me in the back seat, thanks, but no thanks!) Thus I have one, yes one week in the Navy. That was back in 1984. I started working on the rest of my ratings and then began instructing full time in 1986. From there I was flying for a Part 135 outfit that had Twin Comanches, Aztecs, a Navijo Chieftan and a King Air 90. Lots of variety, flying all over the Midwest at all hours of the day and night in some of the worst weather Mother Nature has to offer. There are a lot of stories there! I was hired by Simmons Airlines in 1989, first on the Shorts 360(the box that other airplanes come in and no autopilot) and then the ATR 42 and 72. I have been with AAL for the last 17 years flying the 727, MD80 and now the 777. It hasn't been the easiest path and there were many very lean years, but no regrets I have and continue to see some pretty incredible sites. I have never once dreaded having to go to work which is more than most can say. Very blessed

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Old 04-04-2015, 12:46 PM   #27
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Old 04-04-2015, 01:12 PM   #28
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Had my PPL for about 12-13 years now...

haven't flown in years though because it is extremely expensive to rent. If funds ever become available, I hope to purchase my own plane (experimental...probably a kitfox 7) as owning it yourself and being able to do the maintenance and AI on your own experimental seems to be the only remotely affordable way to enjoy aviation. GA aircraft are $$ to purchase and $$$ to maintain. For the performance you get from a 172 you can buy/build a plane that will run circles around it assuming you have the time. I started out in 172's a few weeks before 9/11....needless to say that put the brakes on my flight instruction for a little while. I had a heck of a time scheduling lessons with my instructor as he had another job and between that, his apathy, college, bad weather, and the planes always down for maintenance I just about gave up. I finally had enough and went to another flight school and things were my more professional there. I started training again on a Socata Tampico (POS) which they eventually sold and finished training with the Diamond Eclipse (katana) which was a great plane to fly and it was actually younger than I was. If I had the insight when I graduated HS I would have gone the aviation route as growing up I always knew I wanted to be a pilot. Alas I went to college and got a Bachelor degree like everyone tells you to do but I regret it every time I board a plane to fly some where.
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:03 PM   #29
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:18 PM   #31
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:48 AM   #34
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Just got my first Boxster last week! And yes, these are cars for pilots; especially fighter pilots. I recently retired from the Navy and I flew all variants of the F/A-18. Did that for 15 years. I now fly Hawker Hunters and provide adversary support to the US Military. Fun job. Not only do I still get to fly airplanes, I get to drive my Porsche to the hangar!
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:17 AM   #35
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Wanna be future pilot. Had started taking lessons in the early 90's on an ultralight with floats but kids & other responsibilities took precedence. Would like to get my PPL or Sport Pilot license at some point.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:43 PM   #36
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Thank you to all of you that served. There certainly are a lot of pilots that own Boxsters!
For those that are GA pilots and looking for a little bit of the thrill that military pilots enjoy, there is a civilian dog fighting school called AirCombatUSA - Air Combat USA.

I flew with them last year and had a heck of a time going up against my dad (He flew a few aircraft but retired flying the F-16) . He actually had a great time back in the saddle too. If anyone wants more information, feel free to ask, but there is a lot of information on their site. All their instructors are ex-military as well.
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Old 04-08-2015, 03:12 PM   #37
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:10 PM   #38
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I'm a Commercial pilot and fly for an airline based in Destin, FL.
I think a buddy of mine from high school flies out of there, his name is Mike and he used to fly the A10.

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