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by TangoX-ray
Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Don't be Intimidated by the Tacti-tards (The basics are still the same)
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Re: Don't be Intimidated by the Tacti-tards (The basics are still the same)

JALLEN wrote:
cb1000rider wrote:
JALLEN wrote:My flying instructor, whose flying license was signed by Orville Wright,
Really? I don't know if that's a good or bad thing, but amazing he still had a medical.
It was a long time ago, Bill was probably in his 70's then, and instructors don't need a medical to instruct. They just can't fly on their own.

He was licensed in ~1930, Army Air Corp during WWII, and was a retired insurance salesman. He charged $10 a lesson, whether you rode around all afternoon on a cross country, or he met you at the airport and told you to do ten touch and goes solo. He didn't need the money. He just loved flying around in airplanes, especially when somebody else was paying for the gas.

Rules for successful flying:

1. Never land before you get to the airport.
2. Go potty every chance you get.
3. Never put yourself in a situation where you need more luck to get out of it than you can reasonably count on.

I logged about 100,000 minutes before I had to give it up. In those ~100,000 minutes, there were only 8-10 of them where I thought I was going to die, which I consider pretty good.
Those are pretty good rules. A few more good ones:

4. The only time you wish you had less fuel is if you are on fire.
5. Better to be on the ground wishing you were flying than the other way around.
6. There are old pilots and bold pilots, but very few old, bold pilots.

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