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I Am a Pilot

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    Total Electrical Failure

    I've been lucky to never have had an in-flight emergency, but I did have a small scare flying with a co-worker once. Frank owned an older Beachcraft straight tail Bonanza and had many hundred hours on it. He had the plane tied down outside of Banyon Air at FXE, and Banyon did the...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M Mar 24, 2012

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    Wake Turbulence

    I was on a cross country flight a while after my first solo flight. I was still flying out of Marlboro airport in Mass. in Cessna 150's. Gradually my range extended out further away from my home airport as my instructor approved me for it. One day I was flying near Hanscom Air...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 29, 2012

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    A kitchen sink to you is not a kitchen sink to

    me. Nobody thinks what you think, no one Empathy might be on the brink of extinction They will play a game and say They know what you're going through And I tried to come up with an artistic way to say They don't know you, and neither do I ~twenty one pilots
    MsLouisLane MsLouisLane 13-15, F Jun 22

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    The Blimp

    The Flying club I belonged to was based at Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale. There are many small airports in South Florida. Pompono Air Park is just a few miles to the north and east of FXE and is home to the Goodyear Blimp. FTL international is just a bit to the south, and...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M Mar 22, 2012

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    Flight Over Water

    One of the scariest things to do for the first time in an airplane is to make an extended flight over a body of water. If you are high enough you can always glide back to land if you lose the engine, unless the width of the body of water is too large or you don't have the...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M 2 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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    ATC Abroad

    This is something that does not affect US PPLs so much. In Europe, you fly a few miles and they are speaking in other tongues. English is the international aviation language but foreign flyers may only land at airfields that offer an English service unless they are proficient in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 31, 2012

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    Spin-dizzy

    I was in a flying club that owned a Citabria for about ten years. (I've already told the story about how I first found this airplane). The Citabria is a small two seater tail dragger, high wing monoplane. It is a nice aerobatic trainer (in fact the name "Citabria" is almost...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 12, 2012

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    When I graduated from college,

    I had already been a pilot for several years. My dream was to someday own my own plane, so that I would be able to fly wherever I wanted on a whim. Prior to getting married, my now EX told me how proud she was that I was a pilot, and how much she wanted to fly with me and...
    Passionateheartman Passionateheartman 46-50, M 5 Responses Feb 10

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    Student Pilot

    I am a student pilot with about 21 hours in the cockpit.  It's taking me longer than I anticipated, but I'm not in any rush.  I like going at my own pace.
    perfectinsanity perfectinsanity 36-40, M 8 Responses Nov 10, 2008

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    LTA

    I am a LTA pilot. Lighter than Air, or Hot Air Balloons. Some people do not consider this piloting, but it is flight, and in an FAA approved craft. At a rally several years ago, I was with another pilot, and we flew an astronaut at NASA. He was a nice guy, been up in the...
    ohnudeone ohnudeone 41-45, M 1 Response May 14, 2009

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    I'm a "Flight for Life" helicopter pilot,

    it's something I've always wanted to do. Not many people really get to enjoy something they love as a career, guess I'm just very fortunate. I learned to fly in the Army and was able to then use that experience later on.....not to mention I get to help save people's lives doing...
    aperry30 aperry30 26-30, M 3 Responses Apr 30

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    I Want To Return To Flight.

    From what I was told to fly, you either have it or you dont. It is there or it is not. Aviation runs through my blood rather I like it or not and I am third possibly fourth generation of family that is in aviation. When I was in high school, I was flying. I was working on my...
    proximacentauri proximacentauri 22-25, M 11 Responses Nov 16, 2010

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    I Have 100 Hours

    I learned how to fly and accumulated 100 hours. I loved it but then ran out of money and then got married and by the time I had enough money again I didn't have enough time. Crap.
    JacquieTG JacquieTG 46-50, T 6 Responses Aug 1, 2011

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    Crowded Skies Near The KSC

    Back in the early 1980's I was working for Racal-Milgo in Miami Fl. I had either just gotten my pilots license or was about to. A co-worker owned a Beachcraft Buccaneer and asked if I'd like to join him on a flight to the Coco beach area to watch the space shuttle take off. Two...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M Mar 21, 2012

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    Black Hole Effect In the North

    So this winter I was captain on the Piper Navajo based in Thompson, Manitoba.  Let me start off by telling you that the nights here can get effin DARK.  Especially before there is snow on the ground in the fall. So I did a charter flight to York Landing.  Its an...
    dszabo dszabo 26-30 7 Responses Apr 26, 2009

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    Best Flying Moment

    So, it took me several years to get my Dad in an airplane with me.  Not that he's scared of flying...he flies like 100,000 miles a year...it just never worked out right.  We weren't allowed to just take aircraft out at my flight school, training only.  So he had to...
    pilotjess pilotjess 36-40, F 5 Responses May 12, 2008

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    17 year old pilot ✈️.

    Started flying at 14. Soloed at 16.
    mainmummy mainmummy 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 25

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    My Dream

    I have wanted to fly since I was 6 years old. I finally took my first flight at 19. I can't say that I've loved every minute of my flight training. Some of it was hard. Some of it made me want to quit.   Every time I wanted to quit, I thought about what I was doing, and...
    pilotjess pilotjess 36-40, F 2 Responses May 6, 2008

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    Two Cases Of Live Lobster

    I learned to fly at a small airport in Marlboro Mass. The runway was less than 1700 feet long with a 50 foot obstruction (trees) at one end and a street with power lines on the far side at the other. It wasn't a difficult field to fly out of for a small single engine plane, but a...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 24, 2012

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    Minimal Time On The Runway ....

    I was a member of a flying club in S. Fl. that owned a Citrabrea. This is a small two seat high wing monoplane with "standard" gear, IE: a tail dragger. The Citrabrea is a good aerobatic trainer (the name is almost aerobatic spelled backwards), but it is under powered, only 115HP...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M 2 Responses Mar 20, 2012

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    I received my PPL in 1977.

    Didn't fly too much after that until the nineties Now I'm Commercial/Intsrument rated and working on the AMEL. I love it!
    skycladpa skycladpa 56-60, M Aug 20

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    My Worst Two Moments Flying

    I was active as a private pilot for over ten years and during that time I never had an accident or an incident. There were two close calls though where something could have gone very wrong if Murphy's law had it's way. My Parents had come down to visit with my sister and I...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M Mar 22, 2012

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    First Solo Flight

    I learned how to fly at a small airport in Marlboro Mass in the late 1970's. The runway there was 14/32 and less than 1700 feet long. The flight school used Cessna 150 aircraft which could easily handle the short runway with ease. I remember it snowing on a Friday with a fair...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M Mar 20, 2012

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    I didn't make this video,

    but I would personally like to thank whomever did......great quality and a beautiful song....Perfect !!!
    aperry30 aperry30 26-30, M Apr 30

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    ATC Talk

    This actually happened, no fake! A few years ago we were in New York airspace and overheard the following conversation: Pilot: Southwest 435, flight level 350, checking in. Controller: Roger, Southwest 435. Pilot: Southwest 435, previous center told us we can expect direct to...
    titejeans4me titejeans4me 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 4, 2012

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    Marlboro Mass Airport

    I learned to fly at a little airport in Marlboro Mass in the late 1970's There were two FBO's on the field, Don's Flying Service (Don owned the airport and ran a flight school), and Dor Aviation. Dor was a dealer for Belanca Aircraft and also sold used aircraft they got in...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M Mar 19, 2012

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    Island Flying....

    Its been a good day today, the weather is good, busy doing island hopping......nice blue ocean with exotic islands....its a dream!
    Johnny509 Johnny509 41-45, M 3 Responses Dec 12, 2012

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    My Flying

    HI everyone, well I'm a Commercial Multi-IFR pilot here in Canada, I love flying, and have so since a very young age. I'm currently working on my instructor rating. So if any of you have questions, just go ahead and ask. And gals and guys, remember, fly safe(r) Happy Landings...
    cdnpilot cdnpilot 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 12, 2011

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    I'M Not A Pilot

    I'm not a pilot but I think I lots are super hot and sexy. Who doesn't love a man in a uniform 😉
    WorthlessCumDump WorthlessCumDump 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 6, 2013

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    Homestead Airforce base Flyin

    Some years before Hurricane Andrew flatened South Dade county Florida, the Air Force would open Homestead AFB to the local public one day a year. Private pilots could fly into the AFB, and everyone got a tour of the place. I flew my flying club's Citabrea to the event. I came...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M Nov 1, 2012

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    I Am....(just About) A Pilot

    even though i'm 13, my whole life is centered around aviation. I can't get enough of that heart racing moment when the ground falls away and you become part of the sky. i love the feeling of my feet on the rudder pedals, and the plane coming "alive" at the start of the engine. My...
    frigidblue frigidblue 13-15, M 2 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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    The Crash September 2012 (chapter 1)

       It started out as any day for me would, walking out to my plane, a C-5 Galaxy.I took off as I normally would. I was in the air over the Iran/Iraq border going to pick up a damaged Humvee. I was nearing the base and boom! I started to hear the sound of explosions. I could not...
    Doolittle547 Doolittle547 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 19, 2012

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    Best Feeling In The World

    I wouldnt trade my pilots license for the world--when I fly Im free.
    lovesflowers14 lovesflowers14 18-21, F 3 Responses May 10, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    I have passed a Medical Class 1 Cert. I have passed all of the tests required in the school I am applying for. The only thing holding me back is money and I am saving up now
    understandmeagain understandmeagain 18-21, M 6 hrs ago

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    I don't get to go out often - maybe twice a year with some friends who have their own 172 - but it keeps me happy for months. One day, I'll build my own plane.
    marky12341 marky12341 26-30 3 hrs ago

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    Well unless you are actually standing on the wing for some airshow stunt nobody really flies on a plane but in a plane I  have done that a few times as passenger (might as a...
    Canuck05 Canuck05 41-45, M Sep 11

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    Car radio - Twenty one pilots
    eternalenvy eternalenvy 16-17, M 9 hrs ago

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    A helicopter was flying around above Seattle when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft's electronic navigation and communications equipment. Due to the clouds...
    GeneralRose GeneralRose 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 30

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    I was on the way to work and had the local NPR station on the radio. Years earlier I had lived in New York and had even been in the World Trade Center about a 100 floors up. While...
    profsci profsci 61-65, M Sep 12

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    I wished to be a fighter jet pilot in the air force since young but I guess it will never happen at all. My plans kinda ruined my dreamt career path, right now taking a double...
    ZADoubleMesser ZADoubleMesser 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 27

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    Consider a single think about the area and you also’ll see why its scenery was deserving of the large display screen. Tree-studded hills stand guard more than sprawling...
    Magalyid72 Magalyid72 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 27

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    Reserve with self confidence. We've been members of ABTA which assures holidaymakers get quite possibly the most from their travel and helps them when necessary.Cape Skinari is the...
    Willy52yt Willy52yt 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 28

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    StateWide Landscaping delivers a complete spectrum of earthmoving and excavating expert services for residential and commercial purchasers all over Perth. Effective management is...
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    Tysonlk318 Tysonlk318 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 4

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    Raiders: In 2013 the Raiders ended up a bit greater Total compared to Jets offense on typical, and significantly even worse on defense.An almost even break up while in the gain...
    Willy52yt Willy52yt 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 7

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    CBS Information national protection correspondent David Martin reports that the fighters who responded to your unresponsive plane at first noticed the pilot slumped over. But then...
    Wendolynce106 Wendolynce106 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 7

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    "Anything that will help the workforce out, everything to help you this staff win or give them an edge, I'm accomplishing the top that I can. And I'll carry on to do that and keep...
    Temple2516ja Temple2516ja 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 7

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    Obama looked at Michelle and said, * you know I could throw a $1000 dollar bill out the window and make somebody very happy* , Michelle shrugged her shoulders and said *I could...
    vickieprince vickieprince 51-55, F 9 Responses Sep 8

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    I’m not dismissing the chance that the Jets will roll about the Raiders and their rookie quarterback, but I’ve been fooled so persistently in the past that the next...
    Ardellaeh Ardellaeh 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 8

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    Yesterday I was talking to my friend Sara about 9/11 because it was yesterday 13 years ago. We talked about remembering the day which I didn't because I was only 3 at the time, but...
    KenzieluvsRupert KenzieluvsRupert 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 12

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    Set in a shocking lagoon, this pretty island is snug and natural. There’s no organised leisure, no youngsters, the staff are outstanding, and there’s a quiet still...
    Hiltonhn53 Hiltonhn53 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 22

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