New Guy

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New Guy

Posted by Thomas Woodside on Feb 5, 2018 10:32 am

I just commented on a thread as if I'm an old-timer around here and it occurred to me that I haven't properly introduced myself to everyone.  So, both aplogies and greetings to all!

I'm a newly minted Private Pilot as of October 2017.  Homebased in Midland, TX at Midland Airpark (KMDD).  Just passed the 100 hr mark, if that's a thing.  Formerly a Naval Flight Officer in E-2 Hawkeyes in a past life.  So, I might be able to lend a hand to anybody that is trying to train up for the military, but my advice will most likely be dated since I got out almost 10 years ago.  But, that experience made me pretty good on the radios for my PPL training.  So, my experience with training may differ from most since that seems to be a stumbling block for a lot of people.  I just created different stumbling blocks for myself.  I think I screwed up about everything I could find during training, but I sounded cool while doing it!

The Private Pilot thing has been a life-long dream of mine, so when I turned 40 that was the birthday present I gave myself over several objections from my better half.  So far, I'm only qualified in a C172, I've been building time in a friend's 1964 Cessna 172E.  Plus, I'm slowly working towards a High Power/Complex qual in a Bonanza as time, money, aircraft and instructor availabilty allow.  Owning a Bonanza someday is my new goal.  I love that airplane.  It flies very much like the T-34's I originally learned in.  After the HP/Complex qual, I'll go for the IFR qual.  But, I have no illusions of trying to earn a living by flying.  It's all just for fun and getting from Point A to Point B for me.

Anyway, I look forward to getting to know everyone on the forums here and learning as much as possible from the group.
-Tom
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Re: New Guy

Posted by James Price on Feb 13, 2018 10:27 am

I am wondering why you would not have taken advantage of the free commercial liscense by virtue of being a military pilot, no check-ride etc.  A current flight review and medical/basic med
is all that would have applied.  My nephew flew in these, only I found that he was an electronic officer and not a pilot.  Now he is and wonders why he missed out on that.  Jim P

Re: New Guy

Posted by Thomas Woodside on Feb 19, 2018 10:01 am

James Price:
I am wondering why you would not have taken advantage of the free commercial liscense by virtue of being a military pilot, no check-ride etc.  A current flight review and medical/basic med
is all that would have applied.  My nephew flew in these, only I found that he was an electronic officer and not a pilot.  Now he is and wonders why he missed out on that.  Jim P

I have the same story as your nephew.  I was a back seat guy so I was qualified to fly exactly nothing when I got out.  I went in wanting to be a pilot but some recruiter shenanigans kept me in the back seat.  But, I have no regrets.  I loved my time in the Navy.  

Re: New Guy

Posted by Peter Kuhns on Feb 26, 2018 8:03 am

If you can find an airport neighbor with a Tiger or Cheetah I don't think you'll regret trying it out. It flies just like a Bo... 

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