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It's time to sell the Tripacer. I've accomplished everything I… - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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It's time to sell the Tripacer.

I've accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish. I have 1200 hours of flight time, 250 hours of it in a twin (comparison: Continental Express hires copilots for their regional jets at about 800 hours, 100 of that in a twin). I've flown into and out of NYC a dozen times, including a few trips down the Hudson (both pre- and post-911). I've flown from Houston to San Francisco . I've been to Oshkosh, Sun and Fun, and Meigs Field (before they tore it down). I flew into Dallas-Fort Worth at peak time. On the other end of the spectrum, I've flown into more little grass strips then I can count, including one ultralight strip in Georgia where I cleared the trees at the end of the runway by less then 5 feet. I've done formation flying. I've flown IFR in a twin, and I've gone scud running in the mountains. I crossed the Rockies in an airplane with 150 horsepower - twice. I've made it through two partial engine failures and one landing gear collapse. I've done aerobatics in a Pitts, and flown United's 737 simulator (nearly crashed it, but that's another story). I've dodged thunderstorms over the Gulf, with no real radio contact and no radar, and I've flown over the water in the Florida Keys at 50 ft at 175 miles an hour. I (mostly) taught one person to fly, and a different person to fly instruments. I flew Angel Flight patients. I towed gliders for years, in aircraft that were sometimes less then airworthy. I'm rated in gliders, singles, and multi-engine aircraft. I have 200 hours of tailwheel time. I've disassembled an engine, changed a cylinder, and helped re-fabric two airplanes. I rebuilt the brake system on the Tripacer on the ramp at Van Nuys in an afternoon.

When I go to the airport now, I don't have a list of things I want to achieve anymore. I see a list of things I've accomplished, and things I have to do, but nothing I want to do anymore. So it's time to move on to something new that I do want to accomplish. It is not a moral failing to lose interest in something.

Gonna hurt like hell to sell her, though.

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scarybaldguy From: scarybaldguy Date: August 1st, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bummer. Were I in the market, I'd put in a bid for it (low and slow is fine until 35F is flying).
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: August 1st, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, if you change your mind a couple months, I'll make you a good deal, and I could even be convinced to deliver her. :)
scarybaldguy From: scarybaldguy Date: August 1st, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
A good deal, hm? Define "good." :P
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: August 1st, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
You've got email. :)
From: respice Date: August 1st, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)


So will you be keeping your license current, or letting it lapse?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: August 1st, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: License

I haven't decided that yet. I'm going to wait to see how I feel about it after I sell the plane - right now flying is so tied up in "working on the plane", "washing the plane", "cleaning the hanger", and so on, that I just don't want to bother. I may feel differently with all that stuff gone, and if I do, I'll join the Sugarland flying club.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: August 1st, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
so, have you figured out what you do want to do?

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: August 1st, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno. First on my list is getting my bike to a track and figuring out if I like it. If I do, I suspect that track days are going to start taking up a good chunk of my weekend free time...
acelightning From: acelightning Date: August 1st, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fair enough...

alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: August 1st, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's too bad :/

How much of it, though, is to do with the airfield being so damned far away? I know it discourages me - if it wasn't for the glider club I'd probably not have a share in a (broken) plane at the moment.

But then again, when I'm flying, and the windows are open, and I've just found enough wave to keep a power plane maintaining altitude, it's a different matter! Or when I'm in my Ka-8, at 4,000 feet between thermals, with the glider trimmed out, my hands off the stick and feet off the rudder for the last few minutes - the air completely and utterly smooth and almost silent at 32 knots...and it feels like a magic carpet, all I have to do is think and the '8 responds. Well, it's different then.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: August 1st, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
A lot of it is because it's so much hassle to fly. The 45-minutes-each-way drive sucks, half the time I get out there and something needs to be done besides flying...

Too much of "flying" has gotten tangled up with "owning an airplane". I know I don't want to own an airplane anymore. I won't know until I get rid of it if I still want to fly.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: August 3rd, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think what tends to happen though, is once you've not flown for a while, it becomes easier to not fly than to actually go out and fly.. it's happened a couple of times to me in the wilderness between Lusty Betty and the Auster.

Indeed, with our current engine woes, and our current terrible relations with the airfield owner (the glider club rather than me personally... but the airfield owner is an asshat of the highest order, and what hurts is that the airfield owner is totally and utterly ignorant on all things aviation and makes irritating decrees that makes things less safe) if the hassle doesn't go away soon I will myself have to make this choice.

The thing is I really enjoy it once the wheels leave the deck. But will I enjoy going out to sea more? (Well, I'll find out when we've fixed the engine in my Dad's boat, and I think I'll do the day skipper course at the college this winter whatever happens). It does become terribly tempting, what with Port St Mary harbour being walking distance, and the airfield being a 45-minute drive each way.
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