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So the Tripacer sold this weekend. She went to an amazing home - a… - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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So the Tripacer sold this weekend.

She went to an amazing home - a grandfather who was buying her for his grandson to learn to fly in. They also took the Bobcat, and the kid has made more progress on it in the last two weeks then I did in the 5 years I had it.

Someone told Michael, when he bought the Tripacer 13 (!) years ago: "The day you buy your first airplane is the second happiest day of your life. The day you sell it will be the happiest". The Tripacer wasn't my first airplane, of course, but I had her far longer, and was probably more attached to her, then I was to the Starduster.

But selling her, in the end, wasn't as traumatic as I thought it would be. Honestly, I'm more relieved that the whole "airplane selling" process is over. It's been absolutely nutty - I've had so many people call to kick the tires, a few people actually showed up to kick the tires, a dozen first-time buyers who weren't really ready to buy anything, tons of incredibly low-ball offers via email, and more people then you can imagine who weren't interested as soon as they knew the paint wasn't perfect.

Then this guy showed up. He sent me email, with no pointless questions, just "can I see it this weekend?". He didn't want me to finance it, he didn't care that the paint wasn't perfect, he'd owned plenty of planes before, he chose a reasonable mechanic for the pre-buy, and he understood that a 53-year-old-plane could not be expected to look like it just rolled off the showroom floor. I couldn't have asked for a better plane-selling experience.

Will I miss her? Sure. But I know she's gone to a much better home, and I honestly need a break. Flying's been a chore for the last few years, and I need some time off. I don't know if I didn't want to fly because I resented the amount of money I was spending, or if it was because I'd outgrown the Tripacer years ago, or if I've just done enough and I want to move on. The plan is to take a year off, and re-examine flying next fall. If I'm deep into something else, that's cool. If I really miss flying, I'll join a club, or look around for a partnership, or just rent.

And it's so cool to see this kid excited about flying!

Next weekend, I finish cleaning out the hanger. Then it's time to hunt down the windsurfing instructor again!

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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 22nd, 2009 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
You could always take up radio controlled helicopters :-)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 22nd, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
The point is to save money, not spend more. :)
oshawapilot From: oshawapilot Date: September 22nd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having done exactly that myself a few years ago, early on in the learning curve I often wondered what was more expensive - the real thing, or the RC models. :-)

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