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20 August 2020 - 5:19pm

I Bought a Plane!

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So last week I took the next step in my pilot career by purchasing an airplane! I have been renting an airplane for $80/hr plus paying gas, flying 2-3 times every week. That money added up, and I realized it was more advantageous to purchase my own aircraft. We had a few false starts looking at planes that didn't quite pan out (I'm 6 foot 2, and I can't fit in a lot of smaller planes), but ended up finding a plane that fit the bill perfectly down in Lacon, Illinois. That plane is a 1966 Cessna 172.

My flight instructor and I flew out commercially (he flies free and got me a buddy pass), and we went through Chicago to Peoria. We ended up taking the plane for a test flight after doing a walk through inspection. After landing, we asked the guy to fix a couple things and we grabbed lunch at a local small town diner. After coming back we did 5 minutes of paperwork and flew all the way back to Michigan.

It was a lot of fun flying back. We could see the scenery change and as we got closer there were storms in the air. We flew around a bunch of clouds at 9,500 feet and even went over South Bend, Indiana (the home of the University of Notre Dame). It was about 3 hours and change, which was much shorter than the nearly 7 hours it would have taken to drive.

I've done some work on the plane (oil change, spark plugs), and there's some left to do to get it perfect for renting out to others, but this plane is awesome! I know I'm going to have a lot of adventures with her over the years.

Oh yeah! I need to note that we named the plane Irene after my grandmother who passed in June. I pulled into an airport in Metro Detroit yesterday to pick up my son from his grandparents, and my aunt was there. I told her the plane's name and she got emotional hearing it. She said she went to the cemetery aftward to tell her all about the plane and its new name. 🙂

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24 November 2020 - 4:05pm
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I did it! Today I got the opportunity to solo my airplane! It's a huge day and a big accomplishment for me. My instructor and I did a couple landings and he got out and told me to give him three. I managed to do it!

It's amazing how much faster the plane lifts off and flies when it's just you in the cockpit. Everything seemed to go faster. I even had a hair raising moment where the engine sputtered (it was like 25F here) and then kicked in and I started veering off runway for a touch and go. I aborted the takeoff and just did the safe thing and taxied back for another try.

Here's a couple pictures. I have more that are going to be added as I get them 🙂

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24 November 2020 - 11:01pm
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Congratulations man that is so cool.

So ... er ... it appears that you ripped off your y-fronts to prove to everyone that you didn't soil them? 😂

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25 November 2020 - 12:09am
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Well done Slim, amazing achievement!

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25 November 2020 - 2:50pm
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Oh, great, I saw the video clip to the end. What a smooth landing, man, it was really good.

Please, share the hair raising moment, too 🙂

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25 November 2020 - 3:51pm
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Thanks guys!

Ed, that's my shirt. The tradition here is to cut off the back of the shirt because in the old days the instructor would sit behind the pilot and yank the shirt to tell them where to go. Now that I'm solo, the instructor doesn't need to yank my shirt anymore. They very well could be my undies though after that scary part.

Coolsongss, I'm working to upload the full flight (it's a big one, like 30 minutes) and once I get it up, I'll share it with you. It's only a second and although I thought it was really bad, it wasn't nearly as bad on the video as I thought. Things just slowed down and I put everything down as I could feel it going sideways.

It is an awesome feeling though! I was literally buzzing with energy through dinner time. I was too excited after doing it.

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25 November 2020 - 4:59pm
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This is the best landing scene in the movies, I think.

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30 November 2020 - 4:44pm
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Coolsongss, here's the full video. I clipped in just before where I tried the touch and go. You'll hear the engine rev up and go left before I just kill it and taxi back for another try. Not nearly as bad as I thought when I was doing it live!

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Oh, barbadosslim93, I just watched it, man.
It is pretty cool to watch an aviation video from 1st person perspective. It is really nice with the real engine sound. If the camera could be placed a bit higher and a bit back for wider view, it would be even better, man.

Great and safe fight!!!

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28 December 2020 - 6:01pm
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Thanks! I am playing with some different mounts here to find the best camera angles for filming. I have a mount on the wing that I'll try once too. Weather has been kind of crummy here with low clouds and snow recently, so getting up hasn't been easy.

Tonight I'm scheduled to do my first-night flight lesson. That should be wild. You lose almost all of your ground reference and just have to rely on those lights.

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Coolsongss, here's the full video. I clipped in just before where I tried the touch and go. You'll hear the engine rev up and go left before I just kill it and taxi back for another try. Not nearly as bad as I thought when I was doing it live!

wow that is so cool...
I even get jealous with my fear of flying

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29 December 2020 - 4:32pm
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Well, last night proved to be 2020 in a nutshell. I went to go do my lesson and while getting the plane prepped in my hangar, the avionics master switch decided to snap off in the cold. Technically you're allowed to fly without your radios, but it's not safe.

My instructor bought a plane earlier this month as well, and he flew in with his Comanche. We decided to go up and do a quick lap so that we could see how things are different at night. I snapped a quick picture, but there was a lot of turbulence, so it was shaky.

I'm hoping I can get a new switch quick so I can get back to flying!

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Well, I managed to get the switch replaced and got in my first night flight the other night. Caught a beautiful sunset, made four landings about halfway across the state and came home. Ended up greasing the smoooooooothest landing I've ever done. No bumps or anything. I walked away pretty pumped. Even my son (who rode in the back) complimented me on the landing. He also snapped a picture of the wing with the reflection underneath from the city lights.

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12 January 2021 - 6:03am
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beautiful !
thanks for the impressions

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My Partner has dreamed of flying in real life and having a plane, this is amazing, i've only seen alot of Flight Sim, but thats amazing congrats on that beauty!

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I did it! Today I got the opportunity to solo my airplane! It's a huge day and a big accomplishment for me. My instructor and I did a couple landings and he got out and told me to give him three. I managed to do it!

It's amazing how much faster the plane lifts off and flies when it's just you in the cockpit. Everything seemed to go faster. I even had a hair raising moment where the engine sputtered (it was like 25F here) and then kicked in and I started veering off runway for a touch and go. I aborted the takeoff and just did the safe thing and taxied back for another try.

Here's a couple pictures. I have more that are going to be added as I get them 🙂

In awe of that, its goergeous! my partner is so impressed with this! 🙂
I've just shown him the post as hes using his flight sim

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25 January 2021 - 2:51pm
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That's awesome! I log a lot of time in flight sim, too! I have been playing with a VR headset and it is VERY close to actually sitting in a cockpit.

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come on slim don't lie to us...we know that it feels better
flying in our own real plane...we can take it...hahaha😉😎

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Its Amazing in VR i tried myself , i cannot fly an airbus for the life of me on Sim but i try haha i tend to crash alot, my partner has been flying on sim for over a decade, he knew more about one of the planes than an actual pilot we met before lockdown lol, super passionate, sadly the cost of 100,000 is a hard thing to come by in Ireland when your stuck at home because of a virus lol

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Went on a cross-country flight (50 nautical miles or more) today. Was a real experience out there in the cold.

We hit a snowstorm in Muskegon on Lake Michigan and ended up being so cold that my transponder stopped broadcasting. We were about at 14F today for temp and in the air it was even colder with strong wind. We ended up diverting to a closer airport to home and did a landing there and came home.

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That is breathtaking my partner is looking at this in awe! that is such an amazing experience to be able to do! it really is 🙂 congrats to you, and props on that imagery <3

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