Are there any other pilots here?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Greyscale Rainbow, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Greyscale Rainbow

    Greyscale Rainbow In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2008
    Bristol, England
    I fly gliders (sailplanes) although a lot of people tend not to know what they are, so here's a picture:

    Although you're more likely to find me flying one of these (a training glider, a K13).

    I haven't gone solo yet due to a broken knee and then exams, which has basically caused me to stop flying between January and June of this year.

    Is anyone else a pilot - gliders or powered or otherwise?
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    no flyer here but thanks for posting those pics, I didn't know what they were or what they looked like. Very beautiful. My goodness, the wheels are so close to the body, the landings would terrify me! Thanks for sharing.
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Ive always wanted to fly a sailplane - a dream of mine. Although unlikely to come true.

    Does flying RC count? Ive done that, although out of practice.
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    My 82 year old dad does this once a year in Elmira, New York. He just loves it.
  5. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    I'm a pilot of;
    Cessna 172
    cessna 152
    Cessna 150
    Paratech P-43 paraglider
    Paratoys Blackhawk 172 powered paraglider
    Dream II tandom hang glider.

    "nothing more useless than altitude above you, runway behind you, and gas back at the pump..."
  6. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Very very impressed, that first pic is fantastic! I would be scared to death, three steps up a ladder and my knees quake!
  7. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    It sounds funny, but I know two paragliders that won't climb a ladder to change a light bulb.
    It seems a fear of heights has nothing to do with flying?!?
    I've known them for about four years now, I still can't figure it out. [​IMG]
  8. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Quote:It's funny but I'm like that. I have some sport parachute jumps and quite a few military jumps. Also rapelling. I hate heights but once I'm hooked onto the rope and over the edge for rapelling I'm OK.

    Same thing with jumping. I've been on some plane rides (low level Air Force flying) where I couldn't wait to hook up and get out the door.

    The original post. I'm not a pilot but I do have stick time in an OH-58 and UH-1.
  9. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I don't fly but DH was a flight instructor for years.We even got engaged in the sky! He has his instrument ratings and all that. Pretty much only thing he's not rated for is a helicopter.
  10. Greyscale Rainbow

    Greyscale Rainbow In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2008
    Bristol, England
    Quote:The Soaring Society of America tells me that there are 3 gliding clubs in SC, at Jefferson, Ridgeland and Spartanburg. (at Jefferson, various options from $75) (at Spartanburg, flights are $75 and last 25-30 minutes depending on the weather. (at Ridgeland, doesn't seem to have any info on trial flights, but the SSA website says it does them)

    I know at my gliding club we get people up all the time for trial flights. They usually come down with an inane grin, and some even join [​IMG] Dad got a few colleagues to come up with him a couple of weeks ago, including one who was terrified of heights. He was talked into going up, and he thoroughly enjoyed it. The funny thing is that when you are up there, you don't feel like you're a long way up, it's almost like you're looking down at a picture of the patchwork countryside about 10ft beneath you. As silkhope said, "stop wishing and start living " [​IMG]

    BTW prices are a lot cheaper once you join - our trial flights are £35 a shot, but I only pay £5 something per flight (that's for juniors, for adult instructional flights it's £6 something a go).

    Apart from K13s, I've also flown a K10, a DG500 and a Cessna 150 (powered, belongs to my dad's friend). I'm hoping to fly one of the club's brand new PW6s soon . . . only thing is I have to sort out some lead because you need to be a certain weight and I'm not heavy enough (I'm 98 pounds).

    Seismic - who needs fuel? It only makes the planes burst into flame when they crash [​IMG]

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