View Poll Results: Would you accompany your partner on their first flying lesson?

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  • Sure! Sounds like a great adventure!

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  • Only if my partner doesn't buy my lame excuses

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    I'm sorry it wasn't a more enjoyable experience.
    When I was a kid (teen/young adult), one of my favorite things in the world was to go to the little airport in the White Mountains (North Conway) and ride in the small planes, open cockpits and gliders. If you were up for it, the pilots would do fun maneuvers and I was always up for it! I was never the one piloting though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bae View Post
    That's fake news. They are deathtraps, not aircraft. I work with them every week, and you won't see me getting in one myself unless I am dying :-)
    Few things in life compare to being strapped into worn canvas netting with the doors open while an exuberant spirit pilots an aging UH-1 close to the ground.

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    Definitely an experience and great that you are both considering it a successful one! Congrats all around!
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    My experiences were doing high lake surveys for the state in a Mash type chopper with a bubble cockpit and open doors. Exploration geologists had tied up more altitude capable crafts like the Jet Rangers at the time. We flew over herds of elk browsing in meadows and among breathtaking mountain scenery. Downsides were the buzzers and red warning lights that came on at about 12,000 feet and a non-functing fuel guage. The pilot fueled up based on flight time and used a wooden yardstick dipped into the fuel tanks as a guage. One time we landed in field to check fuel and the yardstick was barely moist. Auto rotate had been discussed.

    An incredible experience for a live forever youth, but the start of my flight avoidance. I'm even not too hot on commercial airlines, but it can be a necessary evil.

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    Yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar View Post
    The pilot fueled up based on flight time and used a wooden yardstick dipped into the fuel tanks as a guage. One time we landed in field to check fuel and the yardstick was barely moist.
    This reminds me of that classic scene in "And Justice For All" when Al Pacino goes with the crazy judge in an airplane (or was it a helicopter?) and the judge tells him about the game he plays where he guesses when he's used up half the gas in the tank to see if he can make it back safely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    This reminds me of that classic scene in "And Justice For All" when Al Pacino goes with the crazy judge in an airplane (or was it a helicopter?) and the judge tells him about the game he plays where he guesses when he's used up half the gas in the tank to see if he can make it back safely.
    In our case fuel was a weight consideration and would have been ok except for having to go around a storm and then getting lost.

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    Oh my goodness, Rogar, that is an amazing set of memories. I love the vision of the elks from the air.

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