mmo wrote:Being retired, the last thing I want do do is fly. With over 24,000 hours, I've had enough.
aeropix wrote:mmo wrote:Being retired, the last thing I want do do is fly. With over 24,000 hours, I've had enough.
Wowzers, thanks for the input there Mr. Downer! I'm really sorry the airline game sucked the passion out of you. Unfortunately I see this in perhaps at least half if not the majority of the people that I fly with. Sure I only have 15,000 hours as of yet but I can't imagine NOT flying when I retire.
I take great joy in every aircraft rental whenever I'm on an accessible layover and I too dream of owning an aircraft when I retire. My dream aircraft is a TBM-950 or PC-12 but my realistic goal is a Cherokee-Six or Piper Malibu class aircraft..
Mr. Downer, do you realize that even today, less than 10% of the worlds population alive now has every even been on an airplane, had the privilege of seeing our planet from the unique perspective of the air? I know it's easy to get jaded and I am not trying to project my sensibilities on to youor anyone else. It just really saddens me when I see people who do not appreciate the tremendous gift of opportunity they've been given in life and I think it's helpful to "pull the lens back to wide angle" sometimes and take stock of the opportunities you've been endowed, including the privilege of being in the sky, and the chance to be at the controls is truly for the "less than 1%" so that's a special bonus to be cherished rather than blithely tossed aside at the end of a career.
With all that being said, I find that the safety advantage of light twins is overrated and the bloated insurance quotes attest to that. Find a good six place single that'll do 150kts and you'll be golden both for transport and your pocketbook.
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