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Are you a licensed pilot, having completed the coursework and flight training requires to obtain a pilot's license where you live?

If not, would you ever like to learn to fly -- why or why not?

asked Jun 07 '10 at 22:54

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I don't have one, but I used to be an F-15 Crew Chief. One time I got an Incentive Ride, which over international waters... well I'll let your imagination go on that one.

This isn't me, but I was one of these guys:

I gave it up to come out here to the civilian sector and make five times more money. I'd go back in a second.

answered Jun 13 '10 at 13:45

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edited Jun 13 '10 at 13:47

u were one of the cleanup guys?

(Jun 13 '10 at 14:47) nepdude101 nepdude101's gravatar image
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There are no "cleanup guys". The USAF has specialists for some areas of the aircraft, but everything else falls under the Crew Chief's jurisdiction. Washing, inspecting, launch/recovery, and most of the maintenance.

Where a pilot may spend 2-3 hours a day in a plane, we spend 10-12 hours a day under, on, and in it.

(Jun 13 '10 at 15:36) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

lol ok. whatever makes u happy

(Jun 13 '10 at 15:39) nepdude101 nepdude101's gravatar image

I do not have a pilot's license, and I have not taken any flight training. I don't have any plans to obtain a pilot's license, but I do enjoy accompanying my husband on flights. He doesn't fly very much, since we don't own an aircraft (most pilots don't -- they rent them from a flight school, flying club or pay a partial ownership fee to buy one with fellow pilots and share it among those who've paid.)

My husband is an FAA-licensed General Aviation private pilot (single engine, land -- not complex, acrobatic or anything wild like that) and he has his instrument (IFR) rating as well. The IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) rating, or ticket as it's sometimes known, allows him to fly in instrument conditions -- put simply, conditions in which the pilot must rely on instruments to navigate the aircraft, such as when flying through clouds, precipitation or darkness at night. I'm pretty sure his instrument rating isn't current right now, since you have to perform certain tasks to maintain that proficiency.

If you have any interest in learning to fly, or what it's like to fly as a passenger in a single-engine aircraft, pretty much any flight school in the United States offers what's called a "Discovery Flight. A discovery flight always involves an Certified Flight Instructor and usually costs about $50 at least in the Southern USA where I live. Most flight schools offer it, and it's simply a way for you to get a feel for whether learning to fly might be something you're interested in pursuing. The flight instructor will do all the work, but if you're comfortable (and under his or her constant supervision) you will be able to hold the control yoke of the aircraft and get your first sense for what flying entails.

Another good resource is the Aircraft Owner's & Pilot's Association's website -- http://www.aopa.org/letsgoflying/

answered Jun 07 '10 at 23:59

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edited Jun 08 '10 at 00:07

what is this? some kid of advertisement for ur husband?

(Jun 13 '10 at 13:20) nepdude101 nepdude101's gravatar image

No, if anything it's an advertisement for learning to fly. Since I am not a pilot myself, it stands to reason if I am going to talk about it I ought to include why I might have any information on the matter. In this case, the reason why is because my spouse is a pilot.

(Jun 13 '10 at 14:20) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image
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Some Flight schools (mostly flight clubs) also offer free "discovery flights" to people seriously interested in becoming pilots

(Jul 02 '10 at 03:32) Lestat611 Lestat611's gravatar image

Yeah, I mentioned that, Lestat611.

(Aug 26 '10 at 18:41) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

I do not have a pilots liscence, but i have always been fascinated with flying, espcially with going fast! "I have a need... A need.. for speed!" - top gun. would love to have a pilots liscence

answered Jun 07 '10 at 22:56

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Go for it! My husband had always wanted to learn to fly, and the day he took his first solo is still one of the happiest days of his life -- right up there with getting married and the birth of his first child.

(Jun 08 '10 at 00:17) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

I will point out that the civilian Cessnas, etc. won't have the same feel as the F-14s on Top Gun :)

(Jun 13 '10 at 14:25) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

You've got that right, though I have no basis for comparison. :)

(Jun 13 '10 at 14:33) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

my goodness no if i had one there would be mass distruction couse i would crash

answered Jun 07 '10 at 23:00

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LOL! I don't think that's true -- give yourself some credit. Actually, the general public driving vehicles on the roadways are statistically a lot more deadly to others than pilots of single engine aircraft (small, propeller-driven aircraft, not commercial jetliners and such.) Most small airplane crashes, if they result in death of anyone at all, involve the pilot or passengers dying, not anyone on the ground; the aircraft are simply so light and small, they're less of a projectile/danger to the general public than the average car/truck/SUV on the road.

(Jun 08 '10 at 00:17) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

I don't have one. But I think it would be cool to learn to fly so if I have the chance I would get one.

answered Jun 07 '10 at 23:03

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I will be considering getting one. The idea of flight, I think, is very cool.

answered Jun 07 '10 at 23:51

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I am afraid of heights, so I don't think I'll be getting a pilot's license soon.

answered Jun 07 '10 at 23:57

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I would love to get one. It's always been a dream of mine to fly an aircraft.

answered Jun 13 '10 at 14:31

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I don't have a license yet. I love flying and I even have some Flight Simulators. I would like one day to get one.

answered Jun 13 '10 at 14:44

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I want to get one sometime...but I think I should stop being lazy and get my drivers license first...lol. Another thing I want to do is skydiving, but that's another story.

answered Jul 01 '10 at 18:57

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