Hanging Up My Wings

Constructive topics of interest related to aviation that do not match the other section descriptions below (as long as it is somewhat related to aviation, flying, learning to fly, sport pilot, light sport aircraft, etc.). Please, advertisements for Viagra will be promptly deleted!"

Moderator: drseti

TimTaylor
Posts: 788
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm

Hanging Up My Wings

Postby TimTaylor » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:17 pm

After 53+ flying years and a few thousand hours, I have decided to hang up my wings. I turned 70 in December and have been thinking about this for quite a while. Now is a good time to move on with a flying history of no infractions, no incidents, and no accidents. I have quit twice before, once for 5 years, and once for 7 years, so it's possible I will fly again when and if my passion for flying returns.

I have 4 or 5 hours left on my pre-paid account that I will use up in the next month or two. Then, it's on to other things. I have already given up sky diving, snow skiing/water skiing, drumming, drag racing, and now flying. It's probably time to spend some time with the wife doing some things that she enjoys. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary in August.

It's probably a good thing I backed out of the deal to purchase a SkyCatcher. My best friend has also quit flying and just sold his Mooney. It flew away last week to it's new home.
Commercial Pilot Airplane Single & Multiengine Land; Instrument Airplane; Sport Endorsement Airplane Single Engine Sea; Flight Instructor Airplane Single And Multiengine; Ground Instructor Advanced Instrument

3Dreaming
Posts: 2328
Joined: Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:13 pm
Location: noble, IL USA

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:07 pm

I had a customer who quitat either 70 or 75, but would treat himself annually to a one hour flight with an instructor on his birthday.

TimTaylor
Posts: 788
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby TimTaylor » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:48 pm

3Dreaming wrote:I had a customer who quitat either 70 or 75, but would treat himself annually to a one hour flight with an instructor on his birthday.

Or get a flight review every birthday in case I decide to fly again??
Commercial Pilot Airplane Single & Multiengine Land; Instrument Airplane; Sport Endorsement Airplane Single Engine Sea; Flight Instructor Airplane Single And Multiengine; Ground Instructor Advanced Instrument

User avatar
Jim Hardin
Posts: 198
Joined: Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:33 pm

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby Jim Hardin » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:41 am

We all reach that point and it is good if you realize what needs to be done before someone else tells you :D

I have self grounded for the moment while I work my way through my second round of lung cancer. (Agent Orange = the gift that keeps on giving) But I do have a Flight Review scheduled as well a my first helicopter lesson!

User avatar
FastEddieB
Posts: 2452
Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:33 pm
Location: Mineral Bluff, GA

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby FastEddieB » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:49 am

If and when you get the itch, I’d be happy to let you take the controls of the Sky Arrow.

Good luck! You do have a lot of aviation memories to reflect back upon.
Fast Eddie B.
Sky Arrow 600 E-LSA • N467SA
CFI, CFII, CFIME
FastEddieB@mac.com

User avatar
drseti
Posts: 5775
Joined: Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:42 pm
Location: Lock Haven PA
Contact:

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby drseti » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:14 am

As I near 72, I realize that day will come for me too, eventually. I just hope I'm able to make the decision as gracefully as you seem to have.
The opinions posted are those of one CFI, and do not necessarily represent the FAA or its lawyers.
Prof H Paul Shuch
PhD CFII DPE LSRM-A/GL/WS/PPC iRMT
AvSport LLC, KLHV
fly@AvSport.org
AvSport.org
facebook.com/SportFlying
SportPilotExaminer.US

User avatar
Scooper
Posts: 119
Joined: Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:29 pm
Location: San Francisco, CA

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby Scooper » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:05 am

Tim, it sounds like you've already made up your mind, but I'm in pretty much the same boat (75 years old, private pilot since 1964, ~3500 hours with some periods of not flying, no accidents, incidents, or deviations), and have decided to continue flying for the foreseeable future. I have my primary care physician test me for signs of cognitive deficit as part of my annual physical, have a thorough flight review every two years, and believe I can still fly safely.

AOPA Air Safety Institute has an on-line course, Aging Gracefully, Flying Safely, that I encourage you to take before you call it quits. It takes less than an hour and presents the issues related to safe flying as we get older along with ways to compensate for the inevitable results of aging. You just might change your mind. One of the points made in the course is that flying frequently helps you keep your edge.

https://flash.aopa.org/asf/aginggracefully/swf/flash.cfm?
Stan Cooper (K4DRD)
Private Pilot ASEL LSRI
Image
Experimental AMD CH601XL-B LSA N601KE (KOAK)

3Dreaming
Posts: 2328
Joined: Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:13 pm
Location: noble, IL USA

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby 3Dreaming » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:11 am

My dad told me he would like to do some flying when the weather warms up a bit. He hasn't flown in about 12 years, because his airplane was damaged. Now that the airplane is back airworthy we will see how it goes. I hope to have my oldest son's private pilot completed by summer, so maybe him and grandpa can do some flying together. Dad is 85, and his flying career started 70 years ago.

As a side note to age and flying. I remember a story about Steve Wittman. For his 90th birthday he performed a low level aerobatic routine in his V-Witts racer for friends and family who had gathered to celebrate his birthday. That was a pretty amazing feat by my standards.

TimTaylor
Posts: 788
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby TimTaylor » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:48 pm

Thanks for all the comments. Currently, I believe my flying skills and cognitive abilities are fine. I would not want to jump in a twin and fly IFR, but VFR in a SkyCatcher is not a problem. I just want to quit while I'm at the top of my game and not sliding down the backside. I have also lost some of the joy that should come from flying. My budget is a little tight, but I have to start making mandatory withdrawals from IRA's that solves that.

I'll stop for now and see how things go and how I feel about it in a year or so. We will have the mortgage paid off before long that will also make a huge difference. Who knows, I may be back with an RV12 and a hanger.
Commercial Pilot Airplane Single & Multiengine Land; Instrument Airplane; Sport Endorsement Airplane Single Engine Sea; Flight Instructor Airplane Single And Multiengine; Ground Instructor Advanced Instrument

Nomore767
Posts: 899
Joined: Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:30 pm

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby Nomore767 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:11 pm

Perhaps this would be a perfect time to run for office?!

Senator Tim Taylor (GA) has a certain ring to it!

TimTaylor
Posts: 788
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby TimTaylor » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:23 pm

Nomore767 wrote:Perhaps this would be a perfect time to run for office?!

Senator Tim Taylor (GA) has a certain ring to it!

Maybe if I lived in the Northeast.
Commercial Pilot Airplane Single & Multiengine Land; Instrument Airplane; Sport Endorsement Airplane Single Engine Sea; Flight Instructor Airplane Single And Multiengine; Ground Instructor Advanced Instrument

User avatar
WDD
Posts: 116
Joined: Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:39 pm
Location: Louisville, KY

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby WDD » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:51 pm

TimTaylor wrote:Then, it's on to other things. I have already given up sky diving, snow skiing/water skiing, drumming, drag racing,


Didn't get around to Running with the Bulls, lion taming, or jumping the snake river on a motorcycle?

User avatar
drseti
Posts: 5775
Joined: Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:42 pm
Location: Lock Haven PA
Contact:

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby drseti » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:57 pm

TimTaylor wrote:
Nomore767 wrote:Perhaps this would be a perfect time to run for office?!

Senator Tim Taylor (GA) has a certain ring to it!

Maybe if I lived in the Northeast.


Move here, and I'll help run your campaign.
The opinions posted are those of one CFI, and do not necessarily represent the FAA or its lawyers.
Prof H Paul Shuch
PhD CFII DPE LSRM-A/GL/WS/PPC iRMT
AvSport LLC, KLHV
fly@AvSport.org
AvSport.org
facebook.com/SportFlying
SportPilotExaminer.US

TimTaylor
Posts: 788
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby TimTaylor » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:58 pm

WDD wrote:
TimTaylor wrote:Then, it's on to other things. I have already given up sky diving, snow skiing/water skiing, drumming, drag racing,


Didn't get around to Running with the Bulls, lion taming, or jumping the snake river on a motorcycle?

I didn't, but my son ran with the bulls. He pretty much traveled the world and spent 2 years in Sydney, AU getting his MBA. That's where $72,000 of my airplane money went. However, although it was not a loan, he ended up paying me back every penny over about 10 years.
Last edited by TimTaylor on Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:21 pm, edited 4 times in total.
Commercial Pilot Airplane Single & Multiengine Land; Instrument Airplane; Sport Endorsement Airplane Single Engine Sea; Flight Instructor Airplane Single And Multiengine; Ground Instructor Advanced Instrument

TimTaylor
Posts: 788
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm

Re: Hanging Up My Wings

Postby TimTaylor » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:01 pm

drseti wrote:
TimTaylor wrote:
Nomore767 wrote:Perhaps this would be a perfect time to run for office?!

Senator Tim Taylor (GA) has a certain ring to it!

Maybe if I lived in the Northeast.


Move here, and I'll help run your campaign.

That sounds good. I already sent Bernie my proposed income tax plan.
Commercial Pilot Airplane Single & Multiengine Land; Instrument Airplane; Sport Endorsement Airplane Single Engine Sea; Flight Instructor Airplane Single And Multiengine; Ground Instructor Advanced Instrument


Return to “Hangar Talk”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests