Swan Song

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Swan Song

Postby HAPPYDAN » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:55 pm

After 3 years of trying, 95 hours of flying, 3 serious attempts starting over basically from the beginning, and 7 different instructors; not to mention umpteen thousands of dollars spent, 3 ground school training courses (Jeppeson, King, and Sporty's), a 3rd class Medical (with added grief of initial denial), 2 student pilot certificates, hundreds of miles driven and flown, and - topper - a 3 week EAA Sport Pilot Academy, which resulted in more hours flown and just another solo, not-so-HAPPYDAN is officially throwing in the towel. While I truly enjoy flying, I have decided it is pointless to continue this fruitless pursuit. Thanks to all who have been so helpful and patient, and I do wish you all the best of luck in your endeavors.

Good Bye.
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Re: Swan Song

Postby joey4420 » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:00 am

Sorry to hear it isn't going to work out. Wishing you the best in your next venture.
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Re: Swan Song

Postby RTK » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:12 am

Wow Dan, sorry to hear of the decision, though with the tough road you've had, I can't say I blame you.

Since you've solo'd, what's holding you back from getting the endorsement for a checkride?

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Re: Swan Song

Postby TimTaylor » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:30 am

Flying is not for everyone. However, all your previous pitfalls are more-or-less sunk cost. The basic question is do you really enjoy flying and do you think you possess the skill sets to ever fly safely and comfortably. Also, does the expense of flying as a hobby fit into your budget. If not, then I would move on. Otherwise, I might look for another training situation where things can be more consistent.
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Re: Swan Song

Postby FastEddieB » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:52 am

That's too bad.

My only suggestion would be to not close the door completely. Slumps and discouragement are common on the road to a license. In other words, this too may pass.

But there are certainly a lot of hobbies out there that can bring excitement, joy and satisfaction. When I took a hiatus from flying for a couple years, I dived into motorcycling - and was pleased at how many discretionary dollars were freed up to pursue that passion.

In any case, if you find yourself in my neck of the woods don't hesitate to touch base - maybe I can relight that spark!
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Re: Swan Song

Postby drseti » Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:21 pm

Well, Dan, you gave it a fair shot. Sorry it didn't work out for you. If you're ever in Central PA and want to get some flying in (strictly for fun; no training pressure whatever), please do drop me a PM.
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Re: Swan Song

Postby foresterpoole » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:34 pm

Sorry to hear this, though from your list it sounds like that might save you some serious cash and headaches...

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