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  1. Half Fast

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    Flew this morning for the first time since my checkride and carried my first passenger along. My son Pryce went with me and had a great time. He loves airplanes. He was a CAP cadet when he was a kid and in high school he worked as a line boy at Jack Brown's Seaplane Base in Winter Haven. He'll be leaving town for his job in a couple of months, so I'll try to fly with him as much as we can until then.

    Weather was gorgeous this morning, no clouds, winds about 2 knots, and we flew out of Apopka (X04) and headed south for a short sight-seeing flight. I stayed at 2500' for the entire flight which was great for enjoying the view. We flew down to Lake Wales, got an airborne view of Bok Tower ( https://boktowergardens.org/ ), then headed back north and overflew my house in Haines City on the way back to Apopka.

    Winds were gusty back at Apopka, but I got us back on the ground okay and the plane can be flown again, so I guess it qualifies as a great landing. 1.5 on the Hobbs, and a score of 10 on the funmeter. My son loved it and is looking forward to going up again soon.

    And I have to say... It certainly was a pleasant change to make a flight without the engine failing six times, without having to land on a soft field, then a short field, then a soft field, without a cabin fire, without equipment failures, and on and on. :)
     
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    :) :) :)
     
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    Good grief.... how were you able to fly..??? :lol::lol::lol:

    Sounds like a good day..!!
     
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    Sounds like a fun flight. Congrats.
     
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    Flight instructors are bad luck. Something always fails when they are on board. :D
     
  6. Half Fast

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    I'm convinced they cause bad weather, too.
     
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    Yeah. During my flight review I had an alternator failure (simulated) oil pressure to 0 (simulated) and flaps failed (for real).
     
  8. jspilot

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    Great story! It's a flight you probably won't ever forget!
     
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    You're right. It ranks up there with first solo and first cross-country. And unlike those, today's flight was relaxing and fun and I have a son who will share the memory. Pretty cool.
     
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    I'm happy for you
     
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    Yeah it is amazing how memories work. I can still remember all the flights you described in your post even though they are 6 years ago! My first flight with a passenger was with my mom. She was so ready to go and she took tons of pictures. I still look at those pictures and I can practically remember the entire flight!

    Keep flying! Maybe your son will become interested enough that he will want to get his wings soon too!
     
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    Get a Gopro or camera and use it... The memories will last forever...:yes:
     
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    VHS was the shizzle when I was a young pilot. Hahahahaha.
     
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    Great family experience
     
  18. Half Fast

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    You young whippersnapper - I remember when the hot item was U-Matic.
     
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    The real struggle will be getting my wife into the plane. I figure half a bottle of scotch washing down 4 or 5 Xanax tablets might do it...
     
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    Just make that flight all about her... Where SHE wants to go and what SHE wants to do. When she realizes how useful the plane is she'll be all in. Just make that first flight as smooth as it can be. There's no need to demonstrate then maneuvers you learned in training...
     
  21. Half Fast

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    If I follow that advice, we'll travel by horseback. :)
     
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    :rofl:, Then maybe there should be horses at then end of that trip...:dunno:
     
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