Good advice! If you have any concerns about your health, stay clear of designs that require a 3rd class physical. Lot's of capable planes for sport pilots, probably even more after MOSAIC comes out.
Do you have any physical impediment that stops you to build a plane? Or is it just an idea in your head?...............
My 17yo son has an interest in Flying of which I'm really happy about. He knows how much I love planes, and he knows that I never really got to live out my passion. I've explained to him that I'm getting older now, and I can no longer build a plane, and because of that I've also lost hope of even getting my license. I've explained to him that I've pretty much given up on planes and that it's just simply too late for me. I've encouraged him to chase his dreams and if it's Flying, then go for it and to not let anything get in the way, as I have done.
Sounds to me like you already have access to the absolute best partner . You and your son learning and building , making decisions together . My friend , it don't get no better than that . Get off that butt . You'll be surprised how it will sooth harsh memories of the past and set the stage for a really interesting and full filling future with your boy . Just get started and the rest will fall in place . I'm 72 with medical issues and don't really care if I finish my project but I'm havin a blast and the time of my life . Been doing this for 45 years and plan on tinkerin with it till the lights go out . Best wishes
I wish you well on your journey. Determination can overcome depression, but it sounds like what used to be called 'middle-aged crazy', to me.
I've seen myself flying a KR2 / 1 through the clouds many, many times. And yes, when I was 18 I did take the discovery flight along with taking lessons, so I know for sure I'd love it.Welcome to the board.
In many ways, dreams can sustain us. They offer hope and even excitement where daily life may be bleak or mundane. It's amazing, really, that we can see a picture of a KR2 speeding through the clouds and our mind can imagine we are actually doing it. For a moment we can enjoy the idea, getting all the excitement of the real thing (or better than the real thing) without spending the money or years of work to do the real thing. There's nothing wrong with dreams.
If you build a plane of the type you are describing, you'll need have a license to fly it. Have you taken a lesson yet, or a "discovery flight"? Just an introductory lesson or two will give you something to chew on, to think about.
Haha... I'll keep that in mind. Bears; bears will kill you.From where I'm sitting you're still a young man. I was 53 when I started the build on the airplane I'm flying now.
Build a light sport compliant airplane and go get a light sport certificate. No medical needed and they are fairly fast (120 knots), take two people, and if you build it you can do all the maintenance and condition inspection.
You've had a rough road but you can believe that everyone here has true stories of being brought through difficult times. They don't like us talking about religion here but I know where my strength is found. Having said that I was in the mountains last week with the wife and spotted a sign that said, "What does not kill you makes you stronger ... except for bears, bears will kill you!"
Where are you located? Might be someone near you that can assist you with your journey.
Welcome to the forum!
PS: Stay away from the bears ...
I love building things, and love the "idea" of building a plane. What would I do out the gate when i've finished building my GP4? Upon completion I'd hopefully have 100+ hours by that time, jump into my beautiful streamlined beauty, attempt to fly it and die. So yes, I would not go that route. But boy, how much I'd love that 3 minutes flying it.First off, you have plenty of time.
Choices of plane is tough. On the one hand, build your dream. If a GP4 is what you want, then go for it. That will win the shop war. This is really a two hobby hobby. One is building and one is flying, and in reality they have nothing to do with each other except airplanes in general. What would you do with a GP4 right out of the garage? Unless you know how to fly a high performance plane, which is really lots of practice in a high performance plane, it’s going to sit and look pretty.
You have a pilot path and an airplane path, and they need to meet. You really want to build an airplane that’s not too far above the flying skill of the day you finish. Why? Because you want to fly it. You don’t want someone else to be only able to fly it. Add to it, will the wife get into a plane like this? Most won’t. If they do, it takes years. Don’t bank on this being a travel solution. It needs to be a you solution. I would change the type a plane back to those early dreams. My personal pick would be a parasol. Pietenpol, Baking Duce, and my personal pick Acey Ducey. Sporty but tame.
If you are going to dive into pilot lessons and complete licenses and fly a bunch while you build, go for the travel planes. That’s not how it usually goes. Most end up concentrating on one or the other. I recommend getting the pilots license if you have to pick one or the other. First, the fun. Second, once you can fly, you can take people for rides and see if they like it. That can change the choice of what plane you really should build. One that does many things or one just for you.
Haha.. yes, I did say i'm 51. You got it, will do! Thanks for the smile. You are absolutely right.Did you say 51 yeas old. My socks are older that you I'm 81 and will be 82 on 8/22/22. My youngest child of 3 is 57 years old. You are just as old as you think, quit thinking old. That's an order
When you stop dreaming you have died. NEVER stop dreaming. Work toward that dream with all of your might. Do something towards your dream everyday, even if that something is dreaming more. The only thing that can stop you is you.
I had to memorize this poem when I was in the 8th grade and will never forget it.
It Couldn’t Be Done by Edgar Albert Guest | Poetry Foundation
It's obviously a subjective issue but I'd say an LSA can be used for practical and very enjoyable trips. The 600 lb useful load is considerable, and 120mph cruise is still faster than a car. Like all planes with low wing loadings, it will be a bumpy ride when the air is choppy. 20 gallons of fuel isn't a lot for travelling, but burning about 5 gph in cruise will still give you about 3 hour legs with comfortable reserves.As a quick note... I've also been looking at the CX7, which is an LSA. But a quick question to you official pilots; can an LSA really be a practical cross-country plane? with the speed caps and all?
As a new member, the forum spam protections may be in place. If so, they'll come off eventually.(Just noticed that my response earlier from this morning is pending moderator approval. So I didn't just reply to y'alls awesome posts with just an LSA question!)
As a quick note... I've also been looking at the CX7, which is an LSA. But a quick question to you official pilots; can an LSA really be a practical cross-country plane? with the speed caps and all?
(Just noticed that my response earlier from this morning is pending moderator approval. So I didn't just reply to y'alls awesome posts with just an LSA question!)
Ok, now heading off to Costco with wife...
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