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Fifty-four years of flying!

Old 13th Sep 2020, 04:59
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Fifty-four years of flying!

Last Tuesday was the 54th anniversary of my first solo flight at White Waltham in Piper Colt G-ARJC:


I always try to fly on or around the anniversary. This year, I decided to do something slightly different - I flew my club's whole fleet in one day!



I took a 2000’ tow in the ASK 21 B, with an instructor, since this aircraft is new to the club and I hadn’t flown it before. For the others, I took 1000’ tows for quick 10 minute flights. Today’s tow pilot very kindly allowed me to do one tow in the Pawnee.

The 1000’ tow in the DG-1000S turned into a great flight. Just as I was about to enter the circuit, I found a good thermal which took me to 7000’, allowing me to cruise around and enjoy the view. I spotted the ASK 21 B thermaling on a training flight and I flew over at 90 kts to join them. I joined the thermal above them and as I pulled up and started turning, I discovered I was almost wing-to-wing with an immature golden eagle, which was also thermaling! A special moment.

After about 45 minutes, I pulled the airbrakes out and descended to land, because there was one more glider to fly and my colleagues wanted to pack the hangar.


Everything packed away and ready for Sunday. “… when you get to use the aeroplane again, it’s an excellent landing!”
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Old 13th Sep 2020, 07:23
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Congratulations!

G-ARJC was still current up till 2017 with an owner in Scottsdale, AZ, as N23669. The registration is currently reserved, so I wonder if it's being rebuilt.
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Yes, congratulations, lucky you. My big sis took me gliding a few times at Bembridge. Loved every minute.
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Well done. I am very envious, having only just passed 31 years!
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Well done. You're ahead of me by four years. I too did my first solo from White Waltham in 1970 but I used the Aircoupe fleet (G-ATRY) Sadly it met its demise on the Isle of Wight in the eighties.

In November this year it will be 50 years since that flight and I hope to return to Waltham in my Archer and recreate my first solo to the minute. I still have the registration plate from TRY so will carry it on board with me.

Just hope the weather is not going to get in the way.
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Goodness, that induced me to check my original logbook: Aircoupe G-AROP on 19th September 1965 from Stapleford Tawney, on an RAF Flying Scholarship.

55 years, where have they gone?




G-AROP was written off in a fatal accident April 1969, mid air with Auster J-15 G-AMVN
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Congratulations I42! It's nice to be able to look back on that era of flying, and enjoy looking ahead too!
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Small world

Congratulations..also first solo in G,-ATRY which nearly broke off the nose wheel at Rochford Aerodrome around 1968. My thanks to two useless instructors who didn't teach me how to control a bounce. Only 52 years of solo flying and shall fly off a mountain this afternoon when the skies calm somewhat.

This afternoon

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Many congratulations and well done!

Only 48 years for me. I feel wet behind the ears surrounded by these impressive posts!
PA-28-140 G-AVYR at Elstree, 10 Aug 1972. I still remember every minute of the 10 that it took.
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Only 43 years for me. Though, my flying club bought the first Cessna 152 in Canada. It was a rainy gusty day, and my instructor sent me first solo in it. The airplane, with 33 hours total time (of which about half would have been ferry time), had about twice my flying experience during that flight! That plane flies in private ownership to this day, with more than 15,000 hours on it. Amusingly, one of the next 152's to join the club's fleet, also in '77, is still in commercial flight training service with another local school. 'Costs more by the hour now though.....
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March 1964 in a glider and a few years later in a powered aircraft.

Your club fleet of gliders looks impressive...shame there’s nothing like that in the UK.
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43 years since first solo in a powered airplane, 6 years since my glider first solo. I think the glider solo was the more frightening as there was a crowd by the runway and everyone knew I was an experienced powered pilot so It would have been really embarrassing if I pooched the landing.....
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BoeingBoy; I too did my first solo from White Waltham in 1970 but I used the Aircoupe fleet (G-ATRY) Sadly it met its demise on the Isle of Wight in the eighties.

G-ATRY also at WW in Feb 1971 - often wondered what happened to her. 35 Hour PPL course, 6 weeks starting 1st Feb. - 20 flying days, which seemed good for Winter. Nice idea to repeat for the 50th.
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Originally Posted by 3wheels View Post
March 1964 in a glider and a few years later in a powered aircraft.

Your club fleet of gliders looks impressive...shame there’s nothing like that in the UK.
There is at Lasham:

5xK21
2xK13
2xDuo Discus
1xFalke
3xDiscus B
3xGrob 102

4xRobin DR400
1xPawnee
A number of privately owned planes which can tow giving them up to 10 tugs when needed.

They also had 2 Skylaunch winches last time I was there
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Yep, forty years for me last week, courtesy of a Flying Scholarship at Compton Abbas on 8.9.1980 with the late Alec Blyth in Cessna 150 G-BDEW.
Happy days
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Nice to see a reference to PA-28 G AVYR. It was the first aircraft I owned a share in at Compton Abbas and I delivered her to a new owner at Earls Colne in December 2006. Unfortunately she was destroyed while parked at Earls Colne by a wayward landing 172. I started serious flying (gliding) at Dunstable in 1964 and I am still going 55 years later. However a 23 year gap in the middle disqualifies me from any record. I'm just happy to be able to still fly.
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Sent solo in C150 G-ATMN by Capt "Sweeny" Todd (with the massive wartime facial scar ) on 19th. Aug. 1967 courtesy of a Flying Scholarship at Cumberland Fling Club Carlisle. 53 years and still going!

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Originally Posted by Meikleour View Post
Sent solo in C150 G-ATMN by Capt "Sweeny" Todd (with the massive wartime facial scar ) on 19th. Aug. 1967 courtesy of a Flying Scholarship at Cumberland Fling Club Carlisle. 53 years and still going!
Just ahead of you Meikleour!

Still messing around with flying machines 53 years after my first solo (7 May 1967 in Chippie WK517 at Church Fenton).

Took my Cub to CF in 2008 for a nostalgia trip and got chatting to some YUAS cadets. When I mentioned that I'd soloed there 41 years previously there was a silence. I could read their thoughts - 'bloody hell, this guy's really old!'

'517 and I both still flying! Both really, really old now!

I'll grow out of it one day!

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Just a mere 48 years for me - but a longer record for the C150 I used for my first solo in1972. The aircraft was G-AYGC from the LAC fleet at Barton where it is still based today - although privately owned.
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My first solo also thanks to those wonderful Flying Scholarships. All of 62 years ago, in August 1958 in Tiger Moth G-AHXN at Marshalls Cambridge. My seventh flight and after 5h35 dual. My first go around too! The whole scholarship only lasted 10 days, for 30 hours, come rain or come shine (we had both), but I was still flying until fairly recently.

Photo: me with G-ANFI that same week.



Two months later first glider solo, also thanks to the ATC, in T31 XA282 at Hawkinge. Twentieth flight for 0h55. All those cold autumn flights lasting up to 3 minutes a go!

Thanks ATC!!

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