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Old 16th Sep 2021, 14:20
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How far do you drive to fly.

I currently drive around 50 miles to get to my chosen flying club. It takes me around 90 minutes to get there. How long do you spend in the car getting to your aircraft. Longer? Shorter?
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 14:26
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I fly from a farm strip which is 8 miles/15 minutes away. Lucky me.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 14:29
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My choice of field was dictated by availability of hangar space (scarce round here, as in many places), I had few (if any) alternatives. Still, the road distance was only slightly less than yours - with a driving time of close on one hour, give or take - and it was one the reasons for my suspending flying.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 16:08
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Dont just ask if a field has hangar space, also ask if you could build a T hangar there.
It will cost you around 8000 but you can get that back easily when you sell so its an investment.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 16:38
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Originally Posted by Glider Steve View Post
I currently drive around 50 miles to get to my chosen flying club. It takes me around 90 minutes to get there. How long do you spend in the car getting to your aircraft. Longer? Shorter?
I see "Glider" in the OP's name...
I drive two hours, mostly at 55-70mph, to get to my glider club. I drive 3:20 at faster speeds to get to where I fly every second month with our equivalent of Air Cadets. I "only" drive about 30 minutes to get to the airport where I instruct in airplanes.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 16:59
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ask if you could build a T hangar there
Not a beginning of a chance. Every hangar that can legally be built has been built. Which is why hangar places are scarce.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 17:43
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Originally Posted by LTCTerry View Post
I see "Glider" in the OP's name...
I drive two hours, mostly at 55-70mph, to get to my glider club. I drive 3:20 at faster speeds to get to where I fly every second month with our equivalent of Air Cadets. I "only" drive about 30 minutes to get to the airport where I instruct in airplanes.
I am SOOOOO relieved to read that someone else has to drive as far as I do! I started out in gliders a couple of years ago, switched to power and now fly UK Microlights (sports aircraft I guess) and am just adding a rating to enable me to fly 172s etc. I still want to go back to finish gliding someday. You’ve restored my faith and renewed my commitment and I’ll think of you having another half hour to go when I next arrive at the club 😊
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 17:44
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Originally Posted by VictorGolf View Post
I fly from a farm strip which is 8 miles/15 minutes away. Lucky me.
i hate you already! 🤣
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 17:48
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Originally Posted by Glider Steve View Post
i hate you already! 🤣
Oh dear - you'll REALLY hate me.

I live a whole 2 miles from the gliding club where my share-o-plane (motorglider) lives in a T-hangar.

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Old 16th Sep 2021, 18:24
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During PPL, CPL and IR I was driven and picked up by my girlfriend, thoroughly amusing my instructors who milked that one for all it was worth. At that time it was slightly embarrassing.

On the 737 the ridicule continued when raised (tried to avoid the subject)... although I became immune to it by then.

Still can't drive a vehicle.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 19:33
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About 50 miles, all single carriageway, with 2 towns to go through. 1 hour 15 on lucky days.
( As a teenager I pedaled ~55 miles to Aberdeen Airport to glide, then back.)
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 20:13
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Well I used to live 10 minutes away from my flying base at White Waltham; a lovely drive along Berkshire country lanes

But these days its a 50 minute drive across a Table mountain pass then and along the False Bay coast on Baden Powell Drive to my new flying base at Stellenbosch....tough life
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 20:27
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There’s a few pilots (longhaul base in the U.K.) who commute from South Africa.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 20:29
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Originally Posted by Maoraigh1 View Post
About 50 miles, all single carriageway, with 2 towns to go through. 1 hour 15 on lucky days.
( As a teenager I pedaled ~55 miles to Aberdeen Airport to glide, then back.)
Should’ve spent more time speling than pedalling! 😂
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 21:46
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Originally Posted by Maoraigh1 View Post
About 50 miles, all single carriageway, with 2 towns to go through. 1 hour 15 on lucky days.
( As a teenager I pedaled ~55 miles to Aberdeen Airport to glide, then back.)
all power to you !! You’re on my Christmas card list now!
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 21:47
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Originally Posted by srjumbo747 View Post
There’s a few pilots (longhaul base in the U.K.) who commute from South Africa.
that doesn't count! 😊
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 22:00
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Spruce Creek Fl is the place to be. Land, taxi and park it on the drive at home. Wonder over to Downwind for eggs over easy.

Walk back and put it in the garage.

Marvellous.
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 22:30
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Originally Posted by Local Variation View Post
Spruce Creek Fl is the place to be. Land, taxi and park it on the drive at home. Wonder over to Downwind for eggs over easy.

Walk back and put it in the garage.

Marvellous.
Wonder or Wander?
Can’t anyone on here spell correctly?
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Old 16th Sep 2021, 23:53
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Originally Posted by flash8 View Post
During PPL, CPL and IR I was driven and picked up by my girlfriend, thoroughly amusing my instructors who milked that one for all it was worth. At that time it was slightly embarrassing.

On the 737 the ridicule continued when raised (tried to avoid the subject)... although I became immune to it by then.

Still can't drive a vehicle.
Ohhhh you had a girlfriend? What's that like? Ohh you fly a 737? aww man can you add me? Good contribution to the how far you drive to fly thread 😀
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Old 17th Sep 2021, 05:28
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Ohhhh you had a girlfriend? What's that like? Ohh you fly a 737? aww man can you add me? Good contribution to the how far you drive to fly thread 😀
yeah…..I did wonder about that one 🤔
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