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  •  This was a neat diary (6+ / 0-)

    to read here.  Thanks for that.

    I'm a 21-hour student training in west-central Florida flying a 172M.  I've wanted to fly for years, and enjoyed airplanes even longer, and one day last year decided to stop by the airport (KPIE) on the way home.  My first lesson was a few days later.

    Training costs are tough for someone with my budget (not much), so I can only work in a lesson about once every three weeks, but at least I'm livin' the dream every 3rd week!  My next lesson is a pre-solo check with the chief flight instructor, so hopefully my first solo will come within a month or so.

    Anyhow, hope to read more diaries like this here in the future.  Thanks.

    •  Rule #1 (3+ / 0-)
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      markdd, marsanges, FarWestGirl

      Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down. Especially important when in close proximity to the ground.

    •  I got my instrument rating at PIE (1+ / 0-)
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      Otteray Scribe

      I got started for my private at Clearwater Airpark in 2003 before a new flight school owner forced all the good instructors to a school at PIE.  It was a unique little aviation community at CLW, but it was good to get controlled airport experience at PIE.  
      Keep at it, it's all good!

      Well, I guess I don't know what you mean by "equal justice under the law." - Bushy McSpokesperson

      by gatorcog on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 08:28:02 AM PDT

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      •  I looked at CLW (1+ / 0-)
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        for training but settled on a school at PIE as the rental rates were a touch lower.  I've found the towered environment fun; radio comms seem to come naturally for me.

        Do you still fly in the area?

        •  I'm still in the area (1+ / 0-)
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          but finances forced me to quit flying a few years ago.  Hopefully economic conditions will improve and I can get back into it someday.

          Well, I guess I don't know what you mean by "equal justice under the law." - Bushy McSpokesperson

          by gatorcog on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 10:30:08 AM PDT

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          •  I understand that (1+ / 0-)
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            Otteray Scribe

            situation.  It's awfully expensive, and I struggle to come up with the funds fairly regularly.  But I figure I'll keep pushing ahead until I get my certificate, and even circumstances force me to take a long hiatus from flying, I'll already have the certificate that I'll just need to get current.

            Hope you get back in to it someday!

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