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    20 Years a Pilot Today

    As I wake up this morning with a view of Lake Hood in Anchorage, my calendar says that today marks twenty years since my private pilot check ride. In some ways it seems like it must be much longer than that because aviation has introduced me to so much incredible adventure, and incredible people (including my wife). Those who know the story, remember that I took flying lessons because of a fear of flying. An accident the same year I received my license, amazingly supportive friends and family, and great mentors and instructors helped me arrive safely at this anniversary.

    I could not find my "first solo" picture, but here is a picture of me with the first airplane I purchased (photo in 2001 at the first New Holstein fly in). Time sure flies.

    Thanks, everybody!

    sj

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    Look at all those little tires !
    Hope the next 20 is as good to you as the last.
    Doug
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    Congrats SJ.


    Seems that I followed you closely as I had my private check ride in June of 1999.

    Took me a wee bit longer to learn the fun of taildraggers though.......

    Continuing the "follow you closely" theme, I'll see you at show tomorrow or maybe tonight for a late evening beverage.

    Jeff
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    15 December, 1974
    "Put out my hand and touched the face of God!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by brown bear View Post
    Look at all those little tires !
    Hope the next 20 is as good to you as the last.
    Doug
    now he has a BIG tire. around the middle. Happy Birthday. Welcome to Anchorage!

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    Congratulations SJ!

    May 15, 1968 for me. 50 years. First solo in December 1967 in brand new Cessna 150. $13 an hour wet. $7 for the instructor.

    Now you can pay $7 for one gallon of avgas!

    Let the reminiscing begin

    Rich
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    Kudos for getting through those early trials. Most people would have quit, no doubt about it. I am sure glad you hung in there and created the best flying community on earth! Thank you!
    Mick Capouch
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