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08-10-2017 12:24 PM  69 days agoPost 41
gmcullan

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I found that R/C experience seemed to make full size flight training easier. I soloed at 8 hours and got my ticket (Private Pilot, SEL) at 45 hours. After 500+ hours, I can not pass a Class 3 medical exam. People have said to self certify under the sport pilot rules, but in conscience I can't do that. There are times that I am significantly regretful that I can no longer exercise the privilege of Pilot In Command. But then I have to remind myself that I have 500 hours more than someone whom has always dreamed of flight and then never had the opportunity

The special treat of a hour of dual that my wife got for me last year in a Robinson R44 was a wonderful experience. Flight characteristics were delightful, and having started with R/C helicopters in 1974 through to the present had ingrained a good understanding of how the flight controls worked and interacted.

Flying the aircraft was easy. The avionics suite was a whole 'nother adventure. I think that at this point in time, at least for me, the avionics would require more training than actually flying the aircraft.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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