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Offline BlueJaye

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Flying?
« on: September 29, 2019, 07:12:45 am »
So, this is probably the least likely hobby, but I find aviation fascinating. I started toward my private pilot license in 2002, but stopped for several years because I just couldn’t afford it. I am in a good financial position now and restarted my work toward my license this year.

Anybody else out there into aviation? Even RC aviation?

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2019, 07:19:54 am »
Hi BlueJaye, I am not a pilot myself, but my oldest daughter is (commercial licensed). Check out this thread here at Susan's place you'll find there are many here into flying.

https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239966.0.html

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2019, 04:46:28 pm »
Thanks for making me aware of that too!

Hmm. I'm a coder. There are lots of coders here. I'm a pilot. There are lot of pilots here. I'm trans...

I'm beginning to see a pattern. :)
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Re: Flying?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2019, 07:13:17 pm »
Thanks for making me aware of that too!

Hmm. I'm a coder. There are lots of coders here. I'm a pilot. There are lot of pilots here. I'm trans...

I'm beginning to see a pattern. :)

Yep! There are a lot of commonalities among trans women and trans men in terms of the things we do professionally and privately.

Glad to hear you’re also a pilot!

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2019, 08:45:33 pm »
I got my license about 10 years ago, I’m working at getting back into it. If you haven’t looked already do understand that if you’re in the us and you’ve started a medical transition you’ll need to get a special issuance on your medical. Yay de jure discrimination 😖.
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Re: Flying?
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2019, 08:55:44 pm »
I did fly sailplanes a long time ago but never ended up finishing out my license.  I plan on getting my fixed wing powered private license after I finish up this cursed graduate degree.  (that's doctor shame of the family thank you very much  ;)  )  And I'll probably go after my sailplane license afterward because some day I'll move away from this midwestern hellscape.  This isn't exactly prime territory for the one wheel and no engine crowd.

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2019, 09:06:12 pm »
I got my license about 10 years ago, I’m working at getting back into it. If you haven’t looked already do understand that if you’re in the us and you’ve started a medical transition you’ll need to get a special issuance on your medical. Yay de jure discrimination 😖.

What? When did this happen? When I had my class 3 a few months ago I gave a list of medications and they didn’t say a word. I’m assuming it’s because of clotting risk with oral estrogen?

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2019, 09:08:56 pm »
I did fly sailplanes a long time ago but never ended up finishing out my license.  I plan on getting my fixed wing powered private license after I finish up this cursed graduate degree.  (that's doctor shame of the family thank you very much  ;)  )  And I'll probably go after my sailplane license afterward because some day I'll move away from this midwestern hellscape.  This isn't exactly prime territory for the one wheel and no engine crowd.

Oh my, the Midwest is definitely not sailplane or glider territory. I don’t even know if anyone near me is into sail plane aviation.

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2019, 09:37:52 pm »
I really got spoiled coming of age in the deserts of southern Arizona.  Need a thermal?  Just look for a cloud and watch the variometer.

Powered is fun for sure but there's something serene about being up there with just you and the wind in a sailplane.

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2019, 09:54:25 pm »
What? When did this happen? When I had my class 3 a few months ago I gave a list of medications and they didn’t say a word. I’m assuming it’s because of clotting risk with oral estrogen?

I’m not an expert or a lawyer so I may be the one who’s wrong. When did you start transition?you’re ok after 5 years. We’re you given a dysphoria diagnosis? If not it may not be necessary.

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2019, 10:53:41 pm »
I have over 4,000 hours of flying time.
Owned a Piper PA28R200 Arrow, full coupled IFR.
Multi engine, IFR rating and type rated in many aircraft.
I transported aircraft up and down the coast and into the Caribbean, and flew priority freight.
In the mid 70's encountered severe ocular migraine headaches, I quit flying myself because of them.
I keep away from the airport because it tears me up going there,
like a drug addict looking at an untouchable  pile of favorite drugs in front of him/her.

Sailplanes? never! lost  a couple of engines, the silence is deafening!!!
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Re: Flying?
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2019, 05:43:33 am »
I’m not an expert or a lawyer so I may be the one who’s wrong. When did you start transition?you’re ok after 5 years. We’re you given a dysphoria diagnosis? If not it may not be necessary.

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/ame/guide/app_process/exam_tech/item48/amd/gd/

Yes was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and on HRT less than 5 years. Considering nobody has said anything I am wondering if it is more of a risk to say something than to just continue. I would probably lose my student certificate temporarily while I get a doctor to sign off again.

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2019, 08:13:21 am »
Sailplanes? never! lost  a couple of engines, the silence is deafening!!!

I fly sailplanes and the silence is fantastic. There is nothing quite like flying on the wind currents and updrafts. Birds have been doing this for millions of years and I am envious of how well they do fly with so little instruction. Bird brain?? I wish I had just some of their flying skills.

While the southern deserts are really good for thermals, there are other places where you can fly ridge lift and even wave. Most sailplanes have a trailer, so just pack up and go  where the lift is.  8)




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Re: Flying?
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2019, 01:37:12 pm »
Ridge soaring does look like fun.  Unfortunately I don't think we have much of that around here either but I'll have to look. 

I didn't think about the portability of sailplanes.  That's definitely something I need to consider.

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2019, 04:21:16 pm »
I fly sailplanes and the silence is fantastic. There is nothing quite like flying on the wind currents and updrafts. Birds have been doing this for millions of years and I am envious of how well they do fly with so little instruction. Bird brain?? I wish I had just some of their flying skills.

While the southern deserts are really good for thermals, there are other places where you can fly ridge lift and even wave. Most sailplanes have a trailer, so just pack up and go  where the lift is.  8)

  I am more impressed with their migratory navigation skills.
But yes they (birds) are great at it, they have had a bazillion years to perfect it too.

  I started flying at age 14 in a Piper Cub, got my license at age 16, grandfather paid for all the lessons.
When 18 I got my IFR rating, had to stop while in the army though,
they tried to convince me to go into army aviation after finding out my aviation background.
Would have been made  WO-2 after transition training, but it was a four year hitch, not for me.
Oh yeah I had an A+P also, earned that while working on birds to pay for flying time, mostly for the gas.
Let me tell you, it is a bitch to change a P+W R-2800 outside in the middle of the winter in a rigged up tent.

I live in New England, not the greatest for sailplanes, lots of trees and houses to deal with.
Further you cannot do a go around with one.
I have been VFR and suddenly a weather change and had to file an in flight IFR flight plan many times.
Yes today Doppler radar has greatly improved weather forecasting, but that is now not when I was flying.

One flight coming back from Pensacola NAS, flying IFR,
I penetrated a huge TC right after RAPCON told me the route was devoid of any such activity.
I got sucked up to around 23,000 feet and thrown out upside down, rolled her back over and grabbed the o2 mask of the back of my seat and put the plane into a 50 degree dive, pulled out at 7,000, dialed in the nearest airport's NDB, while heading to it, dialed in the localizer coupled it to the auto pilot and let it bring us down to the runway.
I, in the process told the tower I was landing on that runway with injured passengers on board, but not declaring.
The storm had hit there and left about six inches of water on the runway, when I touch down, the plane almost nosed over from the water. Plane was a tail dragger.
The weather station just happened to be in that terminal, I went in and told them what I thought of their observations.
Came close to punching the guy I had communicated with.
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Re: Flying?
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2019, 07:43:10 pm »
Now, now, I think some one needs a little anger management training.  :angel:


To be sure sailplanes are most definitely fair weather flying. Speaking for myself, glider pilots seem to be more aware of local weather conditions.




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Re: Flying?
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2019, 12:53:07 am »
. . . some one needs a little anger management training.  :angel:

lol MICHELLE B said she came "Came close to punching" . . . which is perfectly acceptable, not quite the same thing! So that was a major "ThunderCloud" updraft?

      I was flying jumpseat on a 707 short runway night takeoff out of Port-of-Spain. Father was right seat checking a pilot upgrading to Captain. Rule is if he touches controls then automatic FAIL. Departure control says something like "major T-storm just off end of the runway". No idea how many pax on board but dad turns to me and says "if needs be (with seat belt on mind you) cross your arms between legs and HOLD TIGHT to bottom of seat" . . .

      Well, needless to say, this 12 yr-old started paying a 'lil more ATTENTION 'cause upon wheels-up, unable to decide which way turn right or left, he "non-decides" to run straight thru the storm @ 'bout 1500 feet and THAT was about the bumpiest, most violent ride ever especially since sitting at the very front of the plane!
Afterward, while silently looking at each other and Happy to be Alive , I have no idea whether that guy PASSED or not!

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2019, 03:50:17 am »
All these rough ride stories make for good hanger flying, but as you know, the pilot in command is responsible for the aircraft.

Most sailplanes are single seat and we are taught to avoid bad weather. It is better to be safe on the ground than in trouble in the air.




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Re: Flying?
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2019, 09:04:21 am »
All these rough ride stories make for good hanger flying, but as you know, the pilot in command is responsible for the aircraft.

Most sailplanes are single seat and we are taught to avoid bad weather. It is better to be safe on the ground than in trouble in the air.

You are right, with what you are flying, fair weather only, besides Midwest/ Southwest is great for all types of flying.
That is why most of the WW2 flying schools were located there, the lower left quadrant of the country.

I was PIC (only pilot), flying a Beech DS-18 with and responsible for 6 passengers.
I was IFR almost the entire route, no weather radar or storm detector array on board, relied on ground for updates.
When you are in the clouds you have no idea what is ahead of you or how severe.
That is why you rely on ground info coming to you and what the instruments tell you.
I was on a "V" airway under IFR rules, advisories of other aircraft and weather conditions along with any suggested profile changes were from ATC.
Bottom line is, another one I walked away from.

Chloe, yes that was a huge Thunderstorm Cell, a "TC".
Dani, I took a ride in a two seat Schweitzer one time, did not care for it,
just like I would never jump out of a perfectly good airplane either.
 

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Re: Flying?
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2019, 10:24:03 am »
Ah the old Schweizer 2-33.  I've got a lot of stick time in one of those old birds.

Slow and hardly what most would consider pretty but they take a beating and since they're so slow you can often out-climb other sailplanes since you can circle so tightly inside a thermal.

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