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Old 12-04-2013, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Round Rock
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Anyone have recos on which company to use? Thinking of airpark near Pfluugerville. I learned to fly before I learned to drive. 45 years ago & want my kids to experience the wonder. :-D They have everything and I am at a loss for gift ideas.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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My husband is a law enforcement pilot for the State of Texas, as well as a flight instructor, and he likes the school at the Georgetown Airport.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Round Rock
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Excellent. One school there? # of instructors? Different personalities. My secondary instructor went to SA, last I heard he was incarcerated. Great instructor - guess boring students drove him over the edge :-D
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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Pilot's Choice, I think, is the one he likes. He hasn't instructed there himself, and didn't get his training there, but with over 17,000 hours of fixed wing and 2000 helicopter, I'd trust his judgement. Sorry I don't have more details -- so NOT a pilot myself! :-)
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Just to de-plane(as opposed to derail) the thread a bit...a few years back, DW gave me my first flying lesson as a birthday gift. Only time I've been up in something as small as that 4 seater. Felt like flying a Miata, only you couldn't stop and get out if something went wrong. Haven't been back up since.

In other words, good on ya for trying to start the flying interest at a 'younger' age. Maybe I spent too many years with my feet planted firmly on the ground

I think it's a great idea to learn to fly...maybe I'll try it next go-round
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Round Rock
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10scoachrick - don't give up! I learned to fly before I learned to drive. Started flying at 14, could not solo until I was 16, but had a private pilots license on my 17th birthday (earliest I could check ride). Of course this was back when an hour of flight time in a Cessna 150 was $17. My dad learned to fly at the same time. Some people were "house poor;" we were "plane poor." As Dr. Seuss would say "oh the places I went and the people I met....." Every time I was allowed to drive the car to school, I would skip and go fly (not much motivation for me & my grades were still A's)
I grew up in the Northeast, met a fellow girl pilot, changed uni and moved to the south so we could go to the same uni. We flew every time we had enough money. Discovered crop dusting and aerobatics - no cockpit of course. I can still feel the harness holding me as we flew every way but straight ahead. Flying changed my life I wish I could afford to fly now; next life maybe.
As a chuckle for some, my guidance counselor suggested studying home ec at uni (for those old enough to remember home ec - which I loathed and was incapable of mastering) and was appalled at my desire to be an aeronautical engineer. Well, I never did become an AE, physics claimed me and I never looked back.
Now back to my classwork on Dark Matter.
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