Hello from southern Delaware

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Hello from southern Delaware

Postby Mikey B » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:28 am

Hi everybody -- another rusty private pilot is ready to join the sport pilot world. I earned my license in 1979 during grad school, then (like so many others) career and family took precedence, and 40 years later, here I am. I only wish I had kept up with the changes in general aviation -- I hadn't even heard about LSA's, sport pilot, and BasicMed; if I had I would have at least renewed my 3rd class medical a few years back. Now, with some retina issues, I doubt I could pass the medical, but I think sport pilot will suit me fine.

We split our time between Delaware and Arizona, and I will probably use Chesapeake Sport Pilot in Maryland and/or Flying Cacti in Arizona to scrape the rust off and try out these nice new airplanes that have come along since my C152 days ...

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Re: Hello from southern Delaware

Postby TimTaylor » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:36 pm

Welcome back.
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Re: Hello from southern Delaware

Postby Atrosa » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:12 pm

Good timing there are many changes being bantered about that will open up the kinds of planes that are LSA eligible. It will take years but it seem imminent.

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Re: Hello from southern Delaware

Postby Scooper » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:01 pm

Welcome to SportPilotTalk, Mikey. I'm another private pilot that let my 3rd class medical lapse and began flying LSAs as a sport pilot. When BasicMed came along I met the ten year lookback window eligibility by four months, so I went for it. I still fly my LSA because I love the way it flies and is cheaper to own and operate than a Part 23 airplane, but with BasicMed I don't have the sport pilot restrictions and can fly at night and at higher altitudes.
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Re: Hello from southern Delaware

Postby drseti » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:21 pm

Welcome aboard. Mikey. It's easier than ever to get back up to speed these days. You can start by enrolling in a one-day AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar (we just hosted one on my airport last month - AOPA website will tell you when there's one near you). Then, LSA is a great way to go. I can highly recommend Chesapeake (have no knowledge of the school in AZ).

Best of luck, and do keep us posted on your adventure.
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Re: Hello from southern Delaware

Postby Mikey B » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:52 pm

Thanks, Paul. If I were closer to Lock Haven I would come see you -- I saw your Pilot Downsizer, and like the idea. I stopped in at Chesapeake Sport Pilot recently, met Helen and others, and will try to schedule with them soon.

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