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First Flight of the Fall….September 21, 2008 p>One of the things on my “flying bucket list” this year, inspired by Eric Dufour’s article about making 66 flights in one session….was to “fly my age”…..as per Eric’s suggestion…especially when you turn 50.  Seems like a reasonable challenge!

Well, in 2008 I turned 50…..tonight, Bob and I headed to Weyman to capture the evening light winds and warmer temperatures….(morning flights seem just a bit “nippy” these days….).  After we took off Bob was returning to switch props, so I started…..landed once…took off…landed again….took off….landed again…took off…and so on….and so on…and so on…. 

 

Each landing was a complete power off, full flair, stand up landing….followed by a launch, climb to tree height while completing a 360 degree turn, throttle back to idle and head back to earth for another landing …

 

The first 25 were pretty easy…  by then Mom and Dad were getting “bored”…  having gotten use to the rhythm of the flight pattern…  while watching/sitting in front of the wind sock…  By the time I hit 30 Bob was back in the air… 

but I was determined to reach my goal…  so I forged on…  38/39/40…..48/49/50!!!!!  Made it!!!!!

Landing #50 in…I took off, climbed and nestled back into the seat, giving my legs and abdomen a much needed rest.  Bob and I continued on for a short local flight and returned to Weyman at 7:20…..just before sunset, hitting landing #51, just for good measure….

 

Total flight time: 50 minutes

 

# take offs – 51…

# landings – 51…

 

Everything else was “priceless”….flying your age….

 

Fly safe,

Dave Bradley

david.bradley@teedsaundersdoyle.com

 

David Bradley is a Canadian PPG pilots who has been trained by Frank Savignac , instructor in New Brunswick.