Guest johno Posted August 29, 2008 Share Posted August 29, 2008 G'Day All, My name is John Oomen and I finally took up flying last April (2007). I live in Forbes NSW and have been tempted by the challenge of flying for many years. After the last of our babies left home in 2006 and attending a Rotary District conference in Temora (doesn't that place just stir the flyer in us all?) I made a phone call to the first number listed against Forbes Aero Club and was greeted by a very cheerful young fellow that was only too happy to meet the following weeknd for a TIF. Four days later I was introduced to our local CFI, Darryl Gosper (thought he looked a little young to be training though) and have been hooked ever since. We trained in a Jabiru 160 and in January of this year I attained my RAAus certificate. A month later my X-country endorsement and at the end of February my wife Narelle and I flew the little Jab to Echuca for our first longish range excursion. Not content to just sit back, I thought what's next? So, after discussions with my now trusted good friend Darryl, I started GA training. In the mean time Narelle and I decided we needed our own 'ship' because we have children and grand children spread from Cairns to Tasmania and thought we should make use of this new found freedom. We looked around at various kits and ultralights but decided we needed a 4 seater so we purchased a 40 year old Cherokee in which I am completing my GA training. To myself and Narelle the experience of learning to fly has been a shared one. The Forbes Flying Club is the most social and accepting group of people that I have ever come across. They don't care if you fly or not but they all share the same passion in one form or another. The instructors are dedicated and understanding and Forbes has got to be one the safest places to learn to fly. I suppose at 47 you may consider me to be experiencing mid-life-crisis, but the phone call I made to Darryl at the end of March 2007 changed our lives. I am really looking forward to getting out there and discovering a new world. Thankyou for the opportunity to join your forum and share in the wealth of knowledge you have on tap. Really appreciate all the help RAAus has been, great bunch of people! Cheers..... John Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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