winsor68 Posted February 11, 2009 Share Posted February 11, 2009 Hi...I am 40 years old...I was lucky enough to have enjoyed an aviation upbringing in North West Queensland where my dad flew sailplanes for many years. I have had the flying bug my whole life but sadly have never attained my license or flown much since I was 16 years old. I became a follower of Ra-Aus aviation many years ago and even managed to convince my dad that ultralights were not the crazy dangerous machines we were raised to believe...He did an ultralight conversion with Trevor Bange on a Drifter at Rainbow Beach where he now lives...Sadly due to health and perhaps the death of his best mate/flying buddy in an accident on takeoff from Toowoomba several years ago he has not realised his dream of aircraft ownership...This accident really affected all of us and bought home the thin line that all pilots operate on. Even now years later this accident is something I think about often...and this brings me to my question. I want...no...I need to fly. It is something I, like many others, have spent my whole life dreaming about. I now find myself in the position to be able, I believe, to afford it financially. It may mean tightening the purse strings a little for my family (I have a 5 year old daughter) but to me the inspiration to be had from flying far outweighs the financial cost. But...something stops me every time I decide to commit...I have my partner who is quite happy with me getting my Ra-Aus license and buying a Drifter of similar...but I really don't think she understands the implications of an aircraft accident and she regularly says "How many seats does that one have?" with the idea that I can take the family for flights... I guess once I start my training these worries will disappear? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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