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A lot of people wouldn't know a quality article if they fell over it.. They only know what they saw in the movies. Thing s like that and barbie dolls shape your values unless you are ruggedly independent and don't really care what others think. MOST want to fit in to the NORMAL category or they get insecure. If only one had the experience of a 50 year old at age 18. .Nev

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My missus worked in the head office of an airline when I met her. She said she loved to fly and had travelled around more of Australia than I ever did. She also had a holiday in Italy, I've never been O/S. But she wasn't keen on anything smaller than an F27, and rarely flew with me.

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What do you expect? IF she'd been working in an aero club office, maybe she would think differently.. You expect Airlines to be of a higher standard of safety and they should be. Once they've had a holiday in Italy, they are probably ruined. You used to travel overseas to appreciate what you have here, but that's becoming less applicable than it was . Nev

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Sue.

 

Thanks so much for sharing that great story. It speaks volumes about evolving social attitudes and our (male) minds .

 

For myself, I was absolutely thrilled when my wife went through flight training, aged 50! To be honest it was not her gender that impressed me, but her achievement leaning to fly at that age, when our capacity to learn and physical coordination is reduced. Also, I have been an aviation enthusiast since I was a boy, reading Biggles and hearing my dads stories of flying Lancasters and Mosquitos over Germany. But my wife had absolutely no prior interest in aviation. We have an aircraft, so she decided she needed to be able to fly it herself. Flying was an entirely practical choice for her.

 

I understand the cockpit competition that exists between you and your partner. In our case, I generally do the flying only because I have much more experience than my wife. Having said that, I will be deliberately be pushing her to get her hours up, and as she becomes more confident, regularly share the flying with her. She never flies alone, whereas I regularly do. But having our aircraft hangared at home, she will free to take off and do a few circuits and scenic flights whenever she wants, if she wishes to build her hours. I will of course come along if she wants a second pilot in the right seat.

 

So, do you do your partners BFRs? Is that even allowed? :)

 

Cheers

 

Alan

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On aspect of this discussion hasn't been mentioned: like what seems to be policy with the Royals, it probably isn't a good idea to put the whole family aboard the same little aeroplane.

 

My wife has bravely got back into big aircraft in recent years, after being scared off flying by a young pilot who was showing off. After all of life's travails that she has survived, I totally understand her not wanting to go up with me. She reluctantly got back on behind me after a high speed crash off my Ducati, but was much happier when I bought her a Guzzi of her own.

 

These days we are blessed with grandkids, to whom she (and maybe even I) are special.

I'm happy to be able to fly, even if it is alone.

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What do you expect? IF she'd been working in an aero club office, maybe she would think differently.. You expect Airlines to be of a higher standard of safety and they should be. Once they've had a holiday in Italy, they are probably ruined. You used to travel overseas to appreciate what you have here, but that's becoming less applicable than it was . Nev

Maybe holidays at home will become the norm for now,Well at least until we forget how good we have it.

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