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    T+ 398:07:59:30 Engineering Log

    Thanks.

    Next stop Saturn!

    Dantassii
    HUMONGOUS IMS shipbuilder
    Posted 10-27-2014 at 09:59 AM by Dantassii Dantassii is offline
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    T+ 398:07:59:30 Engineering Log

    Congrats on that mission! Over a year is more dedication than I have.
    Posted 10-27-2014 at 05:04 AM by MaverickSawyer MaverickSawyer is offline
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    Flight 15 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night...

    Ouch. That's a bit steeper, but I suppose that's related to cost of living in a larger city maybe? Here's the official blurb from DCFS:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dubois County Flight Services
    Q AND A - FLIGHT INSTRUCTION

    Q. How much does it cost to obtain my private pilot's license?
    A. Between $5,000.00 and $6,000.00 dollars. This is a difficult question to answer because the cost really depends upon the student. Some students seem to be quicker at applying what is learned in the classroom than others, and some students have the time to pursue their license more aggressively by taking two or more lessons a week. The actual cost on average for most students is between $5,000.00 and $6,000.00. That amount includes most major hidden costs such as, flight physicals, textbooks and other required material, FAA testing etc.
    The cost of the instruction airplane is currently $95.00 per hour. The instructor fee is $35.00 per hour for a total of $130.00 per flight hour. Ground school, which is classroom time with the instructor, is $35.00 per hour. * There may be fuel surcharges imposed if the price of Av Gas exceeds $5.00 per gallon.

    Q. How long does it take to obtain my private pilot's license?
    A. If a student can stay with the lesson plan or two sessions a week and is diligent, it can be done in an average of six months. That being said, we have had students that have accomplished getting their license in a little as four months, and we have also had students that have taken several years. So, the answer is it's really up to the student. There are always circumstances beyond everyone's control such as sickness, weather, instructor availability, equipment issues etc, which can slow the instruction process down.

    Q. How much flight time is required.
    A. The FAA requires a minimum of forty hours of total flight time; however, that is most unlikely to happen. Most students, on average will spend about 50 hours of flight time before being fully prepared for a FAA check ride.

    Q. What can I do with a private pilot license.
    A. Pilot's that have obtained their private pilots license can carry passengers and fly anywhere they wish in a single engine aircraft, as long as it is done so in compliance with all FAA rules and regulations. A private pilot is restricted to fly under visual flight rules, in a nutshell that means, you must be able to see the ground and avoid clouds that would restrict your vision. The next step for a private pilot would be to gain experience as a VFR pilot, then consider obtaining their instrument license.

    Q. After I earn my pilots license, will there be anything available to fly?
    A. Yes, the same plane you take your lessons in is also a rental plane, and will be available to rent. We do allow the plane to be used for trips depending upon flight schedules etc.
    I also noted on another page that hangar rental is $125/mo. That's a bit higher than the next closest airport, KDCY, which charges about $90 according to a colleague who hangars his Cherokee 180 there.
    Posted 10-06-2014 at 01:27 AM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Flight 15 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night...

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    Originally Posted by n122vu View Comment
    . . . averages between $5,000 and $6,000 USD.
    Huh. I checked into that once a few years back up here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and the same figures pulled around $9,000-$10,000.

    Though I suppose the difference here is the hangar fees, price of gas, arbitrary price hikes, paying the instructor . . .
    Posted 10-05-2014 at 09:56 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    T+ 376 Days Engineering Log

    Yup, but I'm not actually flying the mission, I'm just using the SSTV as the spacecraft in a story I actually wrote down back in 1990. The Mission to Titan will be a new story that I will make up as I fly it 'in real time'. And then there's the mission to Pluto scheduled for SSTV-02's maiden voyage.

    Dantassii
    HUMONGOUS IMS shipbuilder
    Posted 10-04-2014 at 01:09 AM by Dantassii Dantassii is offline
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    T+ 376 Days Engineering Log

    Sheesh. You've been doing this real time? Major kudos, man.
    Posted 10-03-2014 at 11:23 PM by MaverickSawyer MaverickSawyer is offline
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    Flight 15 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night...

    According to the company that manages the FBO and the flight lessons at HNB, overall cost for the lessons and other necessary fees for obtaining a PPL (testing fees, medical exams, etc) at that location averages between $5,000 and $6,000 USD.
    Posted 10-03-2014 at 08:16 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Flight 15 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night...

    Huh, that's less than I thought it'd be. Maybe there's hope for me yet, once the kids grow up a bit... :D
    Posted 10-03-2014 at 07:38 PM by Xyon Xyon is offline
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    Flight 15 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night...

    Don't mind at all. If I count all the add-ons and hardware I've purchased for FSX in recent months (which I do, because I bought them to assist in training) plus the months I've subscribed to Pilot Edge, up until now I've spent roughly $3,500 USD, which hasn't been too bad since it's been spread over the last 5 months.
    Posted 10-03-2014 at 10:30 AM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Flight 15 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night...

    Congratulations, mate. Been reading with interest (and mild jealousy) since you started.

    Mind if I ask you, about how much do you think learning has cost you so far? Lessons, licence etc?
    Posted 10-03-2014 at 07:14 AM by Xyon Xyon is offline
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    Flight 15 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night...

    Yay, now I've got that song stuck in my head!
    Posted 10-01-2014 at 12:23 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    Flight 13 - Turn, turn, turn

    Thanks. I know the shirt tail tradition will be part of the 'ceremony' but I'll have to ask my instructor about the bucket of water.

    The Byrds - that's pretty good, Scav. Added to the list of potentials
    Posted 09-21-2014 at 12:49 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Flight 13 - Turn, turn, turn

    I hope you too have the "bucket of water" tradition after your first flight!
    Posted 09-20-2014 at 08:21 PM by Fabri91 Fabri91 is offline
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    Flight 13 - Turn, turn, turn

    The Byrds, for the title of this blog, right?
    Posted 09-20-2014 at 02:36 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    My adventures with Oribter so far part IV

    The default Deltaglider is what I've been using.
    Posted 08-19-2014 at 09:03 AM by Sparky Sparky is offline
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    My adventures with Oribter so far part IV

    Which ship are you using? Not all ships will auto-refuel.
    Posted 08-19-2014 at 08:30 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    My adventures with Oribter so far.

    One of the benefits of using a craft with an excellent autopilot; you can watch what it does and mimic that in a different craft.
    Posted 08-19-2014 at 03:41 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    My adventures with Oribter so far part III

    One long blog post is easier to read than three blog posts just an hour apart. If they had been days or weeks then it makes more sense.
    Posted 08-17-2014 at 10:42 PM by garyw garyw is offline
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    My adventures with Oribter so far part III

    I was going too but I thought it might be too long
    Posted 08-17-2014 at 09:30 PM by Sparky Sparky is offline
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    My adventures with Oribter so far part III

    Just a friendly suggestion:

    If you are going to make three blog posts within one hour of each other, try to combine them into just one.

    Thanks.
    Posted 08-17-2014 at 03:41 PM by thepenguin thepenguin is offline

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