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Private Pilot Certificate!! l Dad’s Surprise

Click here for you Privat Pilot Test Prep 2017 On March 21, 2012, I had my fixed wing checkride from KUZA, Rock Hill, SC. It had built up for a while and my dad kept asking when I was going to get it but I wasn't sure. I told him me and my instructor, Troy, … Continue reading “Private Pilot Certificate!! l Dad’s Surprise”

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On March 21, 2012, I had my fixed wing checkride from KUZA, Rock Hill, SC.

It had built up for a while and my dad kept asking when I was going to get it but I wasn't sure.

I told him me and my instructor, Troy, were going to come to the airport close to him for a maintenance flight.

Immediately after completing my checkride and getting my temporary license on paper, I set back into the sky to head to Monroe, NC for the "maintenance flight."

I took the crew car, picked up my dad – we were going to meet Troy and the mechanic back at the airport.

We started to walk outside my dad made some comments to I replied "oh look at that jet over there."

Then, I set the camera rolling and this is what happened.

Thanks for watching!

Michael

Private Pilot Certificate!! l Dad's Surprise

On March 21, 2012, I had my fixed wing checkride from KUZA, Rock Hill, SC.

It had built up for a while and my dad kept asking when I was going to get it but I wasn't sure.

I told him me and my instructor, Troy, were going to come to the airport close to him for a maintenance flight.

Immediately after completing my checkride and getting my temporary license on paper, I set back into the sky to head to Monroe, NC for the "maintenance flight."

I took the crew car, picked up my dad - we were going to meet Troy and the mechanic back at the airport.

We started to walk outside my dad made some comments to I replied "oh look at that jet over there."

Then, I set the camera rolling and this is what happened.

Thanks for watching!

Michael

10 thoughts on “Private Pilot Certificate!! l Dad’s Surprise”

  1. My dad was my first passenger also.  He was a WWII bomber pilot and flew later in the Air Force and Tenn Air Guard.  When I. Got my ticket he was a retired Air Traffic Controller who had worked ,22 years in the tower at BNA.  He passed away in 2003.

    1. I hate to hear of the loss John.
      That’s a long time to be a controller.
      I will thank him for his service though during WWII. What did he fly?

    2. My dad  was a co-pilot on a B24 and the oldest guy in the crew at 26.  They called him the “old man”.  He wanted to stay in the Air Force after the war and was assigned to a couple of duty stations until arriving at Sewart AFB in 1948 with his wife and three year old son.  In 1949 the new USAF (changed from Army Air Force) decided they had too many high-school graduate pilots hanging on and announced a “Reduction In Force” (RIF).  My dad was suddenly without a job.  He went to MTSC (College, not University) and got a degree but that put him in some dead end government jobs.  One day in 1959 while getting ready for work he noticed an advertisement on WSM-TV (Now WSMV) that indicated the FAA was looking for controllers in the Nashville airport.  He applied and got his dream job, keeping it until 1982 when he retired.  He worked through the PATCO strike and got his full retirement rather than being fired.  He had a stroke in 1990 just as I was finishing my flight training.  We had talked more during that time than we ever had.  When I finally got that checkout with crusty old Bob Bomar and my new paper ticket I took my dad flying.  He lived another 14 years but didn’t advance far beyond the stroke.  I took him and my mother flying many times while I still owned a C-172. November 1, 2003 I got a call from the Tennessee Veterans Home that he had passed away during the night.  My mother died about 100 days later.  He had been 84, she 82.  Every “hello” is also a good-bye.  Nothing is permanent.  Embrace the now; embrace change.  Those are the only two immutable things in life.  I’m a Viet Nam veteran and can see where none of our “wars” since Korea have created what the politicians set out to create or fix.  One war breeds another war.  The efforts in WWII were very important and I’m glad my dad came home.  He didn’t arrive in Italy until February 1945 and air superiority had been established, still his time in the B-24 was dangerous on many levels.  For me, I cannot look at the Viet Nam “Wall” without thinking of the 58,000 + contemporaries of mine died for essentially no achievable goal.  As time goes on people forget.  What’s happening in Iraq today or Afghanistan.  
       

    1. +Timothy Evans Very awesome. Patricia is the absolute best!! Please tell her I said hi if you see her around Monroe or Gastonia.

      I’m not sure what it’s turned in to now since I got my license in 2012, but I couldn’t imagine it changed that much.

    2. +Michael Carr Is Patricia someone in the office? The only person I have really met is Mike Spika, who is my instructor. He’s a young guy. Not sure how long he has been teaching. I am 23, I think he may be 23 or 24.

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