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Old 08-28-2019, 07:04 PM
Aggie78 Aggie78 is offline
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Default Missed Him! (But not by much!)

So, we launched out of LHR about on time today and were making our way northward towards the RATSU oceanic fix. The controlling agency we were talking to as we neared the fix is Scottish Control, so when time allowed, I gave the controller Jim?s N-number and asked if he would mind seeing if he was in the system and what was his location.

A few minutes later, the controller replied in the affirmative, stating ?he?s about 120NM behind you heading south!?.

Dang! A couple of quick shout outs on 123.45, but nothing heard back (understandable) and we got busy with start-of-track work load items and had to get back to minding the store.

Glad to hear he made it over OK, and I hope he?s getting a few hoisted in his honor tonight at the pub!

Rob Schroer
New Braunfels, Texas (KBAZ)
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:43 AM
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Default Arrived In Ireland

Well, after a year of planning, N415JS finally arrived in Dublin. This was a very emotional experience for me. My Dad worked for Aer Lingus as an engineer in the flight simulator department at Dublin airport, so by the time I was a teenager, I had a fair amount of unlogged sim time in the 707 and 737. I just took it for granted that I?d be an airline pilot when I grew up. When the time came, I aced the aptitude tests and failed the medical for less than 20/20 vision. Correction wasn?t allowed in those days. I moved to America when I was 25 and learned to fly about 10 years later. I passed my checkride a month after my Dad passed away. Fast forward to yesterday morning and I can?t believe I?m talking to Dublin approach and being cleared for an instrument approach over the City I grew up in. And this after flying over the Atlantic. In a plane I built myself. This one?s for you, Dad.
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:57 AM
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Congratulations! The whole thing is just outstanding! Must have been difficult to shoot that approach with tears in your eyes
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Old 08-29-2019, 12:48 PM
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Wow. That's very cool. Congratulations.
Mike Rettig
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Old 08-29-2019, 01:38 PM
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Location: LSZF
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Well done and safe return flight!
Life's short... Enjoy!

RV-6.9 #25685, slider, O-360-A3A (carb/dual Lightspeed II), MTV-12-B, HB-YLL owner & lover
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Old 08-29-2019, 06:32 PM
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Fantastic adventure and congratulations! It's great to see such a good guy enjoying life and living his dream.

My dad and I still talk about your generosity with your hanger a couple of years back while visiting my brother.

Best, Thomas
Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well.

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Old 08-29-2019, 07:22 PM
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Congratulations Jim what a mighty achievement. Keep us posted on your trips around Erins Isle and it looks like you'll even get to see the Dubs lifting the Sam Maguire on Sunday.
Tir Eoghain Abu
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:00 PM
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Like. A great accomplishment, from the building to the flying adventures. Thanks for sharing.
-Andy Turner
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:10 PM
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Congrats Jim on this long worked for Dream!! Live it up!
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Old 08-30-2019, 06:05 AM
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What a grand adventure!
Bill R.
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