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Old 11-02-2020, 03:20 AM
mturnerb mturnerb is offline
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I don't think the purpose of the article was a deep exploration of Mike's career and experiences, but rather a "sketch". While not an expert, I do know that authors are often limited by a certain amount of space/number of words and have to make editorial decisions (and are also edited by others). Given the publication context and purpose of the article, and assuming those limitations, the article is well-done IMO.

Having spent some time both being trained by Mike and waiting out some weather at Vernonia with him, I know he's not the self-promoting type. Just a fantastic teacher, nice guy, and skilled pilot who is a treasure in the Van's community.
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Old 11-02-2020, 05:19 AM
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I too found the artical very poor -(
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Old 11-02-2020, 07:12 AM
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Come on's labeled "Three Minute Read" right there at the top.
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Old 11-02-2020, 07:53 AM
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While I would have loved to have devoted an entire article to Mike, these interviews are part of a single page series created to meet a particular format. Thanks to those who liked it, sorry to those who wanted more.

Plus Mike is a busy guy, and while we would have loved to have had taken hours of his time, like Mitch says, he's too busy to stop training
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Old 11-02-2020, 10:35 AM
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OK, so while the article doesn't go into detailed stories of Mike, it has stirred the pot. Here is another quick read on Mike.

20+ years ago, I was an aspiring RV builder and already a commercial pilot. I owned a 1946 Taylorcraft and flew her from Cleveland, Ohio to just outside of Nashville, TN (Lebanon) for a 3 day RV fly-in.

My plan was to camp in a tent under the Tcraft wing. Plans changed when the weather took a drastic change to almost freezing temps. All local hotels were booked (no Uber back then). One of the presenters was Mike Seager. I had never met him at the time but he offered to share his hotel room with a soon-to-be very cold Tcraft driver. Long story short, I took him to dinner but he refused to take anything for sharing the room. I took a demo transition ride with him the next day (no charge). It cemented a friendship. That's the kind of guy Mike is and I hope to hear more stories about him.
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Old 11-02-2020, 02:02 PM
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Mike deserves all the press he can get!!

Someone had better get busy on writing his biography now, he has a lot of depth to his story.

Is that an RV14 in his stable now? Did he build it too?

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and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you
cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge
is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind.”

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Old 11-02-2020, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by BillL View Post
Mike deserves all the press he can get!!

Someone had better get busy on writing his biography now, he has a lot of depth to his story.

Is that an RV14 in his stable now? Did he build it too?
All of the airplanes Mike uses for transition training were built by, and are owned by Van's Aircraft.
A couple are based at Vernonia airport at any give time, and get rotated out when different models are scheduled by students.
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