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Old 08-29-2020, 03:32 PM
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Default My Farewell to VAF

We sold our RV-12 today. My girlfriend/spouse/copilot whom has been by my side during my 56 year aviation career and I have collectively decided to pursue other pastimes while the good Lord has given us the health and mobility to do so.

My heartfelt SALUTE goes out to dr for this wonderful forum that has intrinsically bound us all together. My kudos to all the fine moderators and contributors for the sharing of their expertise making building possible for so many.

Blue Skies to All,

Tom Valenzia
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RV12 Jabiru 2200 Powered (Sold)
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Old 08-29-2020, 03:55 PM
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56 yrs is a loooong time in aviation. best wishes to you!
Steve Melton
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Old 08-29-2020, 03:58 PM
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Best of luck in the future Tom. I have enjoyed your comments over the years. Have fun!
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Old 08-29-2020, 04:39 PM
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We love you Tom. Please come back to share your other pastime experiences. You are forever an RV guy one of us.
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 08-29-2020, 04:56 PM
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Susie and I send our best wishes on this next phase of your life. Thank you for the many years of friendship and community and know that anytime you need us we'll be right here!!!! Stop by and visit every so often just to let us know how you are.

Sending all the best,
Doug Reeves (your host)
  • Full time: since '07 (started it in '96).
  • Typed in the EMB-505 (Phenom 300). Available for contract work. (resume).
  • Part time: Supporting Crew Member CAE EMB-505 Level D Sim @ KDFW.
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Old 08-29-2020, 08:27 PM
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Best to you and yours, Tom. It takes a lot to say goodbye, as we are finding as we sell the home we raised our children in.

I hope the two of you find grand adventures as you move forward.
Mike C.
Sierra Nevada
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Old 08-29-2020, 10:11 PM
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Tom---best of luck to you my friend. Enjoy life----let us know how things are going.

Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
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Old 08-29-2020, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by TomVal View Post
We sold our RV-12 today. My girlfriend/spouse/copilot whom has been by my side during my 56 year aviation career....

With a girlfriend and a spouse and 56 year career no wounder you are tired and need a rest... ha ha. God Bless and all the best.
Raleigh, NC Area
RV-4, RV-7, ATP, CFII, MEI, 737/757/767

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Old 08-30-2020, 06:54 AM
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Don't leave for good! We Fledglings need your 56 years of experience!
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Old 08-30-2020, 07:04 AM
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Nobody leaves the RV family. Once you have driven and or owned an RV you are forever branded, memories cannot be erassed
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