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Old 10-30-2020, 09:13 AM
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Default 20,000 hours on RVs…

Interview with Van's Factory transition trainer Mike Seager in the latest issue of FLYER magazine.
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Old 10-30-2020, 10:08 AM
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Great interview!
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Old 10-30-2020, 11:52 AM
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Mike has already been informed that he is not allowed to retire.
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Old 10-30-2020, 05:30 PM
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Just got back a couple of weeks ago from training with Mike. Great time and well worth it, in my situation anyhow.
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Old 10-30-2020, 06:00 PM
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I noticed in the article that RV-8s were not listed as a model trained. Just an oversight or are RV8s excluded from receiving training?

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Old 10-30-2020, 06:24 PM
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I noticed in the article that RV-8s were not listed as a model trained. Just an oversight or are RV8s excluded from receiving training?

George
Mike has always used a side-by-side airplane for transition training for an RV- or 8A, so generally A 7 or 7A is used. If you can get proficient in a 7 or 7A, you can fly an 8 or 8A. And the side-by-side configuration is way better from a student - instructor interface standpoint
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Old 10-30-2020, 06:25 PM
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well, Paul, Carl and others, at the risk of thunder and lightning, I disagree... the article is meager and superficial, and sure doesn’t give any justice to the man, pity.

Haven’t met Mike in person, but any pilot havin clocked 20K+ RV instructing hours and survived, would surely have some juicy stories and interesting personal stuff to share... and I’d be the first one to buy Mike‘s memories book
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Old 11-01-2020, 07:32 PM
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I was fortunate that my reserved slot wasn't cancelled in early May 2020 when the Covid lockdowns were starting to be lifted. I drove up from SF and did 8+ hours with Mike, the first week when he started to train again. LOVED every minute. Then (now at 42 hrs) I was a RV total noob and had to get calibrated to this plane .. airwork was fine, but getting the landings right took a bit (and you can't fly over the house on sort final at Scappose .. House on short final? what???). Learned alot; and did some follow-on local work with a super accomplished pilot at my local field. Great training, and Vernonia is a wonderful town (when not closed due to Covid). Thanks a bunch!
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Old 11-01-2020, 09:47 PM
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Mike is the man!

Got to spend ~9 hours with him a few weeks ago in the 9A and 14A (I am building a 7A with a 390).

I, like others, am that guy he mentions. Away from flying for far too long, rusty, over controlling, etc. Took about 1.5 days before it started to click for me and Mike was a calm as could ever be asked for throughout it all. I still have a ton to learn, but feel much better prepared having spent some time with Mike. I am planning on a few more hours when he can fit me in- I am lucky enough to live about 1:15 drive from Vernonia.

Great guy, great instructor, and had some great stories. Can't recommend him enough.
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Old 11-01-2020, 11:32 PM
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well, Paul, Carl and others, at the risk of thunder and lightning, I disagree... the article is meager and superficial, and sure doesn’t give any justice to the man, pity.
I agree entirely. It's a pathetic and amateurish piece of journalism. With roughly 20,000 hours of transition training in RVs (many to really low time pilots) Mike Seagar must be sitting on a goldmine of really colourful incidents...none of which have been revealed in this article.

I did 8 hours of transition training with Mike in 2006 and he is just incredible....but unfortunately this article is not.
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