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Old 10-04-2015, 06:35 PM
crabandy crabandy is offline
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Default My oldest daughter's first lesson

It's not her first time at the controls of an airplane, she's flown "under the panel" several times before. I've been removing the copilot stick so she can use the booster seat to see outside. I visited with _______ (I forgot his VAF name, he has a really nice orange/blue RV8) at OSH that had modified a booster seat for his kiddos and I decided to do the same.
I've got several booster seats laying around and picked one with an open bottom and numerous plastic ribs. A few minutes with a die grinder gave the desired clearance between the booster seat and the copilot stick.

With the booster she could see over the panel and fly via the horizon, in addition she now has a PTT! She made every transmission for the flight, not to bad for a 4th grader.

Of course the lesson included a little breakfast and a lot of fun for both of us!

RV 7 500 hours and counting
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:45 PM
eddieseve eddieseve is offline
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Location: Sydney, Australia
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Great series of photos and you daughter looks like she is really enjoying herself.

Eddie Seve
Sydney Australia
First Flight 16th July 2012
RV-7 Phase 2, 30 Oct 2012
1100 hrs Feb 2020
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:06 PM
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Location: Half Moon Bay, CA
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Awesome! Can't wait to do the same with my girls (though both will be 15+ when my baby flies.)
Bill Bencze
N430WB RV-7 @KHAF, Flying
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:04 PM
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Awesome pictures! great memories!
Maybe the next generation of airline pilots!
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:08 PM
rockwoodrv9 rockwoodrv9 is offline
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Location: Meridian ID, Aspen CO, Okemos MI
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What a great memory. Taking a booster seat and modifying it so she could see well enough - your daughter will remember that forever.
Williamston MI
O-320 D2A
Flying N376E
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:43 AM
RV10Man RV10Man is offline
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She's gorgeous!!
My oldest one just lacks a couple hrs being ready to take her PPL check ride. She's 26.
Hope your daughter continues to fly.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:24 PM
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Mark Burns Mark Burns is offline
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Location: Ruston, Louisiana
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Awesome! Can't wait to do the same with my girls (though both will be 15+ when my baby flies.)
Don't worry, grandkids will be here before you know it!!

Thanks for sharing your flight!

Mark Burns
Ruston, Louisiana
RV-7A N781CM 1,650+ hrs
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:03 AM
eisnerrv4 eisnerrv4 is offline
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Location: Halifax, NS
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Thumbs up Daughter

Hey really nice to see.

Can't get my daughter to go up with me; it's not for everyone.
Brian Eisner
Bedford Nova Scotia
Dues paid for 2019
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:48 AM
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Great story of future Aviator!
Mike Hillger
Garden City, Texas
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:42 AM
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Default Awesome!


It's great to see you sharing the gift with your daughter. I hope to do the same with mine. She's only 3 right now, but I am helping her build a pedal plane and she's really loving it. Her progress is posted on my Kitlog site.
Mike Rettig
EAA Chapter 301
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RV-10 - Working on engine / prop installation
F-14 (Pedal Plane - Daughter's Project) "Flying"
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