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Old 01-08-2016, 04:54 PM
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Default Happiness is...

Now I realize some people reading this know what I truly believe is the source and cause of happiness. That hasn't changed. The title would more appropriately read "Happiness in aviation is...", but that isn't as catchy.

Happiness in aviation is walking out to the car after work and saying, "I think I'll take the -6A up for a spin." 25 minutes later I'm again walking out to the car with the biggest RV Grin. 0.3 hrs on the Hobbs, 1.8 gallons of $3.12 100LL, 2 aileron rolls and a majestic setting sun. Does aviation get any better than that?!

What is your "happiness in aviation is..." moment like?
Jesse Saint

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Old 01-08-2016, 05:07 PM
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Right now----hearing or reading that a client has had his first flight. Knowing we had a very small part of the success of the project is very rewarding.

BUT----one day happiness will be having the priveledge of getting in my own plane and experiencing the RV Grin, and breaking the bonds of earth.
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:11 PM
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Having an airplane in the living room! and the never ending ( you have an AIRPLANE in your LIVINGROOM? ) for the moment anyway......
7A Slider, EFII Angle 360, CS, SJ.
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:19 PM
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Default Happiness

Originally Posted by bret View Post
Having an airplane in the living room! and the never ending ( you have an AIRPLANE in your LIVINGROOM? ) for the moment anyway......
I agree. Lucy is in the factory and it's so cool to step through the door and see an airplane in production. I always say "Hi Lucy!"
It's also cool when we see friends or neighbors and they introduce us and say, "He's building an airplane in his garage."
Someday I'm sure flying will be the Happiness but for now, building is pretty sweet.
Larry Larson
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:27 PM
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... on the way home from work realized that the fridge is empty. Stopped by the airport it's on the way. 10 min flight to an airpark with a supermarket across the street usually no lines. 13 minutes later full of groceries airborne again. The sun is setting 40 minutes logged.Very excited I found my brand of beer as well. Now reading Jesse's thread couldn't be happier
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Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:36 PM
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Default Happiness is ...

...a low aspect tracking solution
Brad Benson, Maplewood MN.
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If you're not making mistakes, you're probably not making anything
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:50 PM
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Getting a call from a friend who is having an issue putting the pins in his flap hinges. He is so close to being done with this one...
I go to the airport, he is at work. In less than an hour I call him.
"Pins are in the flaps. Safety wires are ready to install, holes drilled."

How'd you do that,,, he ask there was no way, I tried all night..


Smilin' Jack
Smilin' Jack & Anita Hunt
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
Very excited I found my brand of beer as well.
They were giving away free beer??
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:58 PM
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Along the way to your Happiness, Jesse, holding a signed pink slip will be mine. Then it will advance.

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Old 01-08-2016, 07:44 PM
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Default Happiness

Relaxing in the FBO lounge at the airport of your first cross-country, and looking out at YOUR airplane on the ramp......... Priceless
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First flight 8/21/15 what an awesome aircraft!
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