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Old 08-04-2016, 08:41 AM
TS Flightlines TS Flightlines is offline
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I thought I'd let all of you know, that as on Monday, August 8, I'll be full time at TS Flightlines. This has been planned for quite a while now, just the timetable got moved up 6 months. Not of my doing, but of the company that I called home for 17+ years.
But, because of the great friends and clients of VAF, and others, we put a plan together to be able to do this. We dont foresee any issues, and its a seamless transition, from working 9 hours a day for someone else, to adjusting that time to working for ourselves, AND helping our clients. Now perhaps we can get alot of those development projects done, AND finally get to work on our RV7.

Thanks again to all of you!
Tom and Suzanne
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
Joint Venture with Aircraft Specialty
Teflon Hose Assemblies for Experimentals
Proud Vendor for RV1, Donator to VAF
RV7A Tail Kit Completed, Fuse started-Pay as I go Plan, on hold while we develop new products for RV builders
Ridgeland, SC,
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:47 AM
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Default Good news, Tom

Future customer, here, for sure!
Bill Boyd

Hop-Along Aerodrome (12VA)
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:58 AM
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Default Congratulations!

Good news for all RV builders! Great products, tremendous service and knowledge!
Vern Darley
Awarded FAA "The Wright Brothers 'Master Pilot' Award"- for 50 years safe flying

RV-6A N680V / RV-10QB N353RV
Luscombe 8E N2423K 50+years
Hatz Biplane N2423Z soon to be birthed
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:10 AM
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Congrats, Tom! The best thing about working for yourself is, you can work half-days. And you even get to choose which 12 hours that is!
Kurt W.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:15 AM
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Although I'm sure there has been some deep breathing over this, congratulations! I started my own business way back in 2002 and as I've told many people, the secret to my success was that "I was too stupid to quit".

I'll be contacting you in about a week for some fuel lines!
RV-8 #81077 Super Slow Build
Dynon Skyview HDX, Titan IOX-370, Dual P-Mags, AFP FM200A FI, Whirlwind 200RV CS Prop
First Flight 11/20/2016
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:25 AM
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Congrats Tom.. You are a wonderful addition to the ranks of the self employee'd.
Jerry "Widget" Morris
RV 8, N8JL, 3,100+ hours on my 8.

VAF #818
Saint Simons Island, GA. KSSI
PIF 2007 - 2022

I just wish I could afford to live the way I do
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:45 AM
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He has made all my fuel and oil lines, and I would encourage anyone having a need for such things, use him! He is honest, prompt, accurate, and does quality work.
A&P, PP-SEL, Pathological Flier, EAA Technical Counselor
EAA Chapter 595 President,
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:50 AM
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Tom, sorry to hear you had a less-than-planned exit from your previous employment. That kind of treatment always leaves you feeling bruised, battered and disillusioned. On the other side of the coin, that "big corporate world" treatment is one of the things that your customers know they will NOT be receiving when doing business with you.

Congratulations on making the transition to full-time self-employment. I wish you the very best of success, and thank you for all the excellent guidance and advice you have given me in the past.
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:13 AM
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Tom has made all my oil and fuel lines as well, and the only times he didn't make them right were my fault for not being exactly clear on the directions I gave him. Good work Tom, and good luck!
Greg Niehues - SEL, IFR, Repairman Cert.
Garden City, TX VAF 2021 dues paid
N16GN flying 900 hrs and counting; IO360, SDS, WWRV200, Dynon HDX, IFD440, G5
Built an off-plan RV9A with too much fuel and too much HP. Should drop dead any minute now.
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:23 AM
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Can't say enough good things about Tom, his ability, knowledge, workmanship and his willingness to help. If I need a hose for the plane Tom is the man I'm going to.
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