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Old 10-15-2017, 07:32 PM
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Default Finally flying the Grandkids!

For three years these kids would come visit me and see my project in the hanger and I would tell them, "Someday, you are gonna fly with me in this thing!". Three years was almost half a lifetime for them! .....Almost three years after my maiden voyage, 250+hours and 250+ logged landings, I finally acquired the clearance that was needed to take on my three oldest Grandchildren for their first ever flight in an airplane this weekend! That's right! First flight ever in Paw Paw's RV7! What a way to be introduced to the world of aviation!
Mike Hillger
Garden City, Texas
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:54 PM
Scott Hersha Scott Hersha is offline
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That's really cool Mike. I can't wait to do that with my grandkids (3 girls, one boy) when they are a little older and my RV8 is done. It's interesting that their innocent first reaction to flight is almost the same with all 3 of them. It's probably similar to what we all felt when we first went flying and why we decided to pursue it. If we can each get one child to take up flying, then we've maintained our pilot population. If we can get two, we've doubled it. Your family is the best place to do that. Thanks for posting this.
RV6/2001 built/sold 2005
RV8 Fastback/2008 built/sold 2015
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:32 AM
ty1295 ty1295 is offline
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I hope you are saving money for 3 more airplanes to be built as I suspect you just sealed the deal on future aviators.

Awesome video's and reminds me in life what is important is memories with our friends and family. Everything else can be taken away in seconds.
Jeff Scott
RV9A First Flight 9/30/19
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:01 AM
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These videos popped up on my YouTube feed yesterday .. love it and congrats!
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2019 Bronze Lindy
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:37 AM
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Good job Mike!

Flew over your house yesterday, the runways are looking pretty good. Might have to drop in there one day.
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 10-16-2017, 04:29 PM
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VERY, VERY neat Mike! Congrats!!
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:18 AM
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Default Great Video!

Well done Mike!! I couldn?t tell who enjoyed it are them! Making Awesome memories!
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:14 AM
madhun madhun is offline
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Good job Sir, corrupting future pilots one at a time!
Quentin Carter
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:43 AM
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Very Cool Mike! I imagine you'll not have trouble filling that left seat at all anymore!
Jesse Bentley
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:42 AM
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Great job Mikey!
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