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Old 10-28-2019, 08:43 AM
TS Flightlines TS Flightlines is offline
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Default Away Time--

As some of you know, My wife Suzanne has been battleing MBC Breast cancer since January of 2018. Some of you know what struggles those are, having lived them your selves. A bunch of you are in the medical profession and have gives advise and support for quite a while now.

In April, she had PET scan that showed dramatic healing of the damaged area in the ribs, vertebrae and other affected areas. The change in Onocologists and treatment regiment was working. So we planned and booked a trip for late October. So throughout the summer, we monitored her progress and with the blessings of her DR, started finalizing our plans. I had already booked and paid for the trip, so it was a matter of getting her ready to go.

Well in all best laid plans, some things crop up to try and spoil things. MRI of several weeks ago showed some very small cells that had migrated to the brain. FORTUNATELY, we had seen another Nerosurgeon on another, non related matter, and he suggested a procedure called Gamma Knife. You medical folks know about that. We had that procedure this past Thursday, and they said to go and have fun. Well the have fun part maybe not so much, but certainly going for an attitude adjustment.

So, we'll be gone from Tuesday OCT29 to Monday Nov 11. This is where I say not to worry. Prior planning--actually several years ago-- enabled us to merge into a Joint Venture with Aircraft Specialty, call Aircraft Specialty Flightlines. We started a 3rd production facility in Wisconsin (now in Milwaukee) that enabled me to concentrate on prototypes and other development items. For the past 18 months, most of our orders have been shipped from there, although some custom items we still do here. A seamless transition. Steve Tschurwald has been a fabulous business partner, as well as a friend, and together we set this up for the mutal benefit of ourselves, as well as our clients, YOU.

So even though I wont be in the shop, we can still process any orders that you need. ( Internet and email are wonderful!) I'll have some limited cell service, and with time differences, phone calls might be challenging, but I can certainly respond to emails and voicemails. So, fo you, there wont be any interruptions in shipping services.

Its been a long, challenging and emotional 2 years. So we're going to take 2 weeks and enjoy life, come back and refocus on things. I have to say here that Suzanne and I REALLY appreciate the emails and phone calls from those of you that knew about her issues. You have no idea what it means to have that support. And gee, alot of you are voices on the phone, or email addresses, all connected by the Experimental aircraft community. You think that you are talking to a airplane client, then the conversation changes and he or she is an Onocologist, or a Radiation Dr, or some other specialist that has given alot of advise and unconditional support. You guys know who you are. Believe it or not TOO many to actually name here--probably 20-30. And we thank you for it.

Tom and Suzanne.
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
Joint Venture with Aircraft Specialty
Teflon Hose Assemblies for Experimentals
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RV7A Tail Kit Completed, Fuse started-Pay as I go Plan, on hold while we develop new products for RV builders
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Old 10-28-2019, 10:56 AM
Snoho3 Snoho3 is offline
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Was unaware of your situation, but thanks for sharing. And thanks for all you've done and continue to do for this community. My thoughts are with you and Suzanne - glad you are still able to get away. Here's my non-medical advice - leave the phone and emails at home. It will all be waiting for you when you return.

All the best to you and your wife.
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by TS Flightlines View Post
Its been a long, challenging and emotional 2 years. So we're going to take 2 weeks and enjoy life, come back and refocus on things. t.

Tom and Suzanne.
Enjoy the time, and have a margarita for me
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 10-28-2019, 11:27 AM
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Take care of Suzanne...she?s Priority #1.

Sid "Scroll" Mayeux, Col, USAF (ret)
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Old 10-28-2019, 12:21 PM
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Hope you guys enjoy the time away!
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Old 10-28-2019, 02:32 PM
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Default Have a wonderful two week break....

....and let me know if I can help spread the news about any TS Flightline stuff you need spread out while you're away. Here to help and standing by.

Your friends,

Doug and Susie
Doug Reeves (your host)
  • Full time: since '07 (started it in '96).
  • Typed in the EMB-505 (Phenom 300). Available for contract work. (flying resume).
  • Part time: Supporting Crew Member CAE EMB-505 Level D Sim @ KDFW.
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Old 10-28-2019, 07:08 PM
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Tom, I was not aware of this situation either. I want to wish you and your wife the very best, and continued healing and recovery! Enjoy the time away, and thanks again for all you have done for me in recent past months!
Bruce Swayze
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Old 10-28-2019, 07:22 PM
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Wishing for the best. For sure make the most of what you have.
Steve Smith
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"The Magic Carpet" Flying since Sept. 2009
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Old 10-28-2019, 07:27 PM
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Safe travels Tom and Suzanne! Our friend Tom Swartzlander tells me often to enjoy every nanosecond. He'd tell you guys the same thing.
Jeff Parker
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Old 10-28-2019, 07:35 PM
Maxrate Maxrate is offline
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A special shout out to Tom! My fourth order in two years and he?s always ready by phone or email to answer any questions or concerns. Tom, prayers and thoughts for you both. I hope you enjoy a much deserved break.
Mark Malone, RV7
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