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You're going to spend 1000, 1500+ hours on your project over several years.

 

What about keeping your pilot license current?

 

Would you consider the options:

 

1- Spend all your spare time hours in your shop to build your baby

 

2- Work on your project while flying couple of hours each month at your favorite FBO.

 

A question has arisen: would you consider stopping flying during the building stage? Once you've reached the finishing chapters, you would go for a BFR and all hours required to get trained and feel efficient to fly the 1st flight?

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It boils down to MONEY and TIME.

 

If you have plenty of both, then do both.

If you don't, you can't get the plane done when you're flying.

 

At least, that's my philosophy.

 

I haven't been PIC for years. But I intend to work on skills/currency when close to completion.

 

YMMV

"I run with scissors."

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You're going to spend 1000, 1500+ hours on your project over several years.

Depending on what you're building, and how, you may want to budget a bit more than that. I have my estimate at around 2,500 hours.

 

What about keeping your pilot license current?

I've met a handful of people who are shy to admit that they're in the same situation as me -- I never had a license. I did go through ground school recently, which is uniquely inspiring, but not so much for building.

 

I'm doing this because I like to build things, and I want to build and fly my own airplane. When I'm done, or near done, I'll get training and a bunch of hours.

 

So, "yes", I would consider stopping flying during the build process. :)

Jon Matcho :busy:
Builder & Canard Zone Admin
Now:  Rebuilding Quickie Tri-Q200 N479E
Next:  Resume building a Cozy Mark IV

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Not that anyone cares :sad: I have just over 300 hours but have cut back the flying to build the magic carpet. From what I'm hearing it will be worth the wait.

 

Dreams of flying myself to distant lands like Reno and Paradise in the Bahamas are my key motivators. Traveling(flying) in an efficient machine just does it for me (I can't stand driving...ANYWHERE). 180 knots, 8 gph, 10,000 ft, music in the background, doesn't get much better.

 

Sorry gotta go, longerons need to be made...

 

Carlos Fernandez

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Carlos Fernandez

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Not that anyone cares :sad: ...

Well I, for one, do care! :)

 

Traveling(flying) in an efficient machine just does it for me (I can't stand driving...ANYWHERE). 180 knots, 8 gph, 10,000 ft, music in the background, doesn't get much better.

Same for me... that's why I'm doing it, so I may avoid commercial and travel easily around the country. One, two-day trips, no problem in a plane, but in a car... yuck.

 

Sorry gotta go, longerons need to be made...

Good attitude... I'm about ready to catch up w/you, so keep us posted.

Jon Matcho :busy:
Builder & Canard Zone Admin
Now:  Rebuilding Quickie Tri-Q200 N479E
Next:  Resume building a Cozy Mark IV

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