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Old 03-20-2007, 06:53 PM   #1
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Default Pilots who are avid brewers

HEY, how many of you (I have talked to quite a few) are pilots and brewers? In my weekly travels in this small yet convoluted industry I have flown with and met an abnormally high ratio of pilots who are also brewers! Who do you fly for, what started you in your brewing obesession, how do you balance monitoring your brews when you are away 4-5 days consecutively per week? Doesn't it suck to brew a batch and come home AFTER it has fermented? LOL
There just seems to be a high ratio of pilots who are also homebrew freaks! Nothing wrong with that!

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Old 03-20-2007, 07:46 PM   #2
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I used to be a pilot . . . started flying when I was 12, soloed at 16, got my PPL at 18 then quit flying at 19 (was going to college to be a airline pilot) when I joined the navy, havent gone back to it since :\

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Heh, you probably got out of it at a good time! I never planned to be an airline pilot, yet here I am... funny how things work out! Ever miss flying?

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Private pilot here. Got it when i was 17, now 21. I have around 160 hours, college makes it hard to fly too much prices are getting up their. When i finish college im gonna start building an RV.

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Old 03-20-2007, 08:07 PM   #5
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Yeah, I remember that when I started it was about $48 an hour, wet, for a 172... I can imagine that fuel and insurance have balooned that drastically!

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Old 03-20-2007, 08:29 PM   #6
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I fly an RJ, if that counts as flying. Yeah, it's kinda funny. I know a bunch of guys that are into homebrewing. Some of them are winemakers too. As far as our schedules are concerned, I think being out on a trip eases the impatience of waiting to move a batch from one step in the brewing process to the next. Just my $.02.

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Heh, you probably got out of it at a good time! I never planned to be an airline pilot, yet here I am... funny how things work out! Ever miss flying?
Funny thing is always planned on being an airline pilot after i spent time in the navy as a pilot. I started mowing lawns when i was 12 just to fly then every dime I made from 12 - 19 went to flying. It wasnt until 1989 while I was in college I decided as much as I love flying I didnt want to be a bus driver at 40,000ft.

I like to fly to do EVERYTHING you're told not to do. My friends and I would take rolls of TP and let them run out behind our BE-77's and chase each other and try to cut the TP with our props, we would get as low as possible over Lake Michigan and see how close we could make it to the bluffs and we would drop napkins full of flour onto cows. The more I flew the less I wanted to do staight lines and the less I wanted to have a plane wrapped around me. Do I miss it? I dont mis going from point A to point B just because, I dont miss doing practice approaches for hours on end, and I dont miss doing the paperwork and math for weight and balance issues. I do miss jumping in the plane and skipping class to fly to Oshkosh for a coke, I miss screwing around and landing at a small airfield to pull marsh grass out of my gear before I went ack to Timmerman Field to return the plane . . . I miss the freedom of flying. I would love to fly again but now I just cant afford it and WHEN I do start flying again it will probably be in something like this http://www.southernskies.net/ss_paragliders.html
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I agree, being away from your brew all week does help with being impatient... I fly an RJ too, the EMB170. Everyone is hiring now though... we cannot even keep our planes staffed people are leaving so fast.

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Private pilot here, too, not current but working on it! Funny thing is, SWMBO got me flying lessons for my bithday years ago, and also got me my starter beer kit for Christmas a couple years later. If it weren't for her, I wouldn't do anything fun!!! I'm pretty lucky...........

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Your wife has you doing the things that most women would rather us not! Fly and brew!!

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