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Hi, I'm 22, a university student. My job on the side is that of a for-hire pilot.

My ground ride:

2007 cream PT Cruiser, no addons, massive dent from getting hit by a snowboarder. Not my choice, I got the thing for free.

The only money I ever put into it was gas, oil, a new camshaft position sensor, a new radiator fan, and a replacement passenger side seatbelt mechanism because my SO decided to stick a screwdriver into it to see what would happen.

My air ride:

This baby, I'm a little more proud of. I've got a kind of co-ownership of it, as pilots often do, where a bunch of people gather together, buy an aircraft, and share it.

Cessna Citation II. Think you've seen complicated vehicle controls before? Give this damn thing a shot.

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I don't even have a damn glass cockpit. VOR navigation all the way, baby. (Pictured cockpit is not mine, I do not have the GPS shown at the left)

As for what it looks like from the outside: (again, not mine in particular)

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I am also the mechanic maintaining the damn thing, but would you believe that while I can tear down a jet engine and put it back together again I can't fix a land vehicle engine without heavy use of google and lots of texting people in the process? I once had to hold up a McDonald's drive-thru line for an hour because my engine overheated and the computer kept just refusing to allow it to do anything.

Anyway, why am I the one doing all the airworthiness checks on the plane? Because someone else used to. Someone else was doing the teardowns and all the checks, and what did I get for it? An oil pressure failure in both engines simultaneously, followed by a flameout over Chicago Midway, on my way towards Seattle. Trust me, there is nothing scarier than red flashies on your warning panel, followed by more flashies, followed by several buzzes and alarms playing in your headset. NEVER. AGAIN. I almost lost goddamn hydraulic pressure. That was my one, only, and as far as I can see EVER 7700 squawk. There is no calm, collected way to tell your passengers that the aircraft has failed, the engines are on fire, and you need to dive to try and reset them, and to pray for a successful landing on the first pass because there is no guarantee windmilling the engines will work.

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Im lost did we change over to a PT Cruiser forum or an airplane forum? :lol2:

Any Who Welcome to the forum.

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Im lost did we change over to a PT Cruiser forum or an airplane forum? :lol2:

Any Who Welcome to the forum.

Does it matter? I mean Mark doens't own a Pontiac either :lol2:

Welcome!

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Mark use to have several Pontiac's and we take pitty on him since were the only forum that wont/hasn't banned him. :lol2:

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Yea wtf this isn't the mile high club and you at least have drive a sunfirebto be on here

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Geez people. We are a Pontiac forum but should someone want to talk about something else and do it in all the right topics then it's not a problem.

Anywho :welcomeFP:

I quickly was reading through and got to the point of "holding up a McDonalds drive-thru" and had to re-read cause I thought it was with the plane :lol:

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Hextic is a personal friend of mine. Her IT skills can really help out Jimmy as well.

Oh, and my own family has a black 03 PT Cruiser Limited now too (No more Nissan!) so yeah, PT Losers in da house, brah.

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welcome.

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Yea wtf this isn't the mile high club and you at least have drive a sunfirebto be on here

Well that was rude.

She is a friend of Chris and who cares if she doens't own a Pontiac? The reason this community is above most others is our maturity and acceptance of others. (The other end of the spectrum is GAOC) I love this community because people on here don't act MY age.

Who knows? She might get a Pontiac in the future, or have automotive questions for us.

I mean Christ, she probably has more mechanical prowess than most of us considering she works on a plane.

Welcome to Forever Pontiac Hextic! Hope you enjoy your stay!

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our little havoc is growing up.

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Well that was rude.

She is a friend of Chris and who cares if she doens't own a Pontiac? The reason this community is above most others is our maturity and acceptance of others. (The other end of the spectrum is GAOC) I love this community because people on here don't act MY age.

Who knows? She might get a Pontiac in the future, or have automotive questions for us.

I mean Christ, she probably has more mechanical prowess than most of us considering she works on a plane.

Welcome to Forever Pontiac Hextic! Hope you enjoy your stay!

You are adorable.

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That made me lol.

SUPER PT CRUISER, GO!

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Well that was rude.

She is a friend of Chris and who cares if she doens't own a Pontiac? The reason this community is above most others is our maturity and acceptance of others. (The other end of the spectrum is GAOC) I love this community because people on here don't act MY age.

Who knows? She might get a Pontiac in the future, or have automotive questions for us.

I mean Christ, she probably has more mechanical prowess than most of us considering she works on a plane.

Welcome to Forever Pontiac Hextic! Hope you enjoy your stay!

Thank you! ^.^

I guarantee though that you all have me beat out on car engines, they're not really my area. Jets, rockets, and turbines sure. Car engines somehow are like a foreign country to me, though I hope to fix that by being places like here. :)

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Thank you! ^.^

I guarantee though that you all have me beat out on car engines, they're not really my area. Jets, rockets, and turbines sure. Car engines somehow are like a foreign country to me, though I hope to fix that by being places like here. :)

I keep telling you I can show you my knowledge.

You'd be surprised how easy combustion car engines can really be. Add to the fact that there's an 03 PT Cruiser in my family's stable now, I can be hands on with one myself.

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I keep telling you I can show you my knowledge.

You'd be surprised how easy combustion car engines can really be. Add to the fact that there's an 03 PT Cruiser in my family's stable now, I can be hands on with one myself.

After so long being in Geek Squad and having everyone and their mother ask for help with "just one thing", I feel bad asking you. I don't know if it's different with cars or what. It's also been really cold. If you really want to, that would be awesome. I just feel bad asking is all.

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After so long being in Geek Squad and having everyone and their mother ask for help with "just one thing", I feel bad asking you. I don't know if it's different with cars or what. It's also been really cold. If you really want to, that would be awesome. I just feel bad asking is all.

Oh, fawk working in winter. When Spring rolls around, I'd be happy to rip something apart and show you what makes it tick.

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Oh, fawk working in winter. When Spring rolls around, I'd be happy to rip something apart and show you what makes it tick.

Awesome sauce of deliciousness and frosting.

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Awesome sauce of deliciousness and frosting.

NOPE.avi

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Welcome, officially! Seems you have accomplished a lot in 22 years. I'm incredibly impressed!

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Welcome, officially! Seems you have accomplished a lot in 22 years. I'm incredibly impressed!

Family rushed me through flight training because airplane rentals aren't particularly expensive per se, but rental of a pilot is. Also we hate the TSA. Also we hate airline schedules, and private jets fly in style. Seriously, take a look at the inside of this thing.

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Anyway. They pushed me through it. These are my current certs:

Private pilot, commercial pilot (NOT ATP), instrument, complex, multiengine, rotorcraft, ultralight, glider.

That was done over summers and winter breaks, and a lot of CAP flying. Nobody realizes you can basically fly for free, get free hours, and build up your commercial certification doing search and rescue stuff, which we got a lot of on the Long Island beaches because Long Island is full of affluent people who don't -really- know how to sail, how to boat, etc. but insist on doing so anyway. During the summers I used to just sit in the CAP lounge, a Cessna 172-N gassed up and preflighted. I usually wouldn't make it through a bottle of coke before we got a call. Then I would land, do my paperwork, and someone else would have another C-172N ready to go, usually with another call ready. It wasn't hard to get my commercial rating hours in one summer of finding capsized sailboats in the Atlantic. ;p

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nice. free trips!

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You owe me a ride in a G6.

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Mark use to have several Pontiac's and we take pitty on him since were the only forum that wont/hasn't banned him.

Lol thanks. :P

Welcome Hextic. A very good friend of mine is a pilot and has taken me up quite a few times. At least you have a cockpit haha he used to tow banners along the beaches here and it was all open. Now he flies from Alaska to New York shipping stuff.

Have fun on FP!

Sent from my mind using telekinesis.

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