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    For those that don't know my son Nick is the young man who has been doing the Taylorcraft calendar the past 3 years.Yesterday was Nick's 16th birthday. He had bid plans that winds gusting to around 25 MPH kind of snarled, but today was a good day. After hours of riding around with me in my dad's and his grandpa's 1941 Deluxe Taylorcraft he was finally able to make his first solo flight in an airplane. T he solo flight was just topping on the cake. earlier in the day he passed his private pilot glider checkride. Click image for larger version

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  • #2
    Good job Nick!! Outstanding and congrats !

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    • #3
      Congratulations Nick. A day you'll remember for sure, outstanding!
      Mike
      NC29624
      1940 BC65

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      • #4
        Woohoo!
        congratulations Nick
        Scott
        CF-CLR Blog: http://c-fclr.blogspot.ca/

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        • #5
          Thats awesome! 3 generations of current pilots is a hard thing to achieve. Its also hard to believe that Sr's T-cart restoration is 30+ years old. I have pics of it from Bartlesville 1988 Fly-in.

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          • #6
            Congratulations Nick!

            To me, one of the most outstanding days of your life. Enjoy the freedom!
            MIKE CUSHWAY
            1938 BF50 NC20407
            1940 BC NC27599
            TF#733

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            • #7
              Bravo Nick for two, Glider Pilot and powered solo!
              Now go get some flying pictures of your own for next years calendar!
              Cheers
              Mark
              1945 BC12-D
              N39911, #6564

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              • #8
                Congrats to Nick, and also to Tom, it's a special moment when you solo your child. It will be 33 years ago in April when I soloed my son in my dad's Taylorcraft.

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                • #9
                  Way to go Nick !! congratulations !! another member to a great Taylorcraft family !!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ragwing nut View Post
                    Thats awesome! 3 generations of current pilots is a hard thing to achieve. Its also hard to believe that Sr's T-cart restoration is 30+ years old. I have pics of it from Bartlesville 1988 Fly-in.
                    This is restoration number 2, and it was completed a year and a half ago. It was damaged back in 2006 when it was struck by another airplane.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 3Dreaming View Post

                      This is restoration number 2, and it was completed a year and a half ago. It was damaged back in 2006 when it was struck by another airplane.
                      Wow, don't remember hearing about that.

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                      • #12
                        New pilot there's hope for the future. Not many starts up here ion Alaska despite the increasing demand for commercial ops and maintenance personnel. Ten's of thousands for the training and ratings today might be a factor. Still some will follow their dream in college with no hope for a job when done.

                        Gary
                        N36007 1941 BF12-65 STC'd as BC12D-4-85

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                        • #13
                          It's heart-warming to see new young pilots come into the fray. Especially when they have parents (and grand-parents) who have enthused and encouraged them. Even more importantly for our little small group, it's on a Taylorcraft. Well done Nick, and well done to your Dad and Grandpa too!

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                          • #14
                            Congratulations Son and Father. I remember my Grandsons big days. Fortunately wind was not a factor and he soloed on his 16th Birthday. He was down for the month of December, he lives in Alaska now, and we were able to get him his Commercial rating.
                            L Fries
                            N96718
                            TF#110

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                            • #15
                              Way to go Nick its gratifying to know there are young people still interested in aviation, with your family history you will be encouraged and you are an encouragement to us.

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