Well, it's been a few days since my first post and I've seen many of you checking it out, but no one wants to step up and advise.
Also, something I didn't put in my last post. Both my girls love aviation as much as I do, and were scheduled for a Young Eagles flight this past saturday...
Here's an update...
Last week, my wife calls me at work and asks if I'd like to have lunch with her at a new Sushi place. Since I love sushi (and my wife) I said absolutely. She arrived ahead of me and had already been seated, so I walked in, gave her a kiss, and had a seat with her at the sushi bar. I can see by the look in her eyes that she really wants to talk to me about something....
So I ask her what's up, and she says that she's really upset about the whole flying thing, and that she's afraid that she's going to lose her whole family in one fatal event. I do my best to reassure her that it wouldn't happen, that GA is very safe, and again point out that we as student pilots are trained for the "what if? & what about now?" scenarios. She tells me that she doesn't know why she's afraid of GA, but has been since she was a young girl. My response was simple, I completely understand and respect her feelings & fears.
A good friend of mine holds a commercial rating, and gave me some advise. He said to offer to take her up to the airport, give her a tour, and have her talk to some pilots and CFI's there. He also offered to take her up whenever she's ready, free of charge.
I'm very fortunate to have Tom & Peggy Dwelle (Reno racing fame; Critical Mass Sea fury, and a few other named planes that I can't remember now) hangared at the local airport. Peggy really likes my girls and has offered to give them a tour of their AT-6's any time they'd like. Peggy, a very respected pilot in her own right, has also offed to talk to my wife any time, to help ease her mind and help her understand what's involved in GA.
I relayed all the above info to her, which really put her at ease. However, I had to make one large (very understandable) concession.... the girls don't go fly yet! My response was again simple, I completely understand and respect her feelings & fears.
I told her that flying has always been my
dream, but could not do it without knowing that she was behind me... She said she understood my passion, and agreed (as long as the girls don't fly).
So, after the tax man comes by and rips a bunch of my extra cash
I'll finally start school.
Wish me luck!