24 years ago my wife stood w/ my baby boy on her hip and asked me to sell my M-4. No snide comments about a Maule, I loved it. We talked about raising a family, time, money, fears, and she asked me to sell the plane. When the kids got older, she said we could do it all again some day.
That day happened last week. My buddy ran down to ANC to do the pre-buy after the first buyer fell through. He called me through the process and after he flew it he suggested it might be silly to walk away from this one. Thursday I was at FAI Int'l when I watched a pretty C170B turn final for the ski strip, and for the first time I laid eyes on my new plane. Wow!
When my buddy and I first decided to do the pre-buy, he likened it to being a kid, and getting the bat on the ball for the first time, then realizing you had to start running. All the while saying, "oh crap" "oh crap" "oh crap". Through the journey, we "ran the bases", all the while saying over and over, "oh crap". After the buy, as he drove home, we talked and he said, "what base are you on"? I said, "just turned third, headed home, and I'm still saying oh crap, oh crap".
I decided during cancer treatment 2 years ago I was going to fly again and I've been looking at planes ever since. This one came about at the right time, I was given an opportunity, I reached for it, and it happened. Talk about fast though. Whew!
I have a few things to do to get ready; medical, registration, insurance, etc. I want to install good intercom and a few other minor things. With any luck I'll be in the air inside of 2 weeks.
The look on my "kids" (20 and 24) was priceless when I surprised them with the plane. They kind of knew I was looking, but figured it was another of dad's crazy dreams. When I took my buddy out to have him help me move "somebody's" plane, the look on his face when he read the note I left was just crazy.
I've got a lot of work to do to be comfortable again. I do not take lightly that I've been out of the game for so long. I have not been in a hurry to date, I do not intend in getting in a hurry now and cutting any corners. I've got all summer to build time, have fun, and re-learn the basics once again. And I get to watch my son, and maybe my daughter, learn to fly too.