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Old 08-02-2006, 04:08 PM   #11
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that is AWSOME! Congratz Ben!
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Wow, Can you tell that I haven't looked at the FAR for almost 4 years.

How cool was that feeling to go out just you and the lady and do whatever you wanted?

Again, congratulations
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So when'* the Bonne flying home with you?
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Cool...............

That'* a mighty cute co-pilot
Have to agree there...

Great pics BTW... Been a long time seince I have seen Arizona

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So when'* the Bonne flying home with you?
Maybe in 15 years I'll be able to fly a 747 cargo hauler... Then the Bonnie can come with me. Until then you're outta luck, buddy!


Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. Yeah, Holly'* definitely my co-pilot babe! It was great to be on our own and have the freedom to cruise around the valley and see the sights.

I'll have to get some good shots of the area dragstrips, Phoenix International Raceway, and the multiple proving grounds that dot the landscape around Phoenix. It'* fun to head out to the southern aerial practice areas, because there are two huge test tracks near the town of Maricopa that we're always flying over for maneuvers. There are many times that you can see different cars, trucks, and SUVs zipping around the turns or doing other kinds of data collecting. Pretty interesting, though I don't know which manufacturers use which tracks.
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congrats ben!
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Congratulations, Ben. You are on your way. Good to see you are licensed now, so I can tell the family it is safe to go outside, again. :P

Proving grounds and test tracks are numerable. Pretty much everybody...Ford, GM, Toyota, Chrysler are the big ones.....hot weather testing, you know.
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So let me get this straight... once you are up in the air you're free to roam arround the sky? wow, talk about the ultimate date!
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Congrats man PHX doesn't look half bad from the air!
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Thanks again for the congrats, folks.

Ya know, I've got to say that this is one of the coolest things I've ever done. I would recommend flying to anyone who is remotely interested. It'* not as difficult or costly to get a license as you might expect. And it'* fun as heck to go roaming around the sky!
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