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Old Fokker 50 Pilot
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I got my license in the nineties in Denmark and flew as a co-pilot and captain on the F50 and also a short spell as a first officer 737-800 for Ryan Air before quitting flying altogether in 2008. In my roughly 10 active years I flew around 4000 hours. In the meantime, I got married and had 2 beautiful children who are now growing up fast, and I've found myself wanting to get back to flying.
Having moved to Australia a couple of years ago I decided to "start over" and do all the CPL subjects one by one. It was while researching the much needed theory refresher that I was recommended Bob Tait's books and I find them absolutely fantastic. I've passed my Human Factors, am soon to do the Aircraft Gen Knowledge and then I'll do the rest of them over the next few months.
I was informed that I could do the CPL Conversion Exam, but I just needed a complete refresher and Australian perspective anyway, having done all of my flying in Europe (and a tiny bit Russia and Africa), hence the "starting over". Although it is perhaps a bit more work, I'm learning a lot and I find it easier to be able to focus on one thing at a time (is that good, as a pilot?
Thank you all for your great posts and information available on this forum, it's very much appreciated and I'll do my bit whenever possible.
It's great to hear from you. I can remember way back to the F27 Fokker Friendship. Boy! that makes me feel old. Great to hear that you have decided to get back into flying. In a country like Australia you should have lots of opportunity to enjoy flying with your family. We have very big skies here - plenty of room for everyone!
Thank you for your kind reply. Yes indeed, the first company I ever flew for also had an F27, and I always found them charming, with their analogue instruments and their noisy pneumatics, but still happy to have flown the F50, such a user-friendly plane. It's the only large turboprop I've ever heard of where you still have aileron control in a stall, it's so gentle and so forgiving, it was an absolute pleasure. Once again thank you for your warm welcome.