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    Flight Simulator Build - woodworking distraction

    Well, for the last 2 or 3 months, when not traveling for work or whatnot, I’ve been pulled away from normal wood working projects building a flight simulator for my son. This has been completely made up on the fly using some purchased parts and some scraps on hand in the shop. We are getting close to being ready to move this to his room and get it connected to the 55” front screen. Phase 2 will be framing in two side walls with 23” monitors as the planes side windows.

    As my 13 year old has taught himself to fly, and taught him self air traffic control, we have been slowly embracing his interest. 2 years ago we gave him 2 hours in a real 737 simulator to which the facility owner indicated he was blown away and offered him an internship when he turned 18, and now we are building a Cessna style home simulator. Don’t know if he will be a pilot but I’m hopeful that as we finish this it helps him realize his dreams.

    Figured i would share some progress pictures for anyone interested.

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    Last edited by Greg Parrish; 12-01-2018 at 7:57 PM.

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    Greg, my hat's off to you!
    At the risk of blasphemy, your project is more important than woodworking-it's keeping both of you engaged with each other and whatever happens in the next 6 years or so, NOTHING will ever replace your concern and appreciation of his interests.
    It's what being a parent is all about.
    Wish the world had more of you.
    Aaron (foster/adoptive/natural parent)
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    Old enough to wish I could do it again.

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    This is awesome. My son and I had interest in cars. He wanted a 69 Merc Cougar. We bought it and found out the trans was not the correct one. Together we pulled the trans replaced the part of the trans that was incorrect and reinstalled the trans. That was a bonding moment. To this day my son and I are close.

    You will not regret taking the time for project that is his interest. More parents need to do what you are doing.
    George

    Making sawdust regularly, occasionally a project is completed.

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    Thanks guys. We are very close and when I saw his commitment and natural aptitude I decided to try to take it to the next level in support of his current interests and dream. Personally I’m still rooting for doctor or similar but at 13 he has a long time to decide what his future will hold. In the mean time we will continue to try to foster his imagination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Parrish View Post
    Thanks guys. We are very close and when I saw his commitment and natural aptitude I decided to try to take it to the next level in support of his current interests and dream. Personally Iím still rooting for doctor or similar but at 13 he has a long time to decide what his future will hold. In the mean time we will continue to try to foster his imagination.
    With a pilot shortage growing larger each day, I wouldn't worry about his wealth as a pilot. One airline recently starting hiring pilots to be, meaning they had never flown an aircraft? The retirement age was bumped from 60 to 65 not too many years ago. This was due to a couple things. When the majors went bankrupt, pilots lost their pensions, so they needed more working years, and the military isn't cranking out pilots like it once did. It's not only the airlines, but the transportation industry as a whole. Look on the back of any semi you are following and see if they are begging for help. A couple of the western railroads are now offering signing bonuses to come to work for them. Just a few years ago, there were a hundred applicant for each job, but not so any more

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    Greg, that is a really cool project. I don't know what the age is, but maybe real flying lessons are in order for the both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Wrenn View Post
    With a pilot shortage growing larger each day, I wouldn't worry about his wealth as a pilot. One airline recently starting hiring pilots to be, meaning they had never flown an aircraft? The retirement age was bumped from 60 to 65 not too many years ago. This was due to a couple things. When the majors went bankrupt, pilots lost their pensions, so they needed more working years, and the military isn't cranking out pilots like it once did. It's not only the airlines, but the transportation industry as a whole. Look on the back of any semi you are following and see if they are begging for help. A couple of the western railroads are now offering signing bonuses to come to work for them. Just a few years ago, there were a hundred applicant for each job, but not so any more
    Bruce has it right. There is quite a lot of concern about not just pilot shortages but maintenance techs as well. The military used to buy planes by the hundreds or thousands and pilots flew for the military for a few years then followed a well established route to the airlines. Today the military has fewer airplanes and are retaining pilots longer. If I were a youngster looking at an aviation career today, I'd consider the Air Force as a reserve pilot. I knew a young guy who was able to get a slot as an Air Force reserve pilot on the C5. I think he had to do 2 years active duty then 20(?) years reserve. A mid 20's guy with heavy transport qualifications and experience? Every air carrier in the world is going to be saying "Come on Down!" Airlines are well acquainted with military reserve pilots so I doubt that'd be a deterrent though they probably wouldn't want too high a percentage of their work force subject to call up.

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    That's awesome! Wish I had that when I was younger. The airlines are definitely hiring but anything can change!

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