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Old November 21st 07, 06:47 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Jay Honeck
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Default Happy Thanksgiving, all!

As pilots and sometimes cantankerous aviation supporters, it's hard to
remember how much we have to be thankful for. It often seems that
the whole world is conspiring against aviation, with oil prices, users
fees, airport closures, Noise Nazis, and a hundred other issues all
coming together to make personal flying more and more difficult.

Despite these very real issues, a century after the Wright Brothers
our freedom to fly remains a true miracle of the age. We all like to
harp on the "loss of freedom" and obstacles to flying, but sometimes I
fear that we're in danger of believing our own rhetoric a bit too
much. No other humans on this planet enjoy the freedoms we do, as
pilots, and few non-pilots believe me when I tell them that I can hop
in my plane and fly straight to Florida any time I'd like, without
permission or even a radio in the plane!

Our 17 year old son is about to take his Private pilot check ride, and
-- with any luck -- he will have earned the right to partake in this
cornucopia of freedom, all for less than the cost of a cheap used
car. Just 110 years ago, the world's richest inhabitants would have
offered a king's ransom to achieve what can now be purchased for the
same price as a semester of college. THAT, my friends, is a miracle.

Enjoy your turkey and stuffing, folks -- but remember to say a silent
prayer of thanks for all the freedoms we pilots enjoy!

(And to our non-US friends, here, I encourage you to one day visit
America during the Thanksgiving holiday. It's my favorite holiday of
the year, because it only requires two things: Good family/friends,
and good food! No gifts, no obligations, no religion -- just, well,
thankfulness! A truly positive, upbeat holiday...)
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"
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Old November 21st 07, 08:33 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Gig 601XL Builder
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Default Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Jay Honeck wrote:


Enjoy your turkey and stuffing, folks -- but remember to say a silent
prayer of thanks for all the freedoms we pilots enjoy!



And here is a quick aviation and Thanksgiving related video to get you in
the mood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o5L9jiIfbY


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Old November 21st 07, 08:40 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Viperdoc
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Default Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Jay:

I'm sure you must be very busy these days on the Hillary for president
campaign. How many hours a week do you spend volunteering? Does it cut into
your flying time?

JN


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Old November 21st 07, 10:35 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Jay Honeck
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Default Happy Thanksgiving, all!

And here is a quick aviation and Thanksgiving related video to get you in
the mood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o5L9jiIfbY


A true classic! Thanks for that!
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"
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Old November 21st 07, 10:38 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Jay Honeck
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Default Happy Thanksgiving, all!

I'm sure you must be very busy these days on the Hillary for president
campaign. How many hours a week do you spend volunteering? Does it cut into
your flying time?


Nope, ain't gonna do it. Can't make this thread "go political", Jim
-- no way. Not for Turkey Day!

But I will say this: I am most thankful that I live in a country where
Hillary can run for office -- and we'll leave it at that...
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"
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Old November 21st 07, 11:19 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Judah
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Default Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Well said!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jay Honeck wrote in news:22fc7024-b51b-4434-939a-
:

reality check snipped for brevity

Enjoy your turkey and stuffing, folks -- but remember to say a silent
prayer of thanks for all the freedoms we pilots enjoy!

--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"


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Old November 21st 07, 11:25 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Viperdoc
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Default Happy Thanksgiving, all!

OK- how about a wish that the Packers beat the Lions on Thanksgiving day?

Or, better yet, how about a moment to think about all of our troops deployed
overseas as well as our military members that won't get a chance to lay on
the couch and watch the game, regardless of our political feelings.


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Old November 22nd 07, 01:40 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Jay Honeck
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Default Happy Thanksgiving, all!

OK- how about a wish that the Packers beat the Lions on Thanksgiving day?

Amen, brother!

Or, better yet, how about a moment to think about all of our troops deployed
overseas as well as our military members that won't get a chance to lay on
the couch and watch the game, regardless of our political feelings.


Double amen!
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"
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Old November 22nd 07, 01:50 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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Default Happy Thanksgiving, all!

On Nov 21, 10:47 am, Jay Honeck wrote:
As pilots and sometimes cantankerous aviation supporters, it's hard to
remember how much we have to be thankful for. It often seems that
the whole world is conspiring against aviation, with oil prices, users
fees, airport closures, Noise Nazis, and a hundred other issues all
coming together to make personal flying more and more difficult.

Despite these very real issues, a century after the Wright Brothers
our freedom to fly remains a true miracle of the age. We all like to
harp on the "loss of freedom" and obstacles to flying, but sometimes I
fear that we're in danger of believing our own rhetoric a bit too
much. No other humans on this planet enjoy the freedoms we do, as
pilots, and few non-pilots believe me when I tell them that I can hop
in my plane and fly straight to Florida any time I'd like, without
permission or even a radio in the plane!

Our 17 year old son is about to take his Private pilot check ride, and
-- with any luck -- he will have earned the right to partake in this
cornucopia of freedom, all for less than the cost of a cheap used
car. Just 110 years ago, the world's richest inhabitants would have
offered a king's ransom to achieve what can now be purchased for the
same price as a semester of college. THAT, my friends, is a miracle.

Enjoy your turkey and stuffing, folks -- but remember to say a silent
prayer of thanks for all the freedoms we pilots enjoy!

(And to our non-US friends, here, I encourage you to one day visit
America during the Thanksgiving holiday. It's my favorite holiday of
the year, because it only requires two things: Good family/friends,
and good food! No gifts, no obligations, no religion -- just, well,
thankfulness! A truly positive, upbeat holiday...)
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"


I am headed out now for a leisure night flight around Jackson Hole. 16
degrees f, wind calm,snow on all the peaks, three quarter moon
shining. It is a magical time of year and only in America can we drag
our toy out of the hangar, launch into a perfect night and explore
paradise. It is a GREAT time to be alive. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Thankgiving to all..

Ben
N801BH
www.haaspowerair.com
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Old November 22nd 07, 05:42 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Jay Honeck
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Default Happy Thanksgiving, all!

I am headed out now for a leisure night flight around Jackson Hole. 16
degrees f, wind calm,snow on all the peaks, three quarter moon
shining. It is a magical time of year and only in America can we drag
our toy out of the hangar, launch into a perfect night and explore
paradise. It is a GREAT time to be alive. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


That says it all, Ben. We are soooooo lucky to be alive at this
place, at this time.

Don't eat too much Turkey!
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"
 




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